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Duke Energy-backed group deploys attack ad campaign against electricity competition proposal in North Carolina

A shadowy political committee funded entirely by Duke Energy has launched a deceptive campaign to pressure North Carolina lawmakers to oppose legislation that could pave the way for lower monthly...

DeLauro bill directs FDA to narrow food chemical loopholes

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation today to direct the Food and Drug Administration to narrow loopholes that have allowed chemical companies to decide whether food chemicals are safe...

Maryland consumer protection bill becomes law

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) applaud enactment of Maryland House Bill 643 (HB 643), which prohibits the sale and manufacture of cosmetics and...

Toxic food chemicals highlighted in FDA budget request

The Biden administration’s budget request for the Food and Drug Administration makes toxic chemicals in food a priority.

EWG applauds bill to limit PFAS discharges into water

The Environmental Working Group today applauded Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) for leading efforts to limit discharges into drinking water supplies of the toxic...

EWG: Biden budget proposal prioritizes environment, public health and clean energy

The proposed $6 trillion FY-2022 federal budget released today by President Biden would provide much-needed investments in safe drinking water, clean air and environmental justice, as well as...

Bayer may end sales of toxic weedkiller Roundup for residential use

After a federal judge rejected a proposed $2 billion settlement for all future claims that Roundup causes cancer, the maker of the widely used weedkiller said it will consider whether to end its sale...

California Assembly approves bill to sharply reduce lead leaching from water faucets and fixtures

Today a bill to sharply reduce lead leaching from water faucets and fixtures passed the California Assembly. If it becomes law, it will create the nation’s most legally stringent lead leaching limit...

Biden EPA reverses Trump ‘secret science’ rule

The Environmental Protection Agency today officially reversed the former Trump administration’s controversial “secret science” rule that prevented the agency from relying on the most up-to-date...

Organic sales soar in 2020 to over $61 billion

Sales of organic food and other organic products in the U.S. surged to nearly $62 billion in 2020 – up more than 12 percent from the year before, according to a new survey by the Organic Trade...

EWG applauds bill to end Defense Dept. use of ‘forever chemicals’ in household items

The Environmental Working Group today applauded Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) for introducing legislation to end the Defense Department’s purchase, procurement and...

Minnesota appeals court ignores threat to Pineland Sands communities’ water and health

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will not reverse the state’s decision to allow more irrigation permits in the Pineland Sands region, despite the lack of full environmental review – a ruling that clears...

Study: Additive found in Skittles and Starburst no longer considered safe

An additive used in Skittles, Starburst, Hostess’ Donettes and thousands of other foods should no longer be considered safe for human consumption, according to a new study from the European Union’s...

EWG calls on produce industry to support federal court ban of brain-damaging pesticide

The Environmental Working Group on Monday called on the conventional produce industry to support a recent federal court ruling requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to ban or severely restrict...

EWG analysis: More testing needed to keep people safe from algae toxins in Upper Midwest

Government monitoring of lakes, rivers and streams for a dangerous toxin that can be produced by outbreaks of algae falls far short of what’s needed to protect public health in Iowa, Minnesota and...

Only 25 percent of sunscreens offer adequate protection, no worrisome ingredients

Today the Environmental Working Group released its 15th annual Guide to Sunscreens. This year, EWG researchers rated the safety and efficacy of more than 1,800 products that advertise sun protection –...

Duke Energy CEO: Savings from Trump tax cuts ‘flowed right to customers’

The head of Duke Energy recently suggested the monopoly utility generously passed along to customers the savings it received under the Trump corporate tax cut.

Watchdog coalition to hold hearing on Duke Energy’s dismal record confronting the climate emergency

The Duke Energy Accountability Coalition’s People’s Commission will convene its second hearing on May 4 to shine a light on Duke’s policies and practices that resist clean energy solutions and rely...

EPA creates new PFAS council, narrows exemption for new PFAS

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan announced the creation of a new council to accelerate and coordinate efforts to reduce and remediate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as...
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