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Successes

February, 2012

 

In February, we launched an ad campaign in Field & Stream and Grist called What Would Aldo do?  It asked whether famous conservationists Aldo Leopold and Teddy Roosevelt would support the House agriculture committee’s proposed $6 billion in conservation cuts and provided sound policy arguments that lay the groundwork for the successful Chambliss amendment.

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February, 2012

We put hydraulic fracturing on the map as an important environmental issue in California.    In February, we published an exposé documenting how California regulators had turned a blind eye to fracking for decades. Until we released this report, state regulators had denied that fracking was taking place in California. There were no regulations governing the practice and no state plans to issue any. 

EWG has been at the forefront of the effort to press the state of California to produce fracking regulations that protect health, the environment and the public’s right to know.  

The California Department of Conservation has admitted that fracking is occurring in the state and has promised to develop regulations to control pollution generated by the process.   

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January, 2012

In January, we helped convince Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect 1 million acres near Grand Canyon National Park from new uranium mining claims for the next 20 years.  Salazar’s action marked a decisive victory for the national park and for 26 million Americans who depend on drinking water from the Colorado River that flows through the canyon.

EWG had campaigned for this decision for four years, beginning in  December 2007 when we exposed a surge of uranium mining claims near the canyon.

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December, 2011

As EWG advocated, the corn-ethanol tax credit was allowed to expire on December 31, 2011, along with tariff protection for ethanol. The Senate voted by an overwhelming 73 to 27 to kill the so-called Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit.  The House voted 283 to 128 in favor of an amendment to bar the use of federal funds to subsidize ethanol infrastructure - the industry’s Plan B. It has been downhill since then for the corn ethanol lobby. 

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December, 2011

An EWG review of 84 cereal brands found that only one in four children’s cereals met a government panel’s voluntary proposed guidelines, which recommend no more than 26 percent added sugar by weight. EWG called for an even lower cap on sugar in children’s cereals.   

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November, 2011

Food authority Michael Pollan, writing  in Forbes magazine, named EWG president Ken Cook one of the world’s seven “most powerful foodies.”    Pollan said that “Cook has campaigned tirelessly to overhaul federal farm policy so that it can support, rather than undermine, America's public health and environmental goals.”

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November, 2011

We put all hands on deck to oppose the subsidy lobby’s attempt to stuff the farm bill into the Super Committee deficit reduction proposal. We developed and released a stream of reports drawing media attention to the machinations of the subsidy lobby, produced a video that was aired on CNN and in Des Moines broadcast markets urging viewers to help stop the secret farm bill, visited 50 Congressional offices to ask them to help stop the secret farm bill and called every Senate and House office expressing our opposition to the bill.  Our commissioned research on a new crop insurance proposal that would have cost taxpayers mightily was a game-changer that effectively killed the secret negotiations on the bill. Grist writer Tom Laskawy, in a piece entitled “No Secret Farm Bill and other things to be thankful for,” praised EWG for making the secret farm bill public.  New York Times writer Mark Bittman called EWG “the best watchdog on misallocated subsides.” 

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October, 2011

The Hill newspaper in Washington D.C. named Ken Cook one of the country’s best top grassroots lobbyists, observing, “Cook is at the forefront of challenges to corn ethanol and subsidies for Big Agriculture, upcoming hot-button issues as Congress tackles energy matters and starts work on a new farm bill. “

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October, 2011

EWG organized support for the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act introduced  in October 2011 by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Me.) and Sen Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

October, 2011

On October 4, 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an EWG-backed bill to ban BPA in sippy cups and baby bottles. After this victory, the chemical industry, reversed itself and said it would no longer battle measures to rid baby bottles and sippy cups of BPA.

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