Toxics

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Friday, June 28, 2019

The cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane, which contaminates the drinking water of millions of Americans and is found in personal care products and other consumer goods, is “not an unreasonable risk” to the American public or the environment, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Senate today passed a defense spending bill including a bipartisan amendment to dramatically expand efforts to monitor the scope of the PFAS contamination crisis and eliminate a major source of the contamination.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Amendments proposed Tuesday to the House version of a must-pass defense bill would dramatically expand efforts to monitor and clean up contamination of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Bill Wehrum, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s office of air and radiation, who played a key role in the Trump administration’s efforts to repeal key Obama-era climate change initiatives at the behest of the fossil fuel industry, quit today.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Glyphosate, the most heavily used pesticide in the U.S., should be added to the list of toxic chemicals the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regularly measures in the bodies of the American people, Environmental Working Group said in a letter sent today to the CDC.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

EWG has submitted a petition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting biomonitoring of the American public for glyphosate, a commonly used weed-killing chemical that has been associated with an elevated risk of cancer and harm

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Monday, June 24, 2019

Because of the contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., most people know about the health threat of lead in drinking water. But water isn’t the chief source of lead poisoning. It’s windows. And warm weather just makes the problem worse.

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Children's Health
Article
Monday, June 24, 2019

Drinking water contaminated with nitrate could be responsible for more than 12,500 cases of cancer each year, according to a peer-reviewed study by Environmental Working Group presented today at a conference of leading cancer and environmental health experts.

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News Release
Friday, June 21, 2019

EWG News Roundup (6/21): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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News and Analysis
Article
Friday, June 21, 2019

Toxic PFAS chemicals, notorious for contaminating drinking water supplies across the U.S., are harmful to nearly every human organ, and the immune system is particularly vulnerable. PFAS mixtures, which are used in a variety of consumer products, can be found in the bodies of nearly every American and in the developing fetus.

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News and Analysis
Article
Thursday, June 20, 2019

One in five U.S. adults gets 81 percent of their calories from so-called ultraprocessed foods, industrially processed foods that are hyperpalatable and highly profitable formulations of ingredients and additives designed to make products “look, smell, feel and taste like food.” 

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News and Analysis
Article
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

On Tuesday, bipartisan legislation to protect Californians, especially children, from jewelry tainted with highly toxic heavy metals sailed through a key committee.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A key Senate committee today approved a bipartisan proposal to expand dramatically government efforts to monitor the scope of the PFAS contamination crisis.

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News Release
Saturday, June 15, 2019

A bipartisan amendment proposed for the Senate version of an annual defense spending bill would dramatically expand efforts to monitor the scope of the toxic PFAS chemical contamination crisis.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Laboratory tests conducted nearly 20 years ago that have gone largely unreported found high levels of the toxic fluorinated chemical known as PFAS a number of popular supermarket foods.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The House of Representatives will soon consider a must-pass piece of legislation that includes a provision to prohibit the use on military installations of firefighting foam containing the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The two top officials with the Food and Drug Administration today dismissed test results by the agency’s own scientists that found high levels of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in food.

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News Release
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

At least 475 industrial facilities across the nation could be discharging the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS into the air and water, according to an EWG analysis of government data.

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News and Analysis
Article
Monday, June 10, 2019

For many families, summer means a whole new routine – different schedules, carpools and activities, and kids spending more time outside. These changes bring a whole new set of considerations about how best to take care of yourself and your family during the summer, in a way that protects their health and the environment. To help, we’ve rounded up EWG’s best advice for parents. Here’s our guide to the best of summer.

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