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In settlement with installers, Duke Energy concedes ground in plot to hobble state’s rooftop solar program

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Energy and three rooftop solar installers have reached a settlement in a fight over the monopoly utility’s proposal to hobble North Carolina’s net metering program, with opponents...

EWG statement on FDA response to phthalates food petition

The Food and Drug Administration is denying a 2016 petition from environmental and consumer advocacy groups asking it to revoke approval of harmful phthalate chemicals in food packaging and food...

Gov. Newsom says rooftop solar ‘essential’ for California’s future

During a Friday press conference announcing a revised budget proposal that includes billions in new investments for California’s electricity grid, Gov. Gavin Newsom called rooftop solar “essential” to...

DOE throws PG&E lifeline to keep aging Diablo Canyon nuclear plant operating

The U.S. Department of Energy is extending the deadline for Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, to submit required documents for getting part of a $6 billion federal fund, in order to keep the aging...

EWG finds over half of people surveyed think tap water is unsafe

More than 50 percent of thousands of Americans surveyed by EWG say their tap water is unsafe and 40 percent won’t or can’t drink it. But even with widespread concern over tap water quality, nearly...

Gov. Newsom’s clean air regulators prioritize rooftop solar expansion in California climate action plan

California’s top clean air regulators this week released a proposed plan to fight the climate crisis by cutting carbon dioxide emissions, with policy priorities including an effort to expand rooftop...

Nonprofit news outlet launches to spotlight underreported environmental and public health stories

The New Lede, a nonprofit environmental news site created as a journalism initiative of the Environmental Working Group, officially launches today with the goal of spotlighting underreported stories...

EWG analysis: In the Mississippi River region, the climate crisis helped run up a $39.5B taxpayer bill for crop insurance premiums

Crop insurance premium subsidies in the Mississippi River region cost taxpayers almost $39.5 billion between 2001 and 2020, a new EWG analysis of Department of Agriculture data finds.

Biden administration must rein in electricity-intensive cryptocurrency mining to meet climate goals

Environmental organizations led by Greenpeace, Environmental Working Group and Earthjustice filed comments Monday with the White House, urging the Biden administration to act to reduce the greenhouse...

EWG applauds updated bill limiting ‘forever chemicals’ discharges into water

The Environmental Working Group today applauds Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) for leading fresh legislative efforts to limit discharges of the toxic “forever chemicals...

About 75 percent of sunscreens have inferior sun protection or worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 16th annual Guide to Sunscreens, finding that about 75 percent of more than 1,850 products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection from the sun, or...

EWG, others urge New York Senate to pass two-year pause on fossil-fuel intensive bitcoin mining

The New York State Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that would impose a two-year pause on new “proof of work” cryptocurrency mining operations in the state that rely on electricity from fossil...

Gov. DeSantis’ stunning veto of anti-solar measure puts focus on governors in California and North Carolina

Clean energy advocates in Florida and across the country were thunderstruck to learn of the Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' veto of a controversial bill written by Sunshine State electric utility...

EPA to suspend all uses of widely used weedkiller over risks to fetus, thyroid function

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to suspend all future uses of a toxic weedkiller that scientific research has shown to cause harm to the developing fetus and problems associated with...

EPA takes important steps to curb ‘forever chemicals’ in water, but more needed

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced several new actions to address discharges of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS into lakes, rivers, streams and other sources of drinking water...

Duke Energy reports just over 5 percent electricity from wind and solar in 2021, despite clean energy claims

Duke Energy claims its growth of renewable energy sources “soared” in 2021, but the company generated just 5.4 percent of its electricity from wind and solar last year, according to a report the...

EWG speech at AEI on climate and agriculture

EWG Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber delivered the following remarks before the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.

PG&E CEO earned more than $50 million in 2021

While millions of California families struggled financially in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pacific Gas & Electric’s CEO made over $50 million for leading the reviled utility with a history...

NEW: EWG’s 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Today the Environmental Working Group announced that strawberries, spinach and leafy greens are again the top offenders on its 2022 Dirty Dozen™ – a list of the most pesticide-contaminated fresh...

Gallup: Contaminated drinking water tops list of public's environmental concerns

Polluted drinking water is the leading cause of U.S. adults’ concerns about the environment, according to a new nationwide survey by Gallup of more than 1,000 people from every state and the District...
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