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State-led momentum: FDA follows suit in getting PFAS out of food contact papers

Today, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS will no longer be sold for use to treat food contact papers and paper board. It’s the culmination of...

300+ solar workers and supporters rally in support of solar energy and urge Sacramento to keep California a solar state

SACRAMENTO – Solar workers traveled to the state Capital on Wednesday to rally in support of solar energy, calling on lawmakers to keep California a solar state.

New USDA ‘climate-smart’ list includes many conservation practices with likely no climate benefits

The Agriculture Department recently added farming practices that likely do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions to its “climate-smart” conservation list, misrepresenting the agricultural sector’s...

PG&E profits soar, fueled by struggling ratepayers’ sky-high bills

Reviled utility Pacific Gas & Electric reported a staggering surge in profits of almost 25 percent for 2023 to an outrageous $2.24 billion, at the expense of captive Californians who were forced to...

California lawmaker introduces bill to end non-essential uses of toxic ‘forever chemicals’

On Wednesday, California Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced Senate Bill 903, which would ban the sale and use of products containing the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, unless their use is...

EWG expands team with key new hires

The Environmental Working Group announces the addition of several outstanding individuals to its team, further enhancing the organization’s capacity to safeguard human health and the environment.

New peer-reviewed EWG study finds little-known toxic crop chemical in four out of five people tested

A new Environmental Working Group peer-reviewed study has found chlormequat, a little-known pesticide, in four out of five people tested. Because the chemical is linked to reproductive and...

USDA census: Smaller farms falling further behind

New data released today by the Department of Agriculture show that smaller farms are falling further behind their larger neighbors.

Duke Energy on defense in appeals court challenge to North Carolina regulators slashing solar incentives

Lawyers for monopoly power company Duke Energy were on defense on February 7 in a hearing before the North Carolina Court of Appeals over state regulators’ decision last year, at the utility’s behest...

EPA reveals more evidence of widespread ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

On February 1, the Environmental Protection Agency posted data confirming 70 million people have drinking water that has tested positive for the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. That number is...

EWG redefines mattress safety standards, launches EWG VERIFIED®: Mattresses with Naturepedic

The Environmental Working Group is reshaping the landscape of mattress manufacturing by introducing a collection of 26 mattresses and one changing table pad that meet stringent criteria for health...

Chemical industry throws temper tantrum over ‘polluter pays’ tax to cover cleanup of its toxic sites

Chemical industry lobbyists spent more than $131 million between 2022 and 2023 urging Congress to back its interests, including opposition to a newly reinstated and fair tax forcing companies to pay...

Lead use in popular Stanley tumblers sparks consumers’ concern

Stanley tumblers, the internet-famous cups, are trending on social media not for a new color release, but because they contain the toxic metal lead.

EWG applauds Biden’s plan to shine spotlight on climate pollution from bitcoin mining  

On Wednesday, the Biden administration announced measures to address cryptocurrency production’s excessive energy consumption, launching a data collection effort on electricity use from U.S. bitcoin...

Whistling past the graveyard: EPA ignores science linking paraquat to Parkinson’s disease

The Environmental Protection Agency is dismissing a growing body of research linking the toxic weed killer paraquat to Parkinson’s disease, according to an agency analysis released today . The agency...

Landmark study finds alarming cancer rates among Camp Lejeune service members, staff

On Tuesday, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released an extensive study that finds increased cancer risks for civilian and military personnel at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base...

Medical monitoring bill will provide justice for people harmed by ‘forever chemicals’

Today, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) introduced legislation to allow people exposed to the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS to sue manufacturers for the cost...

EWG applauds bill to repeal unjust ‘electric utility tax’ on overburdened California ratepayers

Today California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) introduced a bill to repeal legislative language that requires state utility regulators to enact an “electric tax” on ratepayers who are...

140-plus state and local officials urge Congress to protect pesticide safety laws

Over 140 mayors, lawmakers and other officials from more than 30 states are joining forces in urging Congress to reject legislation that would limit longstanding state and local pesticide safety rules...

75% of California rooftop solar companies at ‘high risk’ of bankruptcy

A vast majority of California’s rooftop solar companies could go bankrupt in the coming weeks and months as a result of misguided state policy changes that have imperiled the industry, according to a...
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