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USGS detects ‘forever chemicals’ in 16 states’ water wells

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in public and private drinking water wells in 16 Eastern states.

California bill would ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 2771 to ban the sale in California of cosmetics and other personal care products containing the toxic “forever...

New test results of heavy metals in baby food require immediate action by FDA, Congress

New Consumer Reports test results released today have found dangerous levels of inorganic arsenic in three popular brands of infant rice cereals, prompting the Environmental Working Group to again...

EWG: At least 1,500 U.S. textile mills likely dischargers of ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group has identified more than 1,500 textile mills that may be releasing the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS that are responsible for contaminating drinking water...

CDC finds high levels of ‘forever chemical' PFHxS in blood

High levels of a “toxic forever” chemical used in firefighting foam have been found in the blood of residents of a West Virginia community near an Air National Guard base.

Defense bill tackling 'forever chemicals' with funding boost, policy reforms becomes law

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022, which includes $517 million to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS and critical policy reforms for tackling PFAS...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate more than half of wells tested in Delaware

More than half of the water wells that were tested in Delaware have detectable levels of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, and some have PFAS levels far exceeding federal health guidelines for...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in eggs, spotlighting need for action

Chicken eggs from homesteads and farms near Fairfield, Maine, are contaminated with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, new testing finds, spotlighting the need for swift regulatory action to...

Biden administration launches new federal purchasing policy to spur alternatives to “forever chemicals”

The Biden administration today issued an executive order on sustainable purchasing that directs federal agencies to seek alternatives to the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Sweeping Senate pesticide law overhaul protects kids, farmworkers and everyone

Legislation introduced today would ban or restrict scores of the most toxic pesticides, set health-based limits on pesticide use and registration, and create safety protections for farmworkers. If...

House passes Build Back Better bill to make historic climate-focused conservation investments

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for including $28 billion in the Build Back Better bill to tackle a growing backlog of requests from farmers seeking U...

House passes Build Back Better bill to protect firefighters from ‘forever chemicals’

The Build Back Better bill passed by the House of Representatives today includes $95 million for local fire departments to purchase firefighting foam and gear made without the toxic “forever chemicals...

Bill to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food packaging would eliminate major source of exposure

A bill introduced today in Congress would ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from food packaging, an avoidable source of exposure to the harmful substances.

EPA finds PFAS are more toxic than previously thought

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that safe levels of exposure to PFAS – the levels at which harms might not occur – should be thousands of times lower than limits it first proposed...

EWG applauds President Biden for nominating Dr. Robert Califf to be FDA commissioner

The Environmental Working Group today applauded President Joe Biden for nominating Dr. Robert Califf to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $10 billion for cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group applauds Congress for passing a $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill today that includes $10 billion to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

EPA still failing to act on widespread toxic chemical contamination of U.S. drinking water

Millions of Americans are unwittingly drinking water that includes an invisible toxic cocktail made up of contaminants linked to cancer, brain damage and other serious health harms, the 2021 update to...

EPA moves closer to proper disposal of ‘forever chemicals’ wastes

The Environmental Working Group today recognized the Environmental Protection Agency for taking the first step needed to properly dispose of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Court of appeal rejects California’s blanket approval of pesticide spraying

In a major victory for health and environmental groups, California’s Court of Appeal has ruled that a statewide pesticide-spraying program violates the law by failing to study and minimize the threats...

PFAS roadmap sets new direction for EPA

The Environmental Working Group today recognized EPA Administrator Michael Regan for making the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS a priority and urged the Defense Department, Food and Drug...
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