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Budget bill includes $28 billion for historic climate-focused conservation efforts

The Environmental Working Group today applauds House and Senate leaders for including in the budget reconciliation bill $28 billion to tackle a growing backlog of farmers seeking U.S. Department of...

House passes amendment to address 'forever chemicals' in defense spending bill

House lawmakers today approved a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022 by a vote of 236 to 186 that includes critical reforms for addressing the “forever...

EPA plan to curb industrial ‘forever chemicals’ discharges must go faster

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft biannual plan, Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15, identifying actions the EPA plans to take to regulate wastewater pollution.

California State Legislature approves bill with nation’s strictest limit on lead leaching from faucets

On Tuesday, California’s State Legislature approved Assembly Bill 100, which would enact the strictest lead-leaching limit for drinking water faucets in the nation.

California lawmakers approve bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging and straws

Today, the California State Legislature approved Assembly Bill 1200, which would ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from paper, paperboard or plant-based food packaging, utensils and...

House Armed Services Committee advances critical PFAS actions, cleanup funds

The House Armed Services Committee is expected as early as this evening to advance the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022, with critical provisions for the Pentagon to address the...

EWG water atlas links water pollution to heavy fertilizer use in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

The Environmental Working Group today unveiled its innovative water atlas, which shows a close link between heavily fertilized cropland in four Upper Mississippi River Basin states – Illinois, Iowa...

FDA test results again downplay risks of ‘forever chemicals’ in food

The Food and Drug Administration’s release today of tests for the presence of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in food once again downplays the risks that the substances pose to consumers, with...

‘Forever chemicals’ contamination found at 59 more Defense Department sites

The soil, groundwater and surface water of an additional 59 military installations across the U.S. are contaminated with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to Defense Department...

House defense bill includes historic funding for PFAS cleanup at military sites

The House version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, or NDAA, includes $549 million in dedicated funding for the cleanup at Defense Department installations of the toxic...

EPA will ban all food uses of pesticide chlorpyrifos

Today the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will ban all uses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food, a move to protect public health that also highlights the risks of unsafe but widely used...

EWG: USDA food stamp benefit increase boosts healthy diet for millions

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the Department of Agriculture for increasing the standard food stamp benefit provided to more than 40 million Americans who depend on the program.

FDA fails to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food containers, despite known health risks

The Food and Drug Administration is again failing to protect consumers from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Despite evidence that PFAS from these containers can contaminate the food in...

Bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill includes $10 billion for cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’

EWG applauds the bipartisan group of Senate negotiators for a bipartisan infrastructure deal unveiled today that includes $10 billion to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Industry likely shirking EPA reporting requirements on ‘forever chemicals’

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released preliminary results from its industrial toxics release reporting program that shockingly finds just 38 facilities reported PFAS discharges despite...

California protects kids with lead testing for child care drinking water

California regulators today launched their most health-protective program to test drinking water for lead in licensed child care facilities, issuing new guidelines that also require significant...

California announces bold public health goals for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water

Today the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, or OEHHA, proposed bold new limits to regulate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in drinking water.

Bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill includes billions for cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’

EWG applauds the bipartisan group of Senate negotiators for their $550 billion infrastructure deal unveiled today that includes billions of dollars to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as...

Defense Department delayed PFAS cleanup, ignored health risks, Inspector General says

The Defense Department responded too slowly to the threats posed to military service members by the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS and is failing to track the health risks facing military...

EWG applauds food chemical safety review bill

Today, the Environmental Working Group applauded new legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to meaningfully review the safety of food chemicals.
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