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2012

December, 2012
The ethanol industry is lobbying for billions more in subsidies and bailouts to keep expanding production of corn ethanol despite all its unresolved environmental and social problems. EWG, working with the Clean Air Task Force, Friends of the Earth and the Network for New Energy Choices, developed a detailed agenda for overhauling ethanol and biofuel subsidies and mandates as part of a new and...
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September, 2012
EWG assembled a coalition of more than 100 grassroots consumer, religious, public health and environmental organizations from 20 states to call on the Obama administration to stop deceptive oil and gas leasing practices that undermine property values and mortgages. EWG sent a letter signed by each organization to the federal Financial Consumer Protection Bureau, Federal Housing Finance Agency and...
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September, 2012
EWG launched EWG’s 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning on Sept. 10, the first interactive rating system that scores popular cleaning products for toxicity and disclosure of contents.
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August, 2012
EWG’s August 2012 report Plowed Under: How Crop Subsidies Contribute to Massive Habitat Losses , our several analyses of crop insurance subsidies and the 2012 Farm Subsidy Database , released July 3, have assured that EWG had a major voice in the farm bill debate. The New York Times ran an editorial that underscored EWG’s key messages on farm policy reform. Two EWG-published reports by Iowa State...
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August, 2012
In August , EWG released Good Food on a Tight Budget , the only guide of its kind that lists the most nutritious, most economical and least polluted fruits, vegetables, proteins, grains and dairy items so that low-income families can make healthier food choices. We hosted a webinar to introduce the guide to more than 850 people active in local anti-hunger and nutrition efforts across 46 states...
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August, 2012
EWG worked closely with House and Senate champions and the White House to enact legislation to extend health benefits to military veterans and family members exposed to toxic chemicals at Camp Lejeune. EWG joined North Carolina legislators and other congressional leaders in pressing for the bill's passage and helped secure a White House signing ceremony. When President Obama signed the Honoring...
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July, 2012
On July 25. the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved the Safe Chemicals Act, the subject of a 19-year EWG campaign to reform American toxic chemicals controls. On June 18, California Gov. Jerry Brown directed state agencies to revise outdated and unsupportable flammability standards. Brown's press release cited EWG's 2008 groundbreaking study that found California toddlers...
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June, 2012
EWG worked with subsidy reform champions to support five floor amendments to the Senate farm bill. Two prevailed: an amendment by Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) to make conservation compliance a condition of crop insurance and an amendment by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to reduce insurance subsidies for large farms. EWG led a broad coalition to oppose the House farm bill.
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June, 2012
Our hard-hitting, much-quoted report, "Inside Track," revealed that New York regulators gave the drilling industry exclusive access to draft drilling regulations weeks before they were made public, according to records obtained through New York's Freedom of Information Law. Thomas Cluderay, EWG Assistant General Counsel, spoke at a rally at New York City Hall and forum hosted by 7 members of the...
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April, 2012
EWG co-hosted the "Beyond Business as Usual" energy conference with the Civil Society Institute at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Mass. We brought together grassroots groups from around the country to develop strategies to move the nation rapidly toward a truly clean energy future. In July, EWG and CSI jointly released a survey showing that the vast majority of Americans...
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