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Gov. Newsom voices concern over PG&E’s plan to crush California’s rooftop solar program

During a press conference on Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed concern about a proposal to crush the state’s popular rooftop solar program. The proposal is backed by Pacific Gas &...

PG&E presses regulators for another massive electric bill hike

California’s largest investor-owned electric utility is pressing regulators to approve a nearly 10 percent hike in electricity fees, raising its captive customers’ power bills to an average $200 per...

California officials confirm PG&E responsible for devastating Dixie Fire

California’s fire management agency has confirmed that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) was responsible for last summer’s Dixie Fire, which burned nearly 1 million acres and destroyed more than 1,300...

Defense bill tackling 'forever chemicals' with funding boost, policy reforms becomes law

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022, which includes $517 million to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS and critical policy reforms for tackling PFAS...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ contaminate more than half of wells tested in Delaware

More than half of the water wells that were tested in Delaware have detectable levels of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, and some have PFAS levels far exceeding federal health guidelines for...

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in eggs, spotlighting need for action

Chicken eggs from homesteads and farms near Fairfield, Maine, are contaminated with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, new testing finds, spotlighting the need for swift regulatory action to...

State regulators poised to side with PG&E and move to quash California’s rooftop solar program

Millions of California residents could soon no longer be able to afford to install rooftop solar panels and reap the financial and environmental benefits that come with the renewable source of energy...

Biden administration launches new federal purchasing policy to spur alternatives to “forever chemicals”

The Biden administration today issued an executive order on sustainable purchasing that directs federal agencies to seek alternatives to the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Sweeping Senate pesticide law overhaul protects kids, farmworkers and everyone

Legislation introduced today would ban or restrict scores of the most toxic pesticides, set health-based limits on pesticide use and registration, and create safety protections for farmworkers. If...

House passes Build Back Better bill to make historic climate-focused conservation investments

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for including $28 billion in the Build Back Better bill to tackle a growing backlog of requests from farmers seeking U...

House passes Build Back Better bill to protect firefighters from ‘forever chemicals’

The Build Back Better bill passed by the House of Representatives today includes $95 million for local fire departments to purchase firefighting foam and gear made without the toxic “forever chemicals...

Bill to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food packaging would eliminate major source of exposure

A bill introduced today in Congress would ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from food packaging, an avoidable source of exposure to the harmful substances.

EPA finds PFAS are more toxic than previously thought

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that safe levels of exposure to PFAS – the levels at which harms might not occur – should be thousands of times lower than limits it first proposed...

EWG applauds President Biden for nominating Dr. Robert Califf to be FDA commissioner

The Environmental Working Group today applauded President Joe Biden for nominating Dr. Robert Califf to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

EWG promotes two staff members to lead Midwest office, geospatial team

The Environmental Working Group has tapped two staff members for promotions to key leadership positions in the organization’s Midwest office, in Minneapolis

Bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $10 billion for cleanup of ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group applauds Congress for passing a $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill today that includes $10 billion to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

EPA still failing to act on widespread toxic chemical contamination of U.S. drinking water

Millions of Americans are unwittingly drinking water that includes an invisible toxic cocktail made up of contaminants linked to cancer, brain damage and other serious health harms, the 2021 update to...

La EPA sigue sin actuar ante la contaminación química tóxica generalizada en el agua potable de Estados Unidos

Millones de personas en los Estados Unidos están bebiendo, sin darse cuenta, agua que incluye un cóctel tóxico compuesto por contaminantes relacionados con el cáncer, daños cerebrales y otros graves...

Clean energy groups urge California to reject plan that increases cost of residential solar for working families

Several California clean energy groups are urging the state to make solar more accessible and affordable for low- and moderate-income families and reject a plan that would cause monthly bills to soar...

Build Back Better bill includes $27 billion for historic climate-focused conservation efforts

The Environmental Working Group today applauds House and Senate leaders for including $27 billion in the budget reconciliation bill, to tackle a growing backlog of farmers who need help addressing the...
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