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Friday, January 15, 2021

EWG News Roundup (1/15): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

In one of the most reprehensible and dangerous decisions by the Trump Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Andrew Wheeler will announce tomorrow that the agency will drop proposals to ban certain hazardous uses for three extremely toxic, even lethal chemicals.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

In yet another 11th-hour rollback of public health protections, political leaders at the Environmental Protection Agency overruled career scientists and watered down a major health assessment for one of the most toxic “forever chemicals” estimated to contaminate the drinking water for nearly 1 million Americans.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Most people know that soda contains sweetener and carbonation, but they may not be aware of an ingredient in some soft drinks that can harm the nervous system – brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, a food additive banned in Europe but allowed in the U.S.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

The soda industry has long been recognized as a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. In an attempt to change the narrative, Big Soda is pushing diet drinks, spending $296 million on marketing in 2018 alone. But artificial sweeteners might not be the health boon the industry is hoping for, according to a new study by Belgian researchers.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

EWG News Roundup (1/8): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

EWG submitted comments to the EPA in opposition to proposed new uses of the neurotoxic insecticide aldicarb on oranges and grapefruit in Texas and Florida.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Newly released test data from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency show that more than 100 public water systems in the state are contaminated with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

With two weeks left in President Trump’s term, his Environmental Protection Agency has once again issued an 11th-hour rule that will hamper the incoming Biden administration’s efforts to protect public health.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Are you looking to make a clean start to 2021? If you’re ready to start living cleaner and healthier, EWG is here to help. Take a look at some of our top resolutions, with resources to help you stick with them.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The FY 2021 omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress Monday night provides nearly $300 million for new investments to address the regulation and cleanup of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

EWG submitted comments to the EPA in support of regulatory revisions to the State 1 and Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rules on the regulation of additional disinfection byproducts in drinking water.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

It’s been a long and hard year, and many of us are looking forward to the festivities and traditions of the holiday season. Although Covid-19 restrictions make it difficult for many to celebrate in person with their loved ones, holiday gift-giving will remain in force.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

An eleventh-hour proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency would approve incineration and other disposal methods for some of the fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS that would neither destroy nor contain the toxic “forever chemicals.”

 

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Friday, December 18, 2020

EWG News Roundup (12/18): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Michael Regan as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, The New York Times reports. Regan, 44, currently North Carolina’s top environmental official, would be the second Black person to lead the agency charged with protecting public health and the environment, after Lisa Jackson, who headed the EPA during President Obama’s second term.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

In his campaign’s environmental justice plan, President-elect Joe Biden made a historic commitment to tackle contamination from the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. One critical promise in his plan is to designate the two most notorious PFAS chemicals – PFOA, formerly used to make DuPont’s Teflon, and PFOS, formerly an ingredient in 3M’s Scotchgard – as hazardous substances under the federal Superfund law.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

EWG News Roundup (12/11): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

A federal health agency is investigating whether exposure to the fluorinated "forever chemicals" called PFAS could affect the potential effectiveness and duration of a Covid-19 vaccine.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Today the Environmental Working Group published a new comprehensive Guide to Safer Diapers, an analysis of the chemicals and materials used in baby diapers, to help parents and caregivers sort through the vast array of product options – and related advertising claims – available on the market. 

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