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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The coalition led by EWG and dermatologist Steven Q. Wang has asked the FDA to finalize its sunscreen regulations this year and to expedite its review of new ingredients that could enhance the products’ sun protections. The letter is signed by 69 physicians and scientists.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Environmental Working Group will join other watchdog groups in monitoring the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s (SFPUC) controversial management of sewage sludge. EWG President Ken Cook said that advocacy organizations have been right to oppose the distribution of composted sewage sludge from the SFPUC for use on Bay Area gardens and farmland.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s commitment to protecting people and the environment from harmful chemicals was on display again yesterday as the agency announced plans to scrutinize closely the potential environmental risks of bisphenol-A (BPA).
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
David DeGennaro, previously Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI), is joining the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as a legislative and policy analyst in the organization’s Washington DC office. He joins the EWG farm bill team the week of March 29, 2010.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Since February, the National Black Farmers Association has been rallying support to persuade Congress to distribute the $1.15 billion promised to black farmers in the 1999 Pigford settlement, which resolved a lawsuit charging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with decades of discriminatory practices. Unfortunately, a looming March 31 deadline for appropriating the funds could foil the effort to bring closure at last to thousands of farmers and their families.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) plans to mark up her Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on Wednesday, March 24th. The legislation would reauthorize child nutrition programs and increase their funding by $4.5 billion over 10 years.
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Monday, March 15, 2010
Proposed budget cuts threaten half a billion dollars in federal grants to help U.S. farmers protect the environment, but an alliance of California agriculture, labor, and conservation groups are fighting to keep the programs alive.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
An Israeli tech startup called Tawkon has developed a mobile application that estimates the level of radiation emitted from cell phones, which a growing body of research – though not definitive – suggests may be a health risk, especially for children. But when Tawkon submitted it for approval as an iPhone app, Apple turned it down.
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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Subject: Industrial chemicals in umbilical cord blood – including persistent and bioaccumulative compounds – need urgent action
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Thursday, February 25, 2010
The Maryland Senate today unanimously voted to ban the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups. The Senate’s action, by a vote of 45 to 0, marks the last major hurdle for the BPA ban, sponsored by Senator Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County).
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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Among the flood of new smart phones, the Motorola Droid, Blackberry Bold, and Google Nexus One rate high marks from tech reviewers for performance and features. But the reviews and ads don’t mention that these phones also emit relatively high levels of radiation, compared to federal safety standards.
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Monday, February 15, 2010
Today (Feb 15th) may be the President's Day holiday, but for the president of the National Black Farmer's Association (NBFA) it's the culmination of a remarkable push to bring justice to thousands of black farmers and their families.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Companies drilling for natural gas and oil are skirting federal law and injecting toxic petroleum distillates into thousands of wells, threatening drinking water supplies from New York to Wyoming. Federal and state regulators, meanwhile, largely look the other way. The findings are part of a new report by Environmental Working Group titled Drilling Around the Law . ( http://www.ewg.org/drillingaroundthelaw )
Friday, January 15, 2010
Today’s decision by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse its position over the health risks posed by the chemical, bisphenol A (BPA) could be the Waterloo for the ubiquitous estrogen mimicking substance found in the blood and urine of almost every American.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
While other federal public health and environmental agencies have targeted the plastics ingredient bisphenol A (BPA) as a chemical of concern to human health, the Food and Drug Administration has remained silent. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook asked why.
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Monday, January 4, 2010
Thousands of Chemical Names and Ingredients Kept Under Wraps At EPA
Friday, December 18, 2009
Late Thursday, three large chemical companies and officials of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a deal to phase out the toxic flame retardant Decabromodiphenyl ether (Deca). Deca is heavily used in consumer electronics, furniture, textiles and plastic shipping pallets.
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
With its fourth and most ambitious edition of its National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals , released today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) casts the issue of pollution in people in sharp focus.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tap water in many large metropolitan areas is polluted with a cocktail of chemical contaminants. These pollutants usually don't violate any legal standards, but they often come in potentially toxic combinations that raise serious questions about the long-term safety of drinking the water. Pensacola, Fla.; Riverside, Calif.; and Las Vegas top the list of major cities with the most contaminated tap water.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Rachel's Network have detected bisphenol A (BPA) for the first time in the umbilical cord blood of U.S. newborns.
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