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‘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...

New EWG research finds many North Carolina factory farms are at risk of flooding

A new Environmental Working Group geospatial analysis finds over 2 percent of North Carolina’s 7,352 swine and poultry factory farms are in or just outside floodplains. When these farms flood, they...

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.

EWG applauds Hochul for enacting first-in-U.S. freeze on cryptocurrency mining

The Environmental Working Group today applauds New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, for signing into law a bill that places a two-year pause on cryptocurrency mining in the state. It’s the first...

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...

California’s latest rooftop solar proposal favors monopoly utilities over the competition – their customers

California regulators today proposed changing the state’s popular rooftop solar program largely to benefit monopoly utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric, making it more expensive for working- and...

California’s middle-income residents outpace wealthy in rooftop solar installations in 2021

Middle-income and working-class Californians represented by far the largest block of the million-plus households in the state that installed rooftop solar in 2021, according to a new Lawrence Berkeley...

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.

PG&E asks federal regulators to extend life of aging, dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

Pacific Gas & Electric is formally asking the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend the life of California’s only remaining nuclear power plant – the dangerous, aging and costly Diablo...

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...

Biden should urge ‘windfall profit tax’ on big oil companies fleecing Americans at the gas pump

President Joe Biden in remarks today attacked oil industry giants for reaping record profits but not lowering prices that are battering U.S. consumers’ pocketbooks – and he should go a step further...

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...

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...

North Carolina must reject Duke’s misguided carbon plan relying on non-existent nuclear

North Carolina regulators must reject Duke Energy’s ill-conceived carbon reduction plan, a coalition of advocacy groups argued this week. The plan will fail to achieve emissions cuts, because it...

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...

EWG applauds Maine lawmakers in Congress for helping farmers tackle ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group applauds Maine’s congressional delegation for introducing bipartisan bills that would support American farmers whose crops and livestock have been contaminated by the...

As ratepayers struggle to pay PG&E energy bills, CEO rakes in over 190 times the typical employee salary

Pacific Gas & Electric’s CEO Patricia Poppe received $51.2 million in compensation last year, more than 190 times what the utility’s average employee earns and a tone deaf windfall amid soaring energy...
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