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EWG statement on proposed creation of a FDA deputy commissioner for human foods

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf today proposed the creation of a deputy commissioner for human foods.

EWG welcomes new FDA standards for toxic metals in baby foods

The following is a statement of Scott Faber, the Environmental Working Group’s senior vice president of government affairs, on the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement today of new standards...

EWG: ‘Urgency’ lacking from EPA plan to address ‘forever chemicals’ discharges

Today the Environmental Protection Agency released a plan for regulating wastewater pollution, including discharges of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. But the plan doesn’t reflect the urgent...

EWG study: Eating one freshwater fish equals a month of drinking ‘forever chemicals’ water

A new study by Environmental Working Group scientists finds that consumption of just a single serving of freshwater fish per year could be equal to a month of drinking water laced with the “forever...

Updated DOD standards: Critical first step toward firefighting foam made without ‘forever chemicals’

Today the Department of Defense quietly released new requirements for the firefighting foam it uses to put out jet fuel fires. It marks a crucial step toward ending the use of foams containing the...

EWG welcomes cosmetics law reforms in end-of-year spending bill

Congress today passed the first update since 1938 to the federal law regulating personal care products, with key cosmetics reform provisions included in must-pass end-of-year spending legislation...

Groups push agencies to buy only products free from ‘forever chemicals’

A year after President Joe Biden ordered federal agencies to steer their purchasing contracts away from products that contain the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, a coalition of advocacy groups is...

More than 600,000 service members given ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

More than 600,000 service members at 116 military installations were annually served water with potentially unsafe levels of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to an Environmental...

EWG applauds Congress for tackling ‘forever chemicals’ in National Defense Authorization Act

he Environmental Working Group applauds Congress for including several provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, for fiscal year 2023 to tackle the toxic “forever chemicals” known...

‘Forever chemicals’ polluters could soon face new limits

Thousands of polluters dumping the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS into our waterways could soon face new limits on their releases.

EPA proposal will expand polluter reporting of ‘forever chemical’ discharges

Today the Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule removing a loophole that has allowed companies to shirk their obligation to report the toxic forever chemicals known as PFAS under...

House passes bill to protect firefighters from ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group applauds the House for passing a bill to help protect firefighters from exposure to the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS widely used in their tools and equipment...

Thousands of sippy cups and bottles recalled due to lead poisoning hazard

On November 23, the baby product company Green Sprouts issued a voluntary recall of more than 10,000 stainless steel bottles and sippy cups because of lead poisoning concerns.

California sues manufacturers like 3M and DuPont over toxic ‘forever chemicals’

On November 10, California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit against chemical companies like 3M and DuPont for endangering public health and harming and destroying the state’s natural...

New tests find toxic “forever chemicals” in pet food bags and baby textiles

The toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS have been found in pet food packaging and textile products made for babies and toddlers, according to new Environmental Working Group test results.

Internal papers show Syngenta hid risks of widely used pesticide from public, regulators for decades

A trove of internal documents obtained and published by The New Lede show Swiss chemical giant Syngenta knew in the 1960s and 1970s that the widely used weedkiller paraquat could build up in human...

Industry once again shirking EPA reporting requirements on ‘forever chemicals’

Just 44 facilities reported discharges of the toxic “forever chemicals’ known as PFAS, despite the existence of almost 30,000 potential dischargers, according to new reporting from the Environmental...

Unilever spray shampoo tainted with cancer-causing benzene

Unilever is the latest company to issue a voluntary recall of aerosol personal care products because of elevated levels of benzene. Benzene contamination has led to similar product recalls by other...

It’s time to designate ‘forever chemicals’ as hazardous substances ‘expeditiously,’ 150 groups say

A letter sent today to the Environmental Protection Agency by 150 environmental, health and justice organizations, including the Environmental Working Group, is pressing for final designation of two...

EPA draft review finds ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical likely carcinogenic in drinking water

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency published a draft toxicology assessment of hexavalent chromium – the cancer-causing chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich” – finding it...
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