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High levels of ‘forever chemicals’ detected in Dept. of Defense community drinking water

WASHINGTON – Dangerously high levels of the toxic forever chemicals known as PFAS have been detected in the drinking water of communities near Department of Defense installations. Data released last...

Assembly approves measure to protect Californians from toxic lead water pipes

The California Assembly today passed legislation to protect residents by banning the partial replacement of lead or galvanized service lines corroded with lead, a hazardous activity the state...

Court rejects California’s blanket approval of pesticide spraying

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a major victory for health and environmental groups, a California court has ruled that a sweeping state pesticide spraying program is unlawful. The court found the program...

California Assembly approves bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ from cosmetics

Today, a bill to ban intentionally added toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from cosmetics sold in California passed the state Assembly.

California Assembly and Senate approve bills to improve prevention of lead poisoning

The California Assembly and Senate today approved two bills that would take important steps toward the prevention of lead poisoning.

California makes misguided plea for feds to keep state’s last nuclear power plant alive

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration is making a misguided plea for the U.S. Department of Energy to change the requirements of a federal fund so the aging, dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear...

In settlement with installers, Duke Energy concedes ground in plot to hobble state’s rooftop solar program

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Energy and three rooftop solar installers have reached a settlement in a fight over the monopoly utility’s proposal to hobble North Carolina’s net metering program, with opponents...

EWG statement on FDA response to phthalates food petition

The Food and Drug Administration is denying a 2016 petition from environmental and consumer advocacy groups asking it to revoke approval of harmful phthalate chemicals in food packaging and food...

Gov. Newsom says rooftop solar ‘essential’ for California’s future

During a Friday press conference announcing a revised budget proposal that includes billions in new investments for California’s electricity grid, Gov. Gavin Newsom called rooftop solar “essential” to...

DOE throws PG&E lifeline to keep aging Diablo Canyon nuclear plant operating

The U.S. Department of Energy is extending the deadline for Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, to submit required documents for getting part of a $6 billion federal fund, in order to keep the aging...

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...

Gov. Newsom’s clean air regulators prioritize rooftop solar expansion in California climate action plan

California’s top clean air regulators this week released a proposed plan to fight the climate crisis by cutting carbon dioxide emissions, with policy priorities including an effort to expand rooftop...

Nonprofit news outlet launches to spotlight underreported environmental and public health stories

The New Lede, a nonprofit environmental news site created as a journalism initiative of the Environmental Working Group, officially launches today with the goal of spotlighting underreported stories...

EWG analysis: In the Mississippi River region, the climate crisis helped run up a $39.5B taxpayer bill for crop insurance premiums

Crop insurance premium subsidies in the Mississippi River region cost taxpayers almost $39.5 billion between 2001 and 2020, a new EWG analysis of Department of Agriculture data finds.

Biden administration must rein in electricity-intensive cryptocurrency mining to meet climate goals

Environmental organizations led by Greenpeace, Environmental Working Group and Earthjustice filed comments Monday with the White House, urging the Biden administration to act to reduce the greenhouse...

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...

EWG, others urge New York Senate to pass two-year pause on fossil-fuel intensive bitcoin mining

The New York State Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that would impose a two-year pause on new “proof of work” cryptocurrency mining operations in the state that rely on electricity from fossil...

Gov. DeSantis’ stunning veto of anti-solar measure puts focus on governors in California and North Carolina

Clean energy advocates in Florida and across the country were thunderstruck to learn of the Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' veto of a controversial bill written by Sunshine State electric utility...
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