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EWG applauds “forever chemicals” research bill

The Environmental Working Group today applauded the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology for advancing legislation to conduct more research on the health effects of the toxic “forever...

EWG finds over half of people surveyed think tap water is unsafe

More than 50 percent of thousands of Americans surveyed by EWG say their tap water is unsafe and 40 percent won’t or can’t drink it. But even with widespread concern over tap water quality, nearly...

EWG applauds updated bill limiting ‘forever chemicals’ discharges into water

The Environmental Working Group today applauds Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) for leading fresh legislative efforts to limit discharges of the toxic “forever chemicals...

About 75 percent of sunscreens have inferior sun protection or worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 16th annual Guide to Sunscreens, finding that about 75 percent of more than 1,850 products evaluated rate poorly for skin protection from the sun, or...

EPA takes important steps to curb ‘forever chemicals’ in water, but more needed

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced several new actions to address discharges of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS into lakes, rivers, streams and other sources of drinking water...

EPA to suspend all uses of widely used weedkiller over risks to fetus, thyroid function

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to suspend all future uses of a toxic weedkiller that scientific research has shown to cause harm to the developing fetus and problems associated with...

NEW: EWG’s 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Today the Environmental Working Group announced that strawberries, spinach and leafy greens are again the top offenders on its 2022 Dirty Dozen™ – a list of the most pesticide-contaminated fresh...

Gallup: Contaminated drinking water tops list of public's environmental concerns

Polluted drinking water is the leading cause of U.S. adults’ concerns about the environment, according to a new nationwide survey by Gallup of more than 1,000 people from every state and the District...

EWG: EPA must do more to prioritize ‘forever chemicals’ spending

The Environmental Working Group today thanked President Joe Biden for making the toxic forever chemicals known as “PFAS” a priority in his fiscal year 2023 budget request for the Environmental...

EWG applauds Biden’s budget for prioritizing FDA food and cosmetics chemical safety

The Environmental Working Group today applauds President Joe Biden for making the safety of chemicals in food and cosmetics a priority for the Food and Drug Administration in the administration’s...

EPA must prioritize funds to meet PFAS ‘Roadmap’ deadlines

Environmental groups today sent a letter urging Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan to prioritize funds for meeting deadlines in its “Roadmap” for tackling the “forever...

New tests find ‘forever chemicals’ still in many fast food wrappers

The toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS have been detected on dozens of food wrappers from major fast-food chains, according to new test results released today by Consumer Reports.

California announces maximum contaminant level for ‘Brockovich’ carcinogen in drinking water

On Monday, the California Water Resources Control Board’s Drinking Water Program, or DWP, announced a maximum contaminant level of 10 parts per billion for hexavalent chromium in water.

Dangerous levels of mercury found in skin creams sold on Amazon, eBay and other online retailers

A new report from the Zero Mercury Working Group finds almost half of skin lightening creams tested contained dangerously high levels of mercury but continue to be sold by online retailers like Amazon...

New Amazon Aware line of beauty products are EWG VERIFIED®

This week, Amazon announced its new line of Amazon Aware consumer products, including a number of beauty products that have earned the Environmental Working Group's highly sought EWG VERIFIED® mark.

Biden EPA rescinds Trump-era rollback of California’s fuel efficiency standards

The Biden Environmental Protection Agency today restored California’s right to set tighter auto tailpipe standards, reversing the Trump administration’s long battle with the state over its efforts to...

‘Brockovich’ carcinogen found in tap water of more than 250 million Americans

A new interactive map details where hexavalent chromium, the notorious “Erin Brockovich” carcinogen, contaminates tap water serving 251 million Americans, exceeding levels scientists say are safe...

Lilial and fertility: EU bans toxic fragrance ingredient from personal care products

On March 1, the European Union’s ban of the fragrance ingredient butylphenyl methylpropional, or lilial, went into effect.

Biden EPA moves closer to final ban of brain-damaging pesticide

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced it is taking several final steps required to officially ban any further agricultural uses of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, rejecting all...

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

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