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Study: Chemists develop promising new method for destroying ‘forever chemicals’

Today, chemists at Northwestern University revealed a new method for destroying the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. The new method is encouraging, since it does not require high temperatures...

Scorching heat and historic drought threaten California’s electric grid, showing need for more rooftop solar

Temperatures are soaring in much of central California – above 100 degrees in places – and the resulting higher demand on the electricity grid could cause blackouts.

For farmers, historic $20 billion climate spending could save more than the planet

Historic $20 billion spending, in the Inflation Reduction Act, or IRA, to reduce greenhouse gases from agriculture could not only save the planet, it might also help preserve the good will most...

Leading industry consumer health expert joins EWG to head Healthy Living Science team

Homer Swei, Ph.D., a leading private sector research and development expert who most recently led Johnson & Johnson’s product stewardship program, has joined EWG as Senior Vice President of the...

FDA tests find U.S. food supply awash in pesticide residues

More than 50 percent of thousands of domestic and imported foods tested by the Food and Drug Administration had detectable levels of at least one pesticide, according to results the agency released...

Congress sends historic $369 billion climate, clean energy legislation to President Biden’s desk

The House of Representatives has passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 that includes a landmark $369 billion to fight the climate crisis through incentives for developing clean energy like solar...

Study estimates environmental harms of meat consumption, 57,000 packaged foods

A new study by University of Oxford researchers offers a comprehensive look at the potential environmental damage associated with meat production and more than 57,000 multi-ingredient packaged foods...

National Academies urges EPA to evaluate ecological risks of sunscreen UV filters

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in a new report is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the aquatic ecological risks from ultraviolet, or UV, filters and...

Michigan officials investigate ‘Erin Brockovich’ chemical contamination of Huron River

A Michigan company known for releasing toxic chemicals into air and water is under criminal investigation after spilling “several thousand gallons” of liquid contaminated with the cancer-causing...

EWG applauds cryptocurrency energy use oversight provision in Senate digital assets bill

The Environmental Working Group today applauds Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Senate agriculture committee, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), the ranking member, and Sens. Cory Booker (D...

EWG applauds congressional letter urging EPA to designate PFAS hazardous substances

The Environmental Working Group applauds the 127 House of Representatives members who sent a letter today urging the Environmental Protection Agency to designate two PFAS “forever chemicals” as...

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...

Senate bill provides $369B for clean energy to fight climate crisis, with historic support for electric vehicles, clean power

Senate Democratic leadership has announced the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes a landmark $369 billion to promote clean energy efforts for fighting the climate crisis, with incentives...

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...

Senate bill to make historic climate-focused conservation investments

The Environmental Working Group today applauds Senate leaders for including more than $20 billion in the Inflation Reduction Act to tackle a growing backlog of requests from farmers seeking U.S...

EWG: 90 percent of 2,500 Western Lake Erie Basin animal feeding operations are flying under the radar

A new Environmental Working Group analysis for the first time identifies and maps more than 2,500 animal feeding operations in, and at the edge of, the Western Lake Erie Basin – revealing 90 percent...

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...

Congressional investigation finds U.S. crypto miners consume enough electricity to power Houston, cause bill spikes

The explosion of U.S. cryptocurrency mining operations and the electricity needed to power the computer-based financial transactions are hiking energy bills and greenhouse gases, according to a...

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...
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