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Edgewell recalls Banana Boat spray sunscreens after detecting cancer-causing benzene

On Sunday, the Edgewell Personal Care Company issued a voluntary recall of three batches of Banana Boat sunscreen products after finding benzene, a known carcinogen, in one of its popular sprays.

EPA ‘hazardous substances’ designation delay threatens progress on ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Protection Agency is behind schedule on releasing a proposal for designating as hazardous substances two of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. The delay threatens federal...

New National Academies report gives guidance to clinicians on reducing patient exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Today, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published a report recommending people with a history of elevated exposure to the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS should be...

Trump EPA ignored own guidelines by dismissing cancer risks for widely used pesticide, Inspector General finds

During the Trump administration, Environmental Protection Agency officials downgraded the agency’s long-held position that a widely used pesticide could give people cancer, the EPA’s internal watchdog...

EWG applauds House passage of new ‘forever chemical’ actions and cleanup mandates

On Thursday night, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, a must-pass defense spending bill that contains several amendments tackling the...

EWG applauds bill to create new food safety agency

Today Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced the Food Safety Administration Act of 2022, which would create a new independent federal agency focused on food safety...

CDC finds toxic weedkiller in 87 percent of children tested

About 87 percent of 650 children tested had detectable levels of the ubiquitous and toxic herbicide glyphosate in their urine, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and...

FDA: Canned clams contaminated with extremely high levels of common ‘forever chemical’

Extremely highly levels of a common “forever chemical” linked to cancer have been detected in canned clams.

Supreme Court hobbles EPA’s ability to regulate power plant emissions, sets precedent to cripple agency’s future

A ruling today by the U.S. Supreme Court will hamstring the federal government’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that is necessary to tackle the existential threat of the...

High ‘forever chemicals’ levels found in drinking water of more communities near DOD sites

Dangerously high levels of the toxic “forever chemicals“ known as PFAS have been detected in the drinking water of more communities near Department of Defense installations.

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

Today, the Environmental Working Group applauds the House Armed Services Commmittee for including several provisions to tackle the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in the National Defense...

House subcommittee boosts EPA’s budget to tackle toxic 'forever chemicals'

On Tuesday, the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee approved $126 million to address the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, in the Environmental Protection...

EPA: Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ levels in drinking water should be much lower

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the Environmental Protection Agency for proposing new lifetime health advisories, or LHAs, that suggest levels of four “forever chemicals” known as PFAS...

Key Senate committee adopts Hassan amendment to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food packaging

A key Senate committee yesterday approved by a 13 to 9 vote an amendment to ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from food packaging.

More than 2,000 communities have drinking water with ‘forever chemicals’ above new EPA levels

People living in more than 2,000 communities are drinking water with levels of the toxic forever chemicals known as PFAS that are above new health advisories released today by the Environmental...

EWG report card tracks federal agencies’ looming deadlines for ‘forever chemicals’ actions

The Environmental Working Group today released a comprehensive report card tracking whether federal agencies are meeting deadlines for addressing the health and environmental threats of the toxic...

Assembly approves measure to protect Californians from toxic lead water pipes

The California Assembly today passed legislation to protect residents by banning the partial replacement of lead or galvanized service lines corroded with lead, a hazardous activity the state...

California Assembly approves bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today, a bill to ban intentionally added toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from cosmetics sold in California passed the state Assembly.

California Assembly and Senate approve bills to improve prevention of lead poisoning

The California Assembly and Senate today approved two bills that would take important steps toward the prevention of lead poisoning.

EWG statement on FDA response to phthalates food petition

The Food and Drug Administration is denying a 2016 petition from environmental and consumer advocacy groups asking it to revoke approval of harmful phthalate chemicals in food packaging and food...
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