Fracking and Endocrine Disruptors, Sunscreen and Endometriosis

Our California fracking report continued to gain fantastic coverage this week with three large stories in Santa Cruz Weekly, Sacramento News and Review and Wines and Vines. Our president, Ken Cook, posted in Huffington Post on BPA in food packaging in anticipation of FDA's March 31 deadline to make a decision on the chemical. The agency made an announcement late today, Friday, stating it would continue the use of the chemical in food packaging. EWG's release criticizing the move was picked up by Forbes, Bloomberg and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Natural Resources

Santa Cruz: In California, Fracking Foes take Aim

Environmentalists dismiss such assertions. "How do they know there are no associated problems when no one has ever regulated or even monitored fracking operations in the state?" asks Leeann Brown of the Environmental Working Group. "We can't find what we don't look for. Other states, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming have all experienced environmental problems as a result of this practice. California needs better monitoring and tracking before the industry can claim their work is not affecting our water, air, soil and communities' health."

Sacramento News and Review: Oh, Frack!

"It's this commonplace method, but we know nothing about it," says Bill Allayaud, lobbyist with the Environmental Working Group. Allayaud is one of the main advocates for a state law that would require more disclosure of fracking--following the example of states like Colorado, Wyoming and Texas. "I think we ought to know where it's being used and what the chemicals are."

Wines and Vines: Does Fracking Threaten California Vineyards?

Last month, the Environmental Working Group released a heavily annotated, 20-page report about California's state policy concerning fracking. Founded in 1993, EWG is a national, nonprofit organization for the stated purpose of protecting "children, babies and infants in the womb" by replacing federal policies "with policies that invest in conservation and sustainable development."

Huffington Post: Natural Gas Wells Proliferation Poisoning Children's Air, Research Suggests

"Children are more sensitive to all of these pollutants, whether traditional ozone, dust or particulates caused by hydrocarbons leaking out of the wells or the diesel trucks carrying the materials," added Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, whose goal is to protect public health and the environment.

Chemicals, Chemical Reform

Bloomberg: U.S. Denies Request to Ban BPA in Packaging

The Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based advocacy group, said consumers can no longer trust the FDA to protect the health of their families.

"The agency has veered dangerously off course," Jane Houlihan, the group's senior vice president for research, said today in a statement. "Pregnant women and new parents should no longer think FDA has their backs."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: FDA rejects petition to ban BPA in food packaging

The agency's move Friday was criticized by Environmental Working Group, which has lobbied to remove BPA from food and food containers, particularly baby bottles and infant formula.

"The next decision the FDA should make is to remove 'responsible for protecting the public health' from its mission statement," said Jane Houlihan, senior vice president for research at the Environmental Working Group. "It's false advertising. Allowing a chemical as toxic as BPA, and linked to so many serious health problems, to remain in food means the agency has veered dangerously off course."

Forbes: FDA rejects BPA ban

The next decision the FDA should make is to remove 'responsible for protecting the public health' from its mission statement," said Jane Houlihan, Senior Vice President for Research of the Environmental Working Group, which published one of the first studies to prove that BPA leaches from food packaging. "It's false advertising. Allowing a chemical as toxic as BPA, and linked to so many serious health problems, to remain in food means the agency has veered dangerously off course."

Examiner: Please help ban this harmful chemical in your food

Please read this email I got from the wonderful group Environmental Working Group, which helps make us aware of the chemicals and toxins in everyday products.

PR Watch: Death by Delay: Obama Team Stalls on Chemical Regulation

Jason Rano, Director of Government Affairs at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and Andy Igrejas, Campaign Director at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF), both applaud the EPA for attempting to warn the public for the first time in a generation about the new data on the chemicals, but recognize that the TSCA needs to be overhauled.

Augusta Blog: Two Documentaries: BPA Plastics and GM Foods

I recently signed a petition from through the Environmental Working Group to the Food and Drug Administration asking them to support the ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in containers used in food packaging.


Lipstick and Luxury: The Beauty Industry is Not Always Pretty: Fatal Attraction to Cosmetics and Chemicals

The Environment Working Group (EWG) has a fabulous resource on their website called EWG's Skin Deep® database where you can look up the ingredients listed on your favorite beauty products to find out exactly what's in them and if any of the ingredients are hazardous.

BND: Is your favorite sunscreen on the good or bad list?

Many companies boast extraordinary claims about their sunscreen products, while not delivering, says the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, which specializes in providing useful resources to consumers (at while simultaneously pushing for national policy change. Natural Parenting: There's An App For That

Environmental Working Group sunscreen guide: as the weather gets warm, slather your kids in real sun safety, not carcinogenic chemicals. This app makes it easy for make an informed purchase when you're overwhelmed by the many brands on the shelves.

Orange County Register: 10 toxic cosmetic ingredients

According to the Environmental Working Group, cosmetics companies are not required to report to the FDA. But the EWG believes chemical exposures overall in our environment cause everything from the reproductive problems to cancer.

The Windsor Star: Natural recipe for beauty

A key resource for learning about the potential health risks associated with cosmetics is the Environmental Working Group's website,

My Sweet William: Toothpaste Additive Declared Toxic to Environment

See the listings on EWG's Skin Deep cosmetics database for detailed product information.

Fashion Magz: Makeup alert: Presence of lead, other chemicals in cosmetics poses concerns

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit advocacy group headquartered in Washington, posts some hair-raising information on its cosmetics safety database,, which examines nearly 70,000 ingredients and specific products.

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