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Industry doesn’t have to test chemicals for safety before they go on the market. EWG steps in where government leaves off, giving you the resources to protect yourself and your family.

Monday, May 18, 2020

As many hair salons remain closed months into the national shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, at-home hair dyes are flying off store shelves. But many of these products may contain potentially harmful ingredients.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

In defiance of a federal court order, the Trump administration will not adopt any limits on perchlorate, a rocket fuel chemical associated with brain damage in infants and young children.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

The notorious human carcinogen asbestos has been found in two talc-containing eye shadow palettes, according to laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) objects to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to apply polluter-friendly limitations to the types of scientific data that can be considered for environmental policy rulemaking at the EPA.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Environmental Working Group objects to the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to apply the outdated, insufficiently protective radiofrequency (RF) radiation exposure limits to 5G technology and to RF emissions above 6 GHz.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has directed all counties to tighten restrictions on pesticide spraying near homes, to protect children from toxic chemicals drifting from crop fields while they are homebound during the coronavirus pandemic. Newsome’s order signals a new approach to California agriculture regulation, calling for “transitioning away from harmful chemicals.”

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Friday, May 8, 2020

EWG News Roundup (5/8): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

My life’s work is to protect and promote babies’ health, and as all parents know (and now the whole world is learning, or seeing in the background on a Zoom call), our personal and professional lives are never really separate.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

EWG submits comments opposing the EPA’s decisions to allow continued use of five neonicotinoid insecticides.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

EWG News Roundup (5/1): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Being stuck at home for weeks on end stinks. But it’s necessary to flatten the curve of the coronavirus, so let’s make the best of it.

EWG came up with ways to take advantage of this time of self-isolation with little or no contact with other people besides those in your pandemic “pod.” Here are five ideas to consider that can benefit your skin and your overall health.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

At least 2,500 industrial facilities across the nation could be discharging the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS into the air and water, according to an updated EWG analysis of government data. But one state has seen substantial drops in industrial PFAS discharges: Michigan. Now other states are learning from Michigan’s success.

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Friday, April 24, 2020

EWG News Roundup (4/24): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Research by the Environmental Working Group and the PFAS Project at Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, or SSEHRI, has helped to map the crisis of contamination with the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, now recorded at more than 1,400 locations in 49 states. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Firefighting foam is one of the most significant sources of water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. PFAS-based firefighting foams have been widely used by the military, fire training centers and airports for five decades, even though the Pentagon has known since the 1970s that PFAS is toxic.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Removal of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS from drinking water costs local communities millions of dollars, says a new Environmental Working Group study, published today in the European water industry journal Water Solutions. The study documented the severe threat PFAS poses to drinking water safety, emphasizing that preventing ongoing discharges of PFAS is key to protecting public health.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

EWG News Roundup (4/17): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Despite bipartisan opposition in Congress, and from environmentalists and the entire electric utility industry, the Environmental Protection Agency today is expected to dramatically weaken federal air pollution standards the agency’s own scientists had estimated would prevent thousands of heart and asthma attacks, and deaths, each year.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Ignoring his own scientists and public health advocates, Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler refused today to tighten federal standards for soot emitted from auto tailpipes and smokestacks that causes serious respiratory harm.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Coronavirus sufferers in places with dirtier air are far more likely to die than those in areas with cleaner air, according to the first nationwide study of the connection between fossil fuel pollution and deaths from COVID-19.

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