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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.

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...

‘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...

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...

Senate committee adopts amendment to address 'forever chemicals' in defense spending bill

The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2022 to address the testing and cleanup of toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as...

Landmark bipartisan PFAS Action Act passes House

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to protect all Americans from the harmful “ forever chemicals ” known as PFAS.

UPDATE: Detection of toxic PFAS chemicals increases to 2,790 communities

The toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS have now been detected in nearly 2,800 communities, including 2,411 drinking water systems and 328 military installations, according to an analysis by the...

Twelvefold increase in suspected industrial dischargers of ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group today released new analysis that dramatically increases an earlier estimate of the number of manufacturers and users of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that...

EWG applauds House for advancing bill to limit PFAS discharges into water

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the House for advancing bipartisan legislation to limit industrial discharges of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS into drinking water.

EWG applauds House bill to set deadlines for military facilities to clean up ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group today applauded Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) for introducing legislation to set cleanup deadlines for Defense Department facilities contaminated with the toxic...
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