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Duke Energy’s solar attack heads to court

DURHAM, N.C. – The North Carolina Utilities Commission blatantly ignored state law in March by approving Duke Energy’s plan to lower financial benefits for residential solar customers, which would...

Proposed cuts “devastating” to farmers, hungry people

The following is the statement of Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs, on the annual Department of Agriculture spending bill released today by Republican members of the...

California Assembly passes first-in-the-nation ban on chemicals in processed food

On May 15th, the California Assembly approved a landmark bill to ban five harmful chemicals from candy, cereals and other processed food.

California advances bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cleaners

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Household and industrial cleaning products sold in California may soon be free of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Today the California Assembly voted 60-0 in favor of...

The Pentagon’s contamination time bomb: Cleanup backlog outpaces funding

The Department of Defense is failing to confront an almost $4 billion increase in the cost of cleaning up contaminated sites, many polluted by the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. And its cleanup...

1 in 4 California child care centers found to have alarming levels of lead in drinking water, putting babies and children at risk

Results of lead tests released today by California reveal that nearly 1,700 licensed child care centers across the state have exceeded the amount of allowable lead in drinking water given daily to...

EWG applauds Biden EPA’s climate rule for power plants

In a major boost to the fight against the climate crisis, the Biden Environmental Protection Agency today proposed new rules to slash greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. electricity sector by 2040...

Taxpayer, farm, rural and environmental advocates urge Congress to reject farm subsidy increases

A diverse group of taxpayer, farm, and environmental groups today urged Congressional leaders to reject attempts to increase reference prices for covered commodity crops as Congress debates the farm...

EWG applauds federal court ruling mandating EPA regulate toxic perchlorate in drinking water

On Tuesday a federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency must use its authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act, or SDWA, to regulate the toxic chemical perchlorate in the U...

Public health groups urge FDA to cancel approval of titanium dioxide in food

A coalition of five public health advocacy organizations – the Environmental Working Group, Environmental Defense Fund, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Center for Food Safety and Center for...

EWG: USDA should ban ‘low carbon’ beef claims

Today the Environmental Working Group petitioned the Department of Agriculture to prohibit meat producers from claiming their beef is “low carbon.” The petition also seeks to require independent...

North Carolina Senate passes bill to waste billions on nuclear power plants over vital renewables

On Wednesday, North Carolina’s Senate approved a bill that would allow Duke Energy to spend potentially billions on more unneeded nuclear power plants, including hundreds of millions on technology...

EPA proposes allowing dangerous pesticide for use on foods marketed toward children

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday issued a proposed decision to allow a highly toxic agricultural chemical for use on crops like oats, wheat and barley grown in the U.S.

California Assembly Environmental Committee advances ban on fiberglass in mattresses and other upholstered furniture

Today, the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxics Materials Committee approved a bill to ban the sale of mattresses and upholstered furniture that contain fiberglass and other toxic flame...

California bill would ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cleaners

Today California lawmakers in the Environmental Safety and Toxics Materials Committee approved a new bill to ban toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from household and industrial cleaners sold in...

California makes strides to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in artificial turf

On April 18, the California Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxics Materials Committee approved a measure that would ban the manufacturing and sale of artificial turf containing the toxic “forever...

Top federal nuclear regulator pressed about earthquake risks to Diablo Canyon power plant

On Wednesday, the chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission pledged to review the seismic risks for California’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant as the NRC moves ahead with Pacific Gas &...

EWG applauds President Biden for blasting House Republican plot to slash food assistance for hungry Americans

Today President Joe Biden addressed a proposal by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to end food assistance for many hungry people as a condition for raising the federal government’s debt ceiling...

California Assembly toxics panel advances landmark ban on chemicals in processed food

On Tuesday the California Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials approved a first-in-the-nation bill to ban five harmful chemicals from candy, cereals and other processed...

The New Lede’s ‘Paraquat Papers’ scoop recognized by agriculture journalists

The New Lede and its managing editor, Carey Gillam, have scooped a top recognition from leading U.S. agriculture journalists for an exclusive investigative series showing a decadeslong plot by the...
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