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Successes

July, 2014

EWG Research Director Renee Sharp met with top Federal Communications Commission officials. This was followed by a petition with 26,000+ signatures and an EWG-drafted letter from 12 environmental health organizations, calling on the FCC to update its cellphone radiation standards.

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July, 2014

EWG analysis determined that thousands of schools sat within the toxic “drift” zone of corn and soybean fields that might be sprayed with a toxic chemical linked to Parkinson’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin organized 35 doctors and scientists to write to the Obama administration, urging rejection of Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo, a pesticide mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate.

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July, 2014

In partnership with the Just Label It campaign, EWG hosted a Capitol Hill lobby day with Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s to fight a federal bill to bar GMO labeling, which we dubbed the “Deny Americans Right to Know,” or DARK, act. In December, EWG organized a lobbying day and congressional briefing against the DARK Act with celebrity chefs Jose Andres, Tom Colicchio, Sam Talbot and Micheline Mendelsohn. 

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July, 2014

EWG’s reports on fracking and lawsuit against the Cuomo administration helped convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban this risky practice in New York.

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May, 2014

EWG’s report found that nearly half of American kids consumed potentially harmful amounts of vitamin A, zinc and niacin because of excessively fortified processed food, outdated nutritional labeling and misleading ads. All three national morning shows and “The Colbert Report” featured the report.

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May, 2014

May 2014, EWG’s analysis of more than 1,500 cereals documented that anyone who ate one bowl of kids’ cereal a day would consume up to 10 pounds of sugar a year.

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April, 2014

April 2014, Our new remote sensing and landscape analysis capacity, led by Soren Rundquist and Craig Cox, visually told the story of damages industrial agriculture inflicts. Their report “Broken Stream Banks” showed that 170 waterways in southern Minnesota lacked required vegetation strips that would have prevented farm runoff from polluting rivers. Their August report, “‘Washout’ Revisited,” demonstrated that ephemeral gullies still ravaged many fields.

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April, 2014

April 2014, EWG organized a rally on the Supreme Court steps with Erin Brockovich, and Camp Lejeune activists Jerome Ensminger and Mike Partain. The high court’s decision prevents victims from suing the U.S. Department of Defense for water contamination.

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March, 2014

March 2014, EWG’s Paul Pestano’s report on men’s environmental health established that hormone disrupting chemicals endanger men’s cardiovascular and reproductive health.

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March, 2014

March 2014, EWG’s analysis showed that the Chemicals in Commerce Act proposed by Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., did not offer real reform to the Toxic Substances Act and would curtail states’ chemical safety initiatives.

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