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Biden Throws Support Behind Commercial Offshore Wind Power Program

The Biden administration today committed to backing offshore wind projects along the Atlantic Seaboard that by 2030 will generate enough electricity to power 10 million homes for a year, will have...

Study: Preservative Used in Pop-Tarts and Hundreds of Popular Foods May Harm the Immune System

A food preservative used to prolong the shelf life of Pop-Tarts, Rice Krispies Treats, Cheez-Its and almost 1,250 other popular processed foods may harm the immune system, according to a new peer...

Study: Replacing Furniture and Foam Reduces Levels of Toxic Flame Retardants

Americans have been exposed to potentially harmful flame retardant chemicals for decades. A new study, conducted in Northern California, shows that replacing a couch, or even just swapping the foam in...

California To List Notorious ‘Forever Chemical’ as a Cause of Cancer in People

The top state scientific agency charged with protecting Californians from toxic chemicals has proposed adding the “forever chemical” PFOA to the list of substances known to the state to cause cancer...

Actor and Advocate Mark Ruffalo Applauds House Bills To Increase Infrastructure Funding for ‘Forever Chemicals’

Actor and environmental advocate Mark Ruffalo applauded the introduction of sweeping infrastructure legislation introduced by key House committees that would provide $3.5 billion over the next five...

EPA Takes First Step To Address Industrial Pollution From ‘Forever Chemicals’

The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to propose a new rule, asking chemical companies to provide information on the production and discharge of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which...

OUT NOW: EWG’s 2021 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Collard and mustard greens join kale among the most pesticide-contaminated fresh produce on the Environmental Working Group's 2021 Dirty Dozen™ list. For the first time, bell peppers and hot peppers...

EWG Applauds Senate Confirmation of Michael Regan as EPA Administrator

The Senate today confirmed President Biden's nominee, Michael Regan, to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Clean Energy Jobs: Senate Bill Would Help Coal Country and Automakers Transition to the Green Economy

Two senators from states where workers face tectonic shifts in employment prospects as their industries rapidly transition to clean energy are teaming up on legislation to help create well-paid jobs...

FDA Asks Women To Protect Themselves From Products The Agency Refused To Ban

Today, the Food and Drug Administration sent a special women's health alert and unveiled a new webpage urging caution for anyone using formaldehyde in hair-smoothing treatments, sometimes referred to...

Senate Confirms Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Energy Secretary

The Senate voted today to confirm Jennifer Granholm, who is a stalwart supporter of renewable energy and electric cars, to be energy secretary.

EWG Report: Under Trump, Farm Subsidies Soared, Making the Rich Richer

Federal farm policy has long favored the wealthiest landowners with taxpayer-funded largesse. But under the Trump administration, even more money went to the largest and wealthiest farms, further...

Groups Urge Immediate Action by EPA To Improve PFAS Disposal Guidance for Communities

The Environmental Protection Agency must take a series of steps to protect public health and the environment from the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from being incinerated or...

Study Shows Mounting Evidence of Plasticizer Chemicals’ Harm to the Fetus

Prenatal exposure to the widely used plasticizer chemicals called phthalates can lead to learning, attention and behavioral disorders in children, according to a peer-reviewed study published today in...

EPA Recommits to ‘Best Science’ in Chemical Risk Reviews That Were Politicized Under Trump

The Environmental Protection Agency will revamp the way it assesses toxic chemicals for health risks under the Toxic Substances Control Act, a process that under the Trump administration often let...

EWG Applauds Congressional E-Bike Act To Incentivize Purchase of Electric Bicycles

This week, Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) introduced legislation to make purchasing an electric bicycle, or e-bike, much more affordable for consumers.

EWG Calls on EPA To Ban Use of Brain-Damaging Pesticide

The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos should be banned for use immediately by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Working Group wrote in a public comment letter [link to letter] to...

Lawmakers Threaten To Derail Proposal To Eliminate Black Farmers’ Debt

Two members of the House Agriculture Committee are trying to derail a provision in the budget reconciliation bill that would eliminate all federal farm debt held by Black farmers.

EWG Applauds Senate Environmental Committee’s Vote To Approve Michael Regan as EPA Administrator

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today voted 14-6 to confirm Michael Regan to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The full Senate will vote in the coming...

EWG’s Skin Deep® Database Adds Filter To Identify Products by Black-Owned Brands

WASHINGTON – Buying products from Black-owned beauty brands is a powerful way to support the Black community directly. To make finding their beauty products easier, including clean options, the...
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