Articles by David Andrews, Ph.D., Carla Burns, Emily Spilman

The good glow: Stay safe with protective sunscreens this summer

Sunscreen helps reduce the risk of sunburns and long-term skin damage, but only one in four products offers adequate protection and does not contain worrisome ingredients, according to an EWG analysis...

EWG Testimony Maine Legislative Document No. 164

The Environmental Working Group submitted testimony to the Maine Committee on Health and Human Services on Legislative Document No. 164, An Act To Establish Maximum Contaminant Levels under the State...

‘Forever Chemicals’ Must Be Regulated as a Class

To protect the health of people, communities and the environment, the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS should not be regulated one by one but as a class, more than a dozen...

EWG Letter EPA on Solvay's Failure to Submit Key Health and Safety Studies

The Environmental Working Group submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting TSCA 8(e) enforcement for Solvay’s failure to submit key health and safety studies within a timely...

Schools Reopening: Let’s Make This a Catalyst for Change

Every day it seems there's a new email from school with a change of plans, or news reports about studies of COVID-19, children and schools that are far removed from the reality in the U.S. It's even...

FDA Studies: ‘Short-chain’ PFAS Chemicals More Toxic Than Previously Thought

New studies by the Food and Drug Administration indicate that a common fluorinated chemical in food packaging and stain-resistant carpets and textiles is much more toxic than earlier studies by the...

EWG Petitions CDC To Conduct Biomonitoring Studies for Common Sunscreen Chemicals

EWG has submitted a petition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting that biomonitoring of the American public include tests for common sunscreen ingredients. Research conducted...

FDA Tests Confirm Suspicions about PFAS Chemicals in Food

A recent investigation by the Food and Drug Administration found per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in food, including meat, seafood and dairy products; sweet potatoes; pineapples; leafy...

EWG Comments to EPA on Draft Toxicological Assessments of GenX

Attached are EWG’s comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on its draft toxicological assessments of GenX, the PFOA replacement chemicals, and PFBS. EWG commends the agency and the IRIS...

EWG Comments on Peer Review of NTP's Draft Technical Reports on Cellphone Radiation

EWG submits comments on the peer review of the National Toxicology Program's draft technical reports on cellphone radio-frequency radiation. The external peer reviewers strengthened the conclusions of...

EWG’s Letter to N.J. for Stronger PFC Restrictions for Water

EWG submits comments to New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection in support of the state’s proposal to lower the Maximum Contaminant Level for PFOS in drinking water. EWG also urges the...

Study: Phaseout of Teflon Chemical Has Likely Averted Thousands of Low-Weight Births and Saved Billions in Health Care Costs

The phaseout of a hazardous chemical formerly used to make Teflon has likely prevented thousands of low-weight births in the U.S. each year, saving billions of dollars in health care costs, says a new...

EWG Standards Cut Through Compromises on Drinking Water Quality

When it comes to your drinking water, getting a passing grade from the federal government may not be good enough.

Chemical Companies’ ‘Voluntary’ Clean Ups Are Little More Than Corporate Spin

Last week Chemours – a DuPont spinoff company that inherited liability for some of its parent's nastiest toxic messes – announced "voluntary actions" to clean up and eliminate pollution from a highly...

Triclosan: Not Safe, Not Effective

The time has come to wash our hands of triclosan and other unnecessary antimicrobial chemicals for good.

If You Are What You Eat, Are We Making Children Nonstick?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on any given day one in three American children – no matter their age, race or family income – eat fast food. Hamburgers, french fries...

Nonstick Chemicals: A Hydra-Headed Family of Toxic Compounds

Banning or restricting toxic chemicals one at a time is like fighting the mythical hydra: For each head cut off, multiple replacements appear that may be just as hazardous. There's no better example...

Scientists in N.J., Germany Support 'No Safe Level' of Teflon Chemical in Drinking Water

PFOA, a carcinogenic chemical formerly used to make DuPont's Teflon, contaminates drinking water for at least 7 million Americans and is in virtually everyone's blood.

'Erin Brockovich' Chemical in Drinking Water of More than 200 Million Americans

Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film "Erin Brockovich," which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap...

How Sunscreen Makers Spoof the SPF System

I keep a bottle of Banana Boat Sport SPF 100 on my desk. But I am not convinced it deserves more than a SPF 15, or maybe 30, rating. A chemist specializing in sunscreen chemicals, I run a sunscreen...