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.
The new requirements under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will for the first time require the Environmental Protection Agency to systematically review existing chemicals on the TSCA inventory. This is an unprecedented opportunity to perform robust risk evaluations and promulgate strong regulations to protect all Americans from the most toxic chemicals in our society.
EWG has spent over a decade advocating for reforms to strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). EPA should use its expanded authority to create a robust, data-driven risk evaluation process that will give it a full picture of a chemical’s risks to the environment and people, including particularly vulnerable populations like children or people residing in fenceline communities.
We respectfully submit this letter on behalf of the Environmental Working Group, in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to ask the Office of Management and Budget to renew the agency’s information-collecting authority under Section 8(e) of the federal Toxic Substances Control ActRead More
Americans have been exposed to potentially harmful flame retardant chemicals for decades.
Fluorine-based chemicals that can cause cancer, developmental toxicity and numerous other detrimental health effects have contaminated the drinking water of millions of Americans, and the blood of people and animals worldwide. But how did these chemicals get there – and what happens when they’re passed on to future generations?
On Aug. 3, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Food Quality Protection Act, a landmark law that required the EPA to show that all exposures to pesticides in food were safe for infants and children. In the 20 years since its passage, the EPA has banned or reduced the use of many of the most harmful pesticides, and federal testing confirms that amounts of pesticide residue in baby food have dramatically decreased.
A new study bolstered evidence that gymnasts are highly exposed to fire retardant chemicals in landing mats and foam cubes in landing pits used to practice tumbling and vaults.
The nation’s new chemical safety law promises to give the Environmental Protection Agency expanded authority to regulate hazardous chemicals in consumer products. But of the tens of thousands of chemicals on the market, most never tested for safety, which should the EPA tackle first?
Environmental Working Group issued the following statement ahead of expected passage today by the House on H.R.3576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2016.Read More
The recent crisis in Flint, Mich., sounded the alarm on the dangers of lead contamination in drinking water. Now there’s potentially more bad news for the nation’s water supply.
So you’ve thrown out your vinyl shower curtain and only buy fragrance-free cosmetics to avoid phthalates? Bad news – toxic plastic chemicals are still sneaking into the food you eat.
The vast catalogue of chemicals that have never been evaluated for safety makes it urgent for the EPA move quickly to tackle the backlogRead More
A federal jury ordered DuPont to pay more than $5 million to an Ohio man who alleged he contracted testicular cancer from drinking water contaminated with a toxic chemical formerly used to make Teflon. Jurors found that DuPont acted with malice in dumping an industrial chemical into the Ohio River, clearing the path for DuPont to be assessed additional punitive damages.
For 10 years, EWG has evaluated sunscreens based on how well they protect against skin cancer and whether they have ingredients that could harm your health. But there's another risk worth consideration: Recent studies show that some of the sunscreen chemicals people should avoid may also endanger coral reefs.
Today, a distinguished group of 50 scientists, health professionals and advocates called for urgent action to protect children from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals.