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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.

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.

In response to EWG complaint, USDA investigation confirms glyphosate contamination of organic chickpeas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, responding to a complaint by the Environmental Working Group, is confirming that a popular brand of organic chickpeas was contaminated with the cancer-causing...

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...

EWG applauds House panel’s approval of healthcare bill for veterans exposed to toxics

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for advancing legislation to significantly expand healthcare relating to veterans’ exposures to toxic substances...

PFAS Action Act clears Key House committee

Today, the House Energy and Commerce advanced the PFAS Action Act, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly reduce and remediate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

GAO: ‘Forever chemicals’ cleanup costs for Defense Department sites will increase ‘significantly’

A new Government Accountability Office report finds the expected cost of cleaning up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from Defense Department installations will “likely increase...

EWG applauds bill to ban 'forever chemicals' from cosmetics

The Environmental Working Group is today applauding Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) for introducing legislation to ban the use of toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in cosmetics.

Bipartisan Senate bill would help protect consumers from toxic chemicals in personal care products

A bipartisan bill introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to ensure that the chemicals used in cosmetics and...

PFAS Action Act clears House energy committee

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee advanced the PFAS Action Act, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency to quickly reduce and remediate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as...

EWG applauds bill to ban PFAS from cosmetics

The Environmental Working Group is today applauding Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for introducing legislation to ban the use of toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in cosmetics.

Salon workers join environmental health groups to petition FDA to ban formaldehyde in hair straighteners and treatments

Salon workers from around the U.S. today joined the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth to petition the Food and Drug Administration to ban dangerous hair straighteners that...

Study: Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ widespread across many cosmetics categories

Millions of Americans could be unknowingly exposed to the toxic “forever chemicals” called PFAS from cosmetics and other personal care products they apply to their bodies every day, according to a new...

EPA chemical office takes three actions on ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention today announced three actions to protect the public from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Federal appeals court rejects Trump administration’s last-minute approval of toxic pesticide banned in more than 100 countries

The federal Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia this week rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the highly toxic pesticide aldicarb on Florida oranges and grapefruits.

EWG applauds bills to set deadlines, provide resources for cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’ at military facilities

EWG today applauded Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) for introducing legislation to set cleanup deadlines and provide resources for Defense Department facilities...
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