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EWG News Roundup (5/31): EWG Seeks Details on Trump Cuts to Children’s Health Research, Calif. Lead Bill to Protect Workers Advances, Monsanto Caught Paying Front Group to Defend Weedkiller and More
On Wednesday, EWG filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking government documents that will shed light on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to cut funding for a network of research centers that focus on the risks to children of toxic chemicals and industrial pollution.
The EPA’s decision would end a 20-year collaboration between the agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to support the important research of scientists who work for the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers.
“Research conducted by the Children’s Centers has been absolutely essential for scientists and communities to develop innovative solutions for protecting children’s health from environmental contaminants,” said Olga Naidenko, Ph.D, senior science advisor for children’s environmental health at EWG. “This latest assault on children’s health is the opposite of what millions of Americans want, which is a safe environment for their kids.”
In California, lawmakers passed a measure to safeguard workers and their families from the toxic effects of lead exposure, following revelations that state officials failed to investigate hundreds of cases of lead-poisoned workers. Assembly Bill 35, which now goes to the State Senate, would ensure that the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is notified when workers are poisoned by high levels of lead and then initiates a workplace safety investigation.
“Until now, the Department of Public Health has not seen fit to come down hard on businesses that repeatedly stood by while their workers suffered from lead exposure, potentially tracking lead dust home to their families, including children and pregnant women, who are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead,” said Bill Allayaud, director of government affairs for EWG in California.
We also published emails that show that Monsanto paid the American Council on Science and Health, a shady chemical industry front group, to help push back against the mounting scientific evidence that the company’s signature Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. The emails show how Monsanto worked with ACSH to counter the fallout from the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s classification of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
On the heels of the 2019 Guide to Sunscreens release, EWG also published helpful tips for parents. Choosing a sunscreen for kids can be confusing, so this guide shows parents what to look for on the product label so they can make the the best choice for their kids.
Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.
2019 Guide to Sunscreens
Some ingredients aren’t good for marine life. “When they wash off the skin and into water, oxybenzone and octinoxate can cause irreversible harm to the ocean’s natural resources, particularly coral,” says chemist David Andrews, a senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by Yahoo!, att.net, and msn lifestyle.
In a report released Wednesday, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group analyzed the chemicals and effectiveness of more than 1,300 sunscreens and found that over 60% of them would not pass safety rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Last week, the Environmental Working Group released its annual guide to safe sunscreens.
Lightweight and silky, this clean formula is free of a laundry list of potentially questionable chemicals (so much so that the Environmental Working Group, an organization that keeps tabs on ingredient safety, gave it top honors).
The Environmental Working Group released its 2019 Guide to Sunscreens today—the 13th annual report of its kind—and it finds that two-thirds of sunscreen products on the market “offer inferior protection or contain worrisome ingredients.
Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group's 13th annual Sunscreen Guide is available to help sort the good sunscreens from those that won't help much or are actually harmful to our health.
Nneka Leiba, director of healthy living science at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), said the SPF value only gives an indication of how the product performs against UVB rays — the ultraviolet rays that produce sunburn.
EPA Perchlorate Standard
Olga Naidenko, senior science adviser for children’s environmental health at the Environmental Working Group, was not very happy either…
Environmental Working Group, a public health advocacy organization, echoed Olson's comments, noting that children and fetuses can be particularly vulnerable to the chemical.
Michelle Pfeiffer Lobby Day
“The science on perchlorate is very clear: It harms infants and the developing fetus,” said Olga Naidenko, senior science adviser for children’s environmental health at the Environmental Working Group.
Pfeiffer, who moonlights as a board member for the Environmental Working Group, was urging the passage of legislation sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to boost oversight of the cosmetics industry.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s Henry Rose Launch
In April, this all changed when the brand Henry Rose made its debut and launched as the first fine fragrance line to obtain the coveted EWG VERIFIED™ mark, established by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Children’s Health Funding Rollbacks
Exactly what led President Donald Trump's EPA to stop funding research centers tasked with probing environmental health threats to children? One advocacy organization, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), wants answers.
Congress – PFAS Bills
Walker, vice president of the Environmental Working Group, said PFAS presents “the biggest drinking water contamination crisis in the country right now and certainly for quite some time.”
A member of the Environmental Working Group Thursday commented on a measure introduced Wednesday by two U.S. senators, including West Virginia Republican Shelley Moore Capito.
Trump Administration – Farm Bailouts
Consider one such recipient. He’s Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, whose family farm, run mostly by his son Robin and grandson Patrick, collected $1.6 million in government subsidies in 1995-2017, according to a database compiled by the Environmental Working Group.
That same year, the not-for-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a list of more than 500 products containing ACA. Today, that number is about 200.
"Ten popular U.S. bottled water brands contain mixtures of 38 different pollutants, including bacteria and fertilizers, according to tests recently conducted by the Environmental Working Group," she says.
As reported by the Environmental Working Group, disinfectants that contain ammonium compounds have been linked to asthma and fertility issues; soaps with triclosan can cause allergies to flare up and may affect thyroid function, while cleaners made from ammonia or chlorine bleach are harmful to the environment and air you breathe.
We spoke to the Environmental Working Group’s senior research and database analyst Samara Geller and laundry care expert Suzanne Holmes, manager in the product evaluation laboratory at Cotton Incorporated, to understand what dryer sheets are and what they do.
“Finding asbestos over and over in products containing talc is a game changer because this is a 45-year-old experiment that failed,” said Scott Faber of Environmental Working Group’s (EWG). “We trusted industry to keep asbestos out of these products and they failed.”
Cosmetics – Skin Deep
I found this gem on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website. Do you know how hard it is to find a skin product that is safe from dangerous chemicals, gentle on sensitive skin, and that despite all this, still works effectively?
"You have to understand where they're sourced from, what does it do, what is the score on the environmental working group's website, what are consumers going to research when they’re looking up a product and ingredient information." Reprinted by Yahoo!
"Cancer is on the rise, infertility is on the rise, allergies in children are on the rise, and people can't figure out why," says Nneka Leiba, the director of healthy living science at Environmental Working Group, which has been monitoring chemicals in cosmetics for over a decade.
I collect what I understand to be my riskiest products throughout my home, according to a database and app maintained by the Environmental Working Group, a health advocacy group.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG): The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
Editor’s note: The Environmental Working Group website data quoted in this letter is the total subsidy received by a farm recipient from 1995 to 2017.
For example, a 2010 paper authored by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) studied the contents of 17 everyday perfumes and found an average presence of four suspected hormone disruptors, such as Galaloxlide and Tonalide, and an average of 10 chemicals that had been insufficiently assessed for their long term safety.
The average level of glyphosate found in cereal samples was more than twice the level set by scientists at the Environmental Working Group for lifetime cancer risk for children, according to Toxic Free NC.
Meat Eater’s Guide
Meat is the worst food product for producing greenhouse gases due to its production, packaging, transportation and consumption, data from the Environmental Working Group concluded.
“Hard to know where one ends and the other begins,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of the Environmental Working Group, about the relationship between the pesticide lobby and government.
A recent study from the Environmental Working Group and the Waterkeeper Alliance sheds light on the size and impacts of the poultry industry.
PFAS Chemicals in 610 Locations in 43 States: MAP
The Environmental Working Group, a Washington D.C. nonprofit advocacy group, this month released a report showing that Michigan has 192 PFAS sites, roughly a third of the 610 locations identified nationwide in 43 states.
A recent study by the Washington-based nonprofit Environmental Working Group, citing updated federal government data, identified 610 sites in 43 U.S. states or territories known to be contaminated with PFAS, including drinking water systems serving 19 million people.
For example, on May 6 researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University reported that 43 states have sites where water is contaminated with toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS.
2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
An analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that strawberries were the fresh produce item most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue.
Residues are in up to 70% of produce sold in the US, according to the latest annual analysis of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data by the health advocacy group Environmental Working Group.
Strawberries, spinach and kale have topped this year's least of produce that are most likely to be contaminated by pesticide residue, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
But the nutrition varies greatly between foods and while it's worth it to buy organic for foods on the Environmental Working Group's 'Dirty Dozen' list, there are plenty of foods where conventional is just as good as organic, Kostro Miller says.
Reprinted by MSN
Tap Water – PFAS
The problem with PFAS contamination is that the chemicals don't ever break down on their own, according to Dave Andrews, who studies the chemicals for the Environmental Working Group.
The biggest source of exposure to PFAS contamination is typically through drinking water sources, said Dave Andrews, a scientist who studies PFAS for the nonprofit Environmental Working Group.
And, according to recent data from the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group, the West isn’t doing a great job.