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Friday, August 14, 2009
For the first time under the Obama administration’s leadership, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled on Monday, August 17th, to update the public on its new scientific review of the safety of the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
In efforts to protect the nation’s food supply from further chemical contamination, Environmental Working Group (EWG) today urged the country’s largest grocery stores and supermarkets to suspend the use of plastic food storage racks that contain the toxic flame retardant chemical and neurotoxin commonly called Deca (decabromodiphenyl).
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Monday, August 3, 2009
Researchers from a major medical center in New York have reported that 7 out of 10 U.S. children have low levels of vitamin D , placing them at higher risk for bone disorders, heart disease, and other health problems (Kumar 2009).
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Friday, July 31, 2009
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Food Safety and Enhancement Act of 2009 (H.R.2749) which included a provision by Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) that would require the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make a determination on BPA safety by the end of this year.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
A report from a group of English researchers who claim to have conducted “the most extensive systematic review of the available published literature on nutrient content of organic food ever conducted,” downplayed their own results that favored organic food, and failed to consider the use of toxic pesticides or chemical additives when forming their conclusions.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Environmental Working Group (EWG) President Ken Cook today sent a UV-protective umbrella and letter to Dr. Margaret Hamburg, commissioner of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the agency to issue safety standards for sunscreens.
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Monday, July 20, 2009
U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, today proposed to place off-limits to new mining activity approximately one million acres near the Grand Canyon for up to 20 years. The proposal prohibits the staking of new mining claims for up to two years to allow for various studies to be performed. Previous attempts by a House committee to protect the Grand Canyon were ignored by the Bush administration.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A California science advisory panel today failed to declare exposure to the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) toxic to the developing fetus and child, despite mounting scientific evidence of health risks.
Friday, July 10, 2009
The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), narrowly approved in the House, is an important first step toward slowing climate change.
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Tuesday, July 7, 2009
An Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation of almost 200 popular bottled water brands found less than 2 percent disclose the water’s source, how the water has been purified and what chemical pollutants each bottle of water may contain. Just 2 of the 188 individual brands EWG analyzed disclosed those three basic facts about their water.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In an affirmation of Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) three-year campaign for more effective sunscreens, 70 percent of sunscreens offered for the 2009 beach season contain strong UVA filters, compared to just 29 percent last year.
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Friday, June 26, 2009
Eight of 10 dog food brands tested by an independent laboratory commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG) contain fluoride in amounts up to 2.5 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national drinking water standard.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Animal Studies Link Chemical to Cancer, Brain and Reproductive Disorders
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
In a rare move, the House Energy and Commerce Committee directed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its safety determination over the controversial toxic plastics additive, bisphenol A (BPA) used in the linings of food and beverage containers, baby bottles and liquid infant formula.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Environmental Working Group (EWG) today launched an interactive online site featuring news and commentary, as well as a forum for a thought-provoking exchange of ideas on reforming the nation’s federal toxic chemicals policies.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The US Geological Survey reported today that nutrient loading in the Gulf of Mexico will be among the highest measured in the past 30 years. This news underscores how decades of broken funding promises are a big reason why agriculture is a leading cause of pollution in American lakes, rivers, and streams.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
The country’s top endocrine scientists have declared the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and other environmental pollutants shown to disrupt the endocrine system to be a “significant concern to public health.”
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Environmental Working Group (EWG) today called on The Coca-Cola Company’s chairman and chief executive officer Muhtar Kent to take immediate steps to reduce children’s exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical used in beverage bottles and beverage can linings.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Hydraulic fracturing, the process pioneered by Halliburton in which water and toxic chemicals are injected into the ground to force out oil and natural gas may finally lose its exemption from basic environmental protections.
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Monday, June 8, 2009
We have received news that Dr. Kate Mahaffey passed away on June 2, 2009. Please read about her here - her work is an inspiration for all of us at EWG.