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PG&E asks California for $201 million profit hike, benefiting directors – but wildfire victims stay unpaid

While Californians focus on freeing their economy from the grip of a gruesome pandemic and pushing through another season of devastating wildfires and power blackouts, the leadership of Pacific Gas &...

EWG applauds Biden’s ambitious goal for solar to produce almost 50 percent of U.S. electricity by 2050

President Joe Biden’s ambitious plan for the U.S. to produce almost 50 percent of its electricity from solar by 2050 is achievable and vital to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis, said...

EPA plan to curb industrial ‘forever chemicals’ discharges must go faster

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft biannual plan, Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15, identifying actions the EPA plans to take to regulate wastewater pollution.

California State Legislature approves bill with nation’s strictest limit on lead leaching from faucets

On Tuesday, California’s State Legislature approved Assembly Bill 100, which would enact the strictest lead-leaching limit for drinking water faucets in the nation.

California lawmakers approve bill to ban toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging and straws

Today, the California State Legislature approved Assembly Bill 1200, which would ban the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from paper, paperboard or plant-based food packaging, utensils and...

John Reeder, 30-year top EPA veteran, joins EWG’s policy shop

John Reeder, who spent more than three decades at the Environmental Protection Agency in several top roles, including 17 years as a senior executive, has joined the Environmental Working Group as vice...

California lawmakers advance bill to ban 'forever chemicals' in products for infants, children

Today the California Assembly gave final approval to first-in-the-nation legislation to protect infants and children from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS by banning the substances in cribs...

As Dixie Fire rages, PG&E asks California regulators for $201 million in extra profit at ratepayers’ expense

Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, is asking California regulators to give it $201 million in extra profit at ratepayers’ expense. This would ease the reviled utility’s $13.5 billion debt to wildfire...

House Armed Services Committee advances critical PFAS actions, cleanup funds

The House Armed Services Committee is expected as early as this evening to advance the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022, with critical provisions for the Pentagon to address the...

EWG water atlas links water pollution to heavy fertilizer use in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin

The Environmental Working Group today unveiled its innovative water atlas, which shows a close link between heavily fertilized cropland in four Upper Mississippi River Basin states – Illinois, Iowa...

‘Forever chemicals’ contamination found at 59 more Defense Department sites

The soil, groundwater and surface water of an additional 59 military installations across the U.S. are contaminated with the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to Defense Department...

FDA test results again downplay risks of ‘forever chemicals’ in food

The Food and Drug Administration’s release today of tests for the presence of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in food once again downplays the risks that the substances pose to consumers, with...

House defense bill includes historic funding for PFAS cleanup at military sites

The House version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022, or NDAA, includes $549 million in dedicated funding for the cleanup at Defense Department installations of the toxic...

EPA will ban all food uses of pesticide chlorpyrifos

Today the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will ban all uses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food, a move to protect public health that also highlights the risks of unsafe but widely used...

EWG: USDA food stamp benefit increase boosts healthy diet for millions

The Environmental Working Group today applauds the Department of Agriculture for increasing the standard food stamp benefit provided to more than 40 million Americans who depend on the program.

California Energy Commission advances solar mandate for new commercial buildings

The California Energy Commission on Wednesday voted for a measure to require all new commercial buildings, high-rise residential units, hotels, schools and other structures in the state to include...

FDA fails to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from food containers, despite known health risks

The Food and Drug Administration is again failing to protect consumers from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Despite evidence that PFAS from these containers can contaminate the food in...

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

EWG applauds the bipartisan group of Senate negotiators for a bipartisan infrastructure deal unveiled today that includes $10 billion to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Bayer to end residential sales of cancer-causing weedkiller glyphosate by 2023

Cancer-causing weedkiller glyphosate will no longer be sold for residential use in the U.S. by 2023. The move highlights the need to also immediately halt current uses of the substance on food crops.

California announces bold public health goals for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water

Today the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, or OEHHA, proposed bold new limits to regulate the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in drinking water.
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