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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Today, the Food and Drug Administration sent a special women’s health alert and unveiled a new webpage urging caution for anyone using formaldehyde in hair-smoothing treatments, sometimes referred to as Brazilian blowouts.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

The Environmental Working Group submitted comments to the EPA Office of Research and Development urging the agency to include the Hallmarks of Cancer approach as a part of the cancer hazard identification analysis in the Integrated Risk Informatio

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Friday, February 26, 2021

EWG News Roundup (2/26): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Last month, after a year-long investigation, former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and eight other officials were charged for their roles in the Flint water crisis – the environmental disaster that shocked the nation seven years ago. All nine defendants pleaded not guilty to 42 charges, including willful neglect of duty, manslaughter, extortion, perjury and obstruction of justice.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency must take a series of steps to protect public health and the environment from the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from being incinerated or dumped in landfills, wrote more than 30 environmental and public health organizations in comments submitted to the agency this week.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

EWG News Roundup (2/19): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Prenatal exposure to the widely used plasticizer chemicals called phthalates can lead to learning, attention and behavioral disorders in children, according to a peer-reviewed study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency will revamp the way it assesses toxic chemicals for health risks under the Toxic Substances Control Act, a process that under the Trump administration often let political appointees water down or disregard findings of the agency’s scientists.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

EWG News Roundup (2/12): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

In 2019, in the absence of enforceable federal limits, New Hampshire became one of the first states to set its own drinking water standards for the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos should be banned for use immediately by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Working Group wrote in a public comment letter [link to letter] to the agency this week. The EPA should make it illegal for any traces of chlorpyrifos to be present on produce or other foods.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Environmental Working Group submitted testimony to the Maine Committee on Health and Human Services on Legislative Document No.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Environmental Working Group submitted comments to the EPA urging the agency to revoke the proposed interim decision for chlorpyrifos, issued in December 2020, to cancel all chlorpyrifos uses, and revoke all tolerances of the insecticide immedi

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today voted 14-6 to confirm Michael Regan to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The full Senate will vote in the coming days on Regan’s nomination to head the agency.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

WASHINGTON – A new study heightens concerns about firefighters’ exposure to the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS: Nearly 99 percent of the fluorine found in tests of dust from inside fire stations likely came from unknown PFAS chemicals that could not be identified as one that researchers had tested for.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

On Thursday, a congressional investigation revealed it had found that a number of widely sold baby food brands are tainted with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals, including arseniclead, cadmium and mercury. The investigation, led by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), chair of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, highlights major failures within the Food and Drug Administration.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Several brands of widely sold baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, according to a new investigation by a House subcommittee.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

To protect the health of people, communities and the environment, the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS should not be regulated one by one but as a class, more than a dozen scientists, including this author, argue in an article published today in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

EWG News Roundup (1/29): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In a sharp break from the policies of the Trump administration, President Biden today issued an ambitious series of executive orders to combat the climate crisis, embrace science and foster environmental justice by ordering the federal government to pour resources into low-income communities and communities of color that bear an outsized burden from pollution and global warming.

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