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EWG News Roundup (2/28): EPA Opens Multiple Criminal Probes of PFAS Polluters, Trump’s Toll on Children’s Health and More
The Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing criminal inquiries into corporations that manufacture the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS., according to Bloomberg Environment. In an update to its 2020 PFAS Action Plan, the EPA included details about the new probes, stating it “has multiple criminal investigations underway concerning PFAS-related pollution.”
“For decades, these and other corporations have knowingly and maliciously contaminated our drinking water, food supplies and the blood of virtually every person in the U.S. with these toxic chemicals, and EPA knew it and did nothing,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “Holding polluters criminally accountable is hardly the calling card of the Trump administration. That is why the public must demand EPA pursue all legal actions against 3M, Chemours, DuPont and other corporate bad actors responsible for any crimes committed in the craven pursuit of profits over human health.”
Late last week, California lawmakers reintroduced the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, A.B. 2762. If passed, the bill would ban 12 toxic ingredients, such as mercury and formaldehyde, from the beauty and personal care products Californians use every day.
“More than 40 other nations protect their citizens from harmful cosmetics,” said Susan Little, EWG’s senior advocate for California government affairs. “But the U.S. has done little to ensure consumers are not exposed to unsafe ingredients in personal care products. A.B. 2762 would prevent cosmetics manufacturers from adding some of the most toxic chemicals to cosmetics sold in California.”
The Trump administration's rollback of a wide range of environmental and public health regulations puts children at risk, according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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Those findings were released by the Environmental Working Group, which had commissioned the testing as part of a larger investigation of children’s toys.
EPA Criminal Investigations of PFAS Polluters
PFAS contamination has been found in every state but Hawaii, according to data from the Environmental Working Group.
“The sad reality is that PFAS chemicals are all around us,” Melanie Benesh, a legislative attorney with the Environmental Working Group, said.
Trump Administration Farm Bailouts
According to the Environmental Working Group in Washington, Arkansas farmers received $298.4 million in tariff-relief payments between Jan. 1, 2019, and Oct. 31, 2019.
Dustin Moskovitz, a cofounder of Facebook, funds the animal liberation side. Fred Stanback, a business partner of Warren Buffett, funds the environmental side, including the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeepers.
Asbestos-related deaths have devastated thousands of Missouri families, with more than 4,700 residents dying between 1999 and 2017 from diseases triggered by asbestos exposure, according to a recent analysis of federal mortality data by the Environmental Working Group Action Fund.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), up to 420 carcinogens are found in the average person at any given time.
California PFAS Ban Bill
“The removal of PFAS from firefighting foam is long overdue. Our firefighters don’t need it, and our health certainly doesn’t. Since PFAS-free foams are already on the market, it makes sense to use them instead of their toxic counterparts,” said Susan Little, Environmental Working Group’s Senior Advocate for California Government Affairs.
The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) looked into the ingredients lists of more than 2,000 cleaning supplies commonly available on store shelves across the country and found that hundreds of them contain substances linked to serious health problems.
Each base is then paired with a unique combination of essential oils that have been safety-verified by the Environmental Working Group.
Originally, Pfeiffer had the grand idea of creating one scent that was verified by the Environmental Working Group (she claims she "selfishly" went without perfume for 10 years because she couldn't find one free of toxins and chemicals).
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit that has created their own label to further clarify the safety of cosmetics and cleansers to the consumer.
Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database
The standout ingredient in the serum is rice protein, which is a skin-conditioning agent, according to the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by Lady Click
EWG/Skin Deep: A free app that gives you access to a database that ranks ingredients in skincare and beauty products so you can avoid dangerous chemicals and toxins.
"'Clean beauty' is a much better term for the consumer as the products are non-toxic and still effective," cosmetic chemist Ginger King told Allure. last year. "'Non-toxic' means free from undesirable ingredients listed by the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by Design Outfits; Yahoo!
According to the Environmental Working Group, companies that manufacture personal care products are not required to disclose the ingredients in trade-secret formulas like fragrances.
Fortunately, the finished product resembles none of these things, and what you'll notice is the distinctive pink result that has a lengthy history in the makeup industry. Beyond that, the Environmental Working Group notes little risk in this alternative substance.
According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit focused on health and environmental safety, women use an average of 12 health and beauty products a day that contain more than 164 chemicals. Reprinted by other USA Today affiliates
Fragrance (not essential oil derived), SLS, PEG, Parabens and anything that involves a silicone! If you see three letters followed by a number- take a deeper look. We love using EWG’s Skin Deep resource, too!
Dark Waters Movie
Additionally, a report by the Environmental Working Group earlier in the year placed Brunswick County in the top spot in the nation for toxins found in tap water.
A recent study from the Environmental Working Group found that out of tap water samples from 44 places in 31 states across the US, only one location had no detectable polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS (which includes PFOA and PFOS).
EPA Regulation of PFAS in Drinking Water
The preliminary determination “shows that an avalanche of public pressure and overwhelming science is finally forcing EPA to act,” argued Environmental Working Group attorney Melanie Benesh in a Feb. 20 statement.
In a prepared statement following the EPA statement, Melanie Benesh, the legislative attorney for the Environmental Working Group, said, “States should not wait for the EPA to act. Reprinted by The Charlotte Observer (N.C.); The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.); News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)
But it’s a step in the right the direction, and it would not have happened but for a bipartisan sense of outrage,” said Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group’s senior vice president for government affairs, in a statement.
“It’s decades too late but it’s better late than never,” said Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group’s senior vice president for government affairs.
A recent EWG analysis tested drinking water across the country for 30 different PFAS chemicals and found that on average, each sample had six or seven different compounds present. Reprinted by EcoWatch
The EPA has proposed a so-called regulatory determination to set a national drinking water standard for PFOA and PFOS, emerging contaminants found in Hoosick Falls and Newburgh, respectively. Melanie Benesh is legislative attorney with the Washington D.C.-headquartered Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by WBFO NPR (Buffalo, N.Y.); WSHU (Fairfield, Conn.)
Melanie Benesh is legislative attorney with the Washington D.C.-headquartered Environmental Working Group. She says it could be years, however, before EPA sets final, enforceable standards, if at all.
Republican West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito issued a statement welcoming the announcement, as did the Environmental Working Group. The EWG, however, added it could take years for the new standards to be implemented.
According to the Environmental Working Group, an American research and activist organisation, each year the US government provides $13bn in subsidies for factory-farmed meat and intensive crop operations that produce just six harvests: corn, wheat, soybeans, cotton, rice, and peanuts: the majority of which is then fed to livestock. In the EU, €39bn was spent on subsidies in 2010, over 40 per cent of the EU budget.
This year, the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate in Cheerios, Nature Valley, and Fiber One products.
Research by the Environmental Working Group has determined that 0.011 mg is the upper safety limit for glyphosate exposure.
New PFAS Testing Report
According to the Environmental Working Group, as many as 110 million Americans may be drinking PFAS-contaminated water, and over 99 percent of US residents have some variant of PFAS in their blood.
She said that after an Environmental Working Group report on PFAS in drinking water came out last fall, volunteers collected more than 2,000 signatures asking for an alternative water source for students in both school systems.
Illinois may not have the worst contamination of PFAS “forever chemicals,” according to a new study by the Environmental Working Group, but the toxic compounds are present in water systems and groundwater in Peoria, Galesburg, Bloomington and the Quad Cities.
Sometimes called “forever chemicals,” PFAS have been a national source of concern because they build up in the human body and never break down in the environment, according to the Environmental Working Group.
There are at least 118 PFAS chemicals produced in volumes in excess of 25,000 pounds per year, according to a report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down naturally in the environment. Earlier this year, the Environmental Working Group issued a report claiming PFAS contamination in drinking water is far more prevalent than previously reported.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has long advocated for tough federal standards for PFAS and related chemicals, far lower than the EPA’s suggested guideline of 70 parts per trillion.
A study done last month by the Environmental Working Group found that PFAS contamination is found widespread in rainwater, and EWG scientists explained that PFAS are likely detectable in all major water supplies in the U.S.
Nitrate in Tap Water
The headlines made national news just last year: Nitrate pollution in U.S. drinking water may be the cause of 12,594 cases of cancer, according to a peer-reviewed, "first of its kind national analysis" by the non-profit Environmental Working Group and researchers from Northeastern University. Reprinted by MSN
EWG Guide to Seafood
If you eat seafood, take advantage of a resource like the Environmental Working Group’s seafood guide.
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 are two lists that perpetuate the skepticism over the organic versus conventional debate. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization that analyzes a combination of the USDA’s test data with their own tests to determine the types of fruits and vegetables containing the largest amount of pesticides.
The EWG has identified the “dirty dozen” foods that have the most pesticides when nonorganic: strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. Reprinted by Medical Health News
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), apples are the “dirtiest” or most pesticide-contaminated fruit in the grocery store, and one of 12 commonly-eaten fruits and veggies that consistently carry high traces of chemical pesticides, even after they’ve been peeled and pulped for your baby.
Conventionally raised watermelon ranks number 32 out of 48 veggies and fruits’ pesticide residues with the Environmental Working Group (EWG). So it’s not too bad, but not quite good enough to make it into their clean 15.
Avoid purchasing any conventional fruit + veg from the EWG Dirty Dozen list – this is the best place to start buying organic!
I prefer that my patients eat organic (especially if their fruits and veggies are on the EWG’s “dirty dozen” list), and recommend my patients eat grass-fed meats as the hormones in meat can wreak havoc on the body.
EWG Guide to Sunscreens
Theoretically, yes. But the real-world answer is that it’s a little more complicated. The Environmental Working Group points out that super-high SPFs don’t actually block out that many more skin-damaging rays. Reprinted by Pulse; 93.5 WTAX (Springfield, Ill.)
Tap Water Database
Using data from municipal water supplies all over the United States, Environmental Working Group found widespread tap water toxicity, including known and suspected cancer causers.