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The latest from EWG’s staff of experts

Thursday, August 5, 2004

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) will permit EWG access to detailed, well-by-well, lease-by-lease information regarding oil and gas wells on Federal lands in western states. In a remarkable letter to EWG dated July 27, 2004, the Department reversed its previous denial of EWG's request for the information, which EWG will use to inform taxpayers what they get in return for DOI oil and gas lease programs.

Friday, July 30, 2004


Pregnant Women, Potential Mothers and Kids are of Most Concern. The Wall Street Journal reported in July about the increasing popularity of tests designed to tell how much mercury has accumulated in the body.
Friday, July 30, 2004

The American Medical Association (AMA), the national professional organization for all physicians in the United States, has adopted a resolution that includes the following recommendation: "Given the limitations of national consumer fish consumption advisories, the Food and Drug Administration should consider the advisability of requiring that fish consumption advisories and results related to mercury testing be posted where fish, including canned tuna, are sold."

Friday, July 2, 2004

The Baltimore Sun recently reported the toxic gasoline additive MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) has been found leaking into drinking water in nearby county wells, adding Harford County's Fallston area to the growing list of communities whose water supplies have been polluted by MTBE. More than 20 families are suing Exxon Mobil Corp. over the foul-smelling toxin which leaked into wells serving 84 homes, allegedly from an underground storage tank at a nearby Exxon station.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2004

There's increasing concern about the risks of chemicals in personal care products. The Independent reports that the growing use of cosmetics and toiletries, which contain many known toxic or untested chemicals, may be harming children who will develop cancer and fertility problems as adults.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) says tests on salmon and trout raised in federal hatcheries in the Northeast found enough PCBs and other toxic chemicals that consumers should severely limit consumption – no more than one meal of the fish every two months.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

As the Detroit News reports, Ford Motor Co. has again withheld evidence of safety problems with its SUVs and other vehicles. For Ford, it’s hardly an isolated incident.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

A new study by the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) found that a large percentage of people who had their blood and urine tested carried pesticides above levels considered safe by government health and environmental agencies.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Grist magazine reports that the Bush Administration, at the behest of agribusiness lobbyists, has quietly taken several actions to weaken national standards for organic food. The Department of Agriculture made the changes without allowing public comment or feedback from the National Organic Standards Board, an advisory panel that is supposed to review changes to the standards.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

The Oregonian reports consumers are increasingly choosing healthy wild salmon instead of PCB-laden farmed salmon. Studies over the past year by EWG and others have shown that farmed salmon has far higher levels of toxic PCBs than wild salmon. Higher prices for wild salmon are good news for Alaska and other West Coast fishermen who have struggled in recent decades.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The AFL-CIO expressed its dissatisfaction with the end of negotiations seeking an agreement between asbestos companies, insurers and those sick or dying from the harmful material.

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Monday, May 10, 2004

The Republican Senate leadership's asbestos bailout bill appears dead for now, after negotiations stalled May 7. The bill would have denied thousands of Americans their day in court, reduced damage awards to victims of asbestos diseases, and run out of money well before the epidemic of asbestos deaths peak.

Friday, May 7, 2004

A new study presented at a meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicologists and Chemists links the Teflon chemical C8 [also known as PFOA] to elevated cancer rates. Researchers found higher levels of prostate cancer in men and cervical and uterine cancer in women exposed to C8 than in the general population.

Thursday, May 6, 2004

As U.S. Senate leaders negotiate a trust fund for Americans sick or dying from asbestos, new facts are transforming the debate. Despite what many Americans believe, asbestos is still being used, and continues to cause new public health problems.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

EWG has investigated scores of harmful industrial chemicals, the companies that produce them and the government policies that permit Americans to be exposed to them in their food, water and the air. Our research has repeatedly borne out the need to shift the burden of proof and require manufacturers to substantiate chemicals' safety before use in consumer products.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

A chemical associated with dozens of popular consumer products has proven to be surprisingly toxic and pervasive. In response, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting the most extensive scientific review in the Agency's history to find out how this chemical has contaminated the blood of over 90% of Americans.

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Friday, June 6, 2003

A routine-seeming government meeting this Friday marks the public debut of what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says is one of the most sweeping regulatory inquiries it has ever mounted on an industrial chemical. The chemical happens to be the key manufacturing aid for what is unquestionably DuPont’s marquee product brand, Teflon.

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