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Duke Energy, other utilities race to secure weaker Trump coal ash wastewater permit limits

Duke Energy and other electric utilities are rushing to take advantage of a Trump Environmental Protection Agency rule that relaxed restrictions for coal-fired power plants’ disposal of toxic coal ash...

Study: Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ widespread across many cosmetics categories

Millions of Americans could be unknowingly exposed to the toxic “forever chemicals” called PFAS from cosmetics and other personal care products they apply to their bodies every day, according to a new...

EWG applauds bill to ban PFAS from cosmetics

The Environmental Working Group is today applauding Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for introducing legislation to ban the use of toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in cosmetics.

Salon workers join environmental health groups to petition FDA to ban formaldehyde in hair straighteners and treatments

Salon workers from around the U.S. today joined the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth to petition the Food and Drug Administration to ban dangerous hair straighteners that...

EPA chemical office takes three actions on ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention today announced three actions to protect the public from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

FDA announces voluntary recall of infant rice cereal after tests find high arsenic levels

The Food and Drug Administration is announcing a voluntary recall of Beech-Nut Stage 1 Single Grain Rice Cereal after the State of Alaska discovered samples that contained inorganic arsenic levels...

In parts of the U.S., it’s raining PFAS

Preliminary data from a joint Environmental Protection Agency and Canada monitoring network show rainwater in the Great Lakes region contains alarming levels of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as...

Federal appeals court rejects Trump administration’s last-minute approval of toxic pesticide banned in more than 100 countries

The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia this week rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

EWG applauds bills to set deadlines, provide resources for cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’ at military facilities

EWG today applauded Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) for introducing legislation to set cleanup deadlines and provide resources for Defense Department facilities...

Duke Energy-backed group deploys attack ad campaign against electricity competition proposal in North Carolina

A shadowy political committee funded entirely by Duke Energy has launched a deceptive campaign to pressure North Carolina lawmakers to oppose legislation that could pave the way for lower monthly...

DeLauro bill directs FDA to narrow food chemical loopholes

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation today to direct the Food and Drug Administration to narrow loopholes that have allowed chemical companies to decide whether food chemicals are safe...

Maryland consumer protection bill becomes law

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) applaud enactment of Maryland House Bill 643 (HB 643), which prohibits the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and...

Toxic food chemicals highlighted in FDA budget request

The Biden administration’s budget request for the Food and Drug Administration makes toxic chemicals in food a priority.

EWG applauds bill to limit PFAS discharges into water

The Environmental Working Group today applauded Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) for leading efforts to limit discharges into drinking water supplies of the toxic...

EWG: Biden budget proposal prioritizes environment, public health and clean energy

The proposed $6 trillion FY-2022 federal budget released today by President Biden would provide much-needed investments in safe drinking water, clean air and environmental justice, as well as...

Bayer may end sales of toxic weedkiller Roundup for residential use

After a federal judge rejected a proposed $2 billion settlement for all future claims that Roundup causes cancer, the maker of the widely used weedkiller said it will consider whether to end its sale...

California Assembly approves bill to sharply reduce lead leaching from water faucets and fixtures

Today a bill to sharply reduce lead leaching from water faucets and fixtures passed the California Assembly. If it becomes law, it will create the nation’s most legally stringent lead leaching limit...

Biden EPA reverses Trump ‘secret science’ rule

The Environmental Protection Agency today officially reversed the former Trump administration’s controversial “secret science” rule that prevented the agency from relying on the most up-to-date...

Organic sales soar in 2020 to over $61 billion

Sales of organic food and other organic products in the U.S. surged to nearly $62 billion in 2020 – up more than 12 percent from the year before, according to a new survey by the Organic Trade...

EWG applauds bill to end Defense Dept. use of ‘forever chemicals’ in household items

The Environmental Working Group today applauded Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for introducing legislation to end the Defense Department’s purchase, procurement and...
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