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Your Drinking Water: EPA’s New Framework for Contaminants

Your Drinking Water: EPA’s New Framework for Contaminants
This week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Drinking Water Advisory Council met for a three-day meeting (July 21-23) reviewing the new drinking water strategy proposed by EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson. EPA’s visionary plan includes four principles to provide greater protection of...

The Secret’s Out

The Secret’s Out
By Dave Andrews, Ph.D., EWG senior scientist, and Nils Bruzelius, executive editor It took almost a month. After weeks of complaints that BP and its supplier were stonewalling requests for a complete ingredients list for the dispersants being dumped on the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Environmental...

Let’s stop cutting sketchy imports a break

Let’s stop cutting sketchy imports a break
Over the past decade, dozens of imports from China and other countries have been recalled because they were laced with lead, cadmium and other clearly hazardous chemicals. Today, federal and state regulators are focusing on the subtler dangers of other chemicals in common consumer goods. As Congress...

EPA Takes Aim at Drinking Water Contamination

EPA Takes Aim at Drinking Water Contamination
After spending nearly a decade on the sidelines as public concern grew over contamination of U.S. drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency has rolled out plans to step up and streamline its efforts to make sure that tap water is safe. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson outlined the new approach...

EPA Turnaround: Collecting Data on Fracking Risks Just Might be a Good Idea

EPA Turnaround: Collecting Data on Fracking Risks Just Might be a Good Idea
Reversing a stand it took six years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will launch a $1.9 million research program to learn whether a technology that has spurred a boom in domestic natural gas production poses a threat to drinking water and public health. In 2004, in a study that was not...