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California Legislature passes bill to eliminate lead from school drinking water, protecting youth

Today the California Legislature passed a bill to require lead tests at all school drinking water fountains and faucets. The bill also sets a goal of reducing lead levels in school drinking water to...

California moves closer to banning toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in cleaners

Today California lawmakers advanced a bill to ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from household and Institutional cleaners sold in the state. The bill cleared the Legislature and now...

Cleaning products emit hundreds of hazardous chemicals, new study finds

A peer-reviewed study by Environmental Working Group scientists has found unsettling details about the potential health risks of common household cleaning products.

Landmark bill banning harmful food chemicals in California heads to governor

On September 12, the California Legislature passed a groundbreaking bill, the California Food Safety Act, to ban four harmful chemicals from candy, cereals, salad dressings and other processed food.

California Legislature sends ban of ‘forever chemicals’ in artificial turf to Gov. Newsom

Today, the California Legislature passed a bill to ban the manufacturing and sale in the state of artificial turf containing the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

California Legislature approves ban on fiberglass in mattresses and upholstered furniture

Today, the California Legislature handily passed a state-wide ban on the sale of mattresses and upholstered furniture containing fiberglass and other toxic flame retardant chemicals.

California Legislature sends bill to Gov. Newsom that would ban cosmetics with chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm

On Wednesday, California’s legislature passed a bill banning the sale of cosmetic products that contain 26 toxic chemicals known to affect human health. The bill advances to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is...

EWG: Farmers received record $19.13B in crop insurance indemnities in 2022

As the climate crisis accelerates, wreaking havoc on weather patterns across the U.S., crop insurance costs are shooting up, a new Environmental Working Group analysis finds.

House GOP budget cuts endanger progress on federal plan to tackle ‘forever chemicals’

Proposed budget cuts championed by House Republicans jeopardize federal plans to tackle the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

EWG updates PFAS map: Toxic 'forever chemicals' contaminate 3,186 locations in U.S.

WASHINGTON – Today the Environmental Working Group updated its interactive PFAS map of sites contaminated with the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS to show 3,186 locations in 50 states, the District...

EPA: PFAS drinking water crisis worse than previously reported

Today the Environmental Protection Agency revealed that 26 million people in more than 430 communities have the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in their drinking water.

Updated map: Toxic 'forever chemicals' confirmed to contaminate 455 military sites

More than 700 military installations are likely contaminated with the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to an updated comprehensive review of Defense Department records by the Environmental...

California Senate Appropriations Committee advances groundbreaking bill to ban chemicals in processed food

On August 14, 2023 the California Senate Appropriations Committee released to the Senate floor a landmark bill to ban five harmful chemicals from candy, cereals and other processed food.

Rooftop solar benefits for apartment buildings, schools in crosshairs of California energy regulators

California energy regulators are proposing a rooftop solar energy billing plan that, if adopted, could make it impossible for people in apartments, schools and small farms to enjoy the environmental...

Advocates urge House Farm Bill leaders to protect and strengthen anti-hunger and climate spending programs, include worker protections

A diverse collection of anti-hunger, environmental, nutrition, public health and worker advocates on Wednesday urged House farm bill leaders to protect and strengthen anti-hunger and climate spending...

California's proposed chromium-6 drinking water limit fails to protect public health

Today California’s State Water Resources Board convened a hearing on its proposed drinking water limit for hexavalent chromium, commonly known as chromium-6, the notorious “Erin Brockovich” carcinogen...

EWG applauds Carper-Braun bill to prioritize climate-smart farming

The following is a statement from Scott Faber, Environmental Working Group senior vice president for government affairs, on the CROP for Farming Act introduced today by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and...

Men’s use of personal care products has doubled since 2004, according to new consumer survey

The average adult man in the U.S. uses 11 different personal care products each day – nearly twice as many as 20 years ago – according to a survey by Morning Consult. And some of these products use...

California ratepayers could pay $45B or more to prolong Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s life, EWG finds

California ratepayers might have to foot a staggering $45 billion-plus cost to keep the aging Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant online beyond its slated 2025 closure...

Detections of 'forever chemicals' in water coast to coast strengthen call for stringent EPA regulations

New laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group have found the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, including major metropolitan...
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