This week, EWG analyzed the former Trump administration’s last-minute revisions to the federal Lead and Copper Rule, which would continue to leave millions of families with the risk of drinking lead-tainted water. We also broke down the Biden administration’s Jobs Plan, which calls for replacing all lead pipes and service lines across the nation.
Recently, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate steps to ban or severely restrict the use of the highly toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. On Monday, EWG called on the conventional produce industry to support the court’s ruling.
“The presence of chlorpyrifos residues on conventionally grown produce has posed serious risks to public health, and especially children’s health,” wrote EWG President Ken Cook in a letter to the non-organic produce industry. “We write today to urge your respective organizations to stand with consumers, parents and all Americans who want to eat healthy foods that do not put them at risk of dietary exposure to chlorpyrifos, and ask you to publicly support the federal court’s decision requiring the EPA to take immediate steps to protect children from this highly neurotoxic pesticide.”
Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.
Every year, the Environmental Working Group digs up all the details on commercial sunscreens for kids and gives them a rating based on safety. They take into consideration product packaging, the usability of each sunscreen and the amount of harmful chemicals used in the product.
Aldicarb on citrus
But the Farmworker Association of Florida, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Working Group in March challenged the EPA’s decision in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.
“This is what we now know is the modus operandi of Trump and his EPA: corruption couched as policy,” said Ken Cook, president of the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, following Pruitt’s decision. “Trump and his political appointees at the agency show nearly every day that they are not there to protect Americans’ health but to cater to the whims of polluters. If you’re looking for evidence of corrupt collusion with sinister interests, here it is in plain view.”
As well, according to the Environmental Working Group, 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, such as toluene, which is known to cause urothelial or bladder cancer. Phthalates in fragrances have also been linked to bladder cancer.
In 2015, the Environmental Working Group found potassium bromate in eighty-six store-bought baked goods, including some brands of store-bought breakfast sandwiches. Steer clear of these ultra-processed products.
Skin Deep® cosmetics database
EWG's Healthy Living app (available for both iPhone and Android) allows you to search for products by name or scan a barcode to see how they score for safety.
In beauty terms, "natural" has no strict legal definition, so we’ve picked clean blushes which have received the green light from consumer products’ watchdog, the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
One of the leaders in sustainable perfumery, Henry Rose uses recycled glass for its bottles and only chooses scents that meet the Environmental Working Group's standards. This particular scent has bursts of the springtime vibe with grapefruit, bergamot, and Earl Grey tea.
EWG VERIFIED™: Cosmetics
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In 2020, they have reissued an Environmental Working Group (EWG) Verification, which is prepared by a third-party nonprofit that rates ingredient safety in products.
Food and farm workers
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that as of October 2020, nearly 97% of the $9.2 billion in CFAP aid that had been distributed went to white farmers. Furthermore, white farmers received on average eight times more in aid ($3,398) than the average Black farmer ($422).
Justice for Black Farmer’s Act
According to the most recent data from the USDA, out of the 3.4 million farmers in the US today, only 45,000 are Black. White farmers account for 98 percent of the acres. And, according to the Environmental Working Group, Black farmers have been systematically denied access to land, subsidies and loans.
Microcystin in Wisconsin
The analysis, which was conducted by the Environmental Working Group, showed that Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota all lack sufficient testing programs for cyanobacteria. The group looked at reports dating back to 2010 to determine how often the states were monitoring for the toxin and how many bodies of water had been tested. In Wisconsin, 12 of 20 reported algae blooms have been tested for cyanobacteria, the report shows.
State agencies in Midwestern states including Wisconsin don't adequately test lakes for cyanobacteria, the blue-green algae that can be toxic to humans and wildlife, an analysis by the Environmental Working Group found.
A new analysis by the Environmental Working Group finds that Wisconsin and other Midwestern states lack sufficient data on algae blooms in lakes, though these blooms can be toxic and life-threatening. A limnologist explains.
PFAS in breast milk
There are no standards for PFAS in breast milk, but the public health advocacy organization Environmental Working Group puts its advisory target for drinking water at 1ppt, and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, within the Department of Health and Human Services, recommends as little as 14ppt in children’s drinking water.
There are no FDA safety standards for PFAS in breast milk, but as a comparison, The Guardian noted that experts at the Environmental Working Group advise drinking water at 1 ppt while the Department of Health and Human Services recommends as little as 14 ppt in children’s drinking water.
To put that in perspective, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends a limit of one ppt in drinking water while the Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry suggests 14 ppt for children's drinking water, The Guardian pointed out.
PFAS in water
Daily Mail: Scientists say they are 'concerned' after high levels of 'forever chemicals' used in everything from cosmetics to take out containers found in the breast milk of US mothers - up to 2,000 TIMES greater than what is declared safe in drinking water
However, the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization, recommends no more than 1ppt in drinking water.
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
“Organic is a starting point, but the ideal is to know where your food is coming from and to educate yourself about sourcing your food,” he says. (You can look at the Clean Fifteen, Dirty Dozen from the Environmental Working Group for a crash course.)
Every year the Environmental Working Group analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA to highlight foods that test positive for the most and the least amounts of pesticides—known as the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen.”
Almost 70 percent of produce in the U.S. contains pesticides. Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases two lists every year: the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. The Dirty Dozen covers the conventional produce that carries the most pesticide residue.
2021 Guide to Sunscreens
Nneka Leiba, vice president for Healthy Living Science for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that there is no legal definition for "reef safe," but companies typically use it to mean a product is free of oxybenzone or octinoxate.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s 2020 Guide to Sunscreens, these two ingredients are the only two UV filters considered truly safe—both for people and the environment—by the FDA.
To make it easier to stock up on safe sunscreens, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released their 15th Annual Sunscreen Guide. The non-profit put more than 1,300 SPF products through the paces and found that only about 25% offer enough protection—and avoid questionable ingredients—to be safe (for you and the environment) and effective.
In a bid to find a safe, environmentally responsible sunscreen that completely rubs in, I spoke with dermatologists and skin care experts, scoured resources, like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) sunscreen guide, and tested a mix of products myself.
Tap Water Database
The EWG’s tap water database can help you find your state’s utility companies with water violations on their record and put water reports into perspective with health guidelines. SimpleWater evaluated state’s actions regarding lead levels in school tap water and assigned grades for each state.
There are many ways to treat your home’s water, but the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has rated reverse osmosis as the most effective method. It removes heavy metal contaminants like lead, arsenic, fluoride, and radium. It also significantly reduces the quantity of total dissolved solids (TDS).