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The Pentagon’s toxic ‘forever chemicals’ waste could be burning near your home

Industrial facilities across the country could be unwittingly burning the Pentagon’s legacy firefighting foam, according to an analysis of Pentagon records. The firefighting foam is made with the...

Forever chemicals from military bases may be lurking in agricultural water supplies

Farmers near military bases might be unknowingly contaminating their crops and livestock with water contaminated by the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, an EWG analysis finds.

Halloween horror led to stricter food safety law – it’s time for another update

In the fall of 1950, a Halloween nightmare was unfolding. There was something in the candy and it was making kids sick. Across the country, dozens of children were suffering from severe diarrhea and...

Here’s a PFAS roadmap for Congress – and the rest of the Biden administration

Here are six things Congress must do right away to turn off the tap of PFAS pollution, reduce PFAS in drinking water and household products, and clean up legacy PFAS contamination, especially at...

Hundreds of potentially toxic algae outbreaks have plagued water in 2021

Fall typically marks the end of the algae outbreak season for most of the U.S. This year, news reports of the potentially toxic blooms in bodies of water have soared to at least 476, an eight percent...

Despite EPA roadmap, Congress must tackle industrial ‘forever chemicals’ discharges

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued a long-awaited road map for tackling the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. But it falls short on industrial discharges of PFAS, so Congress...

The scariest thing about Halloween may be what’s lurking in candy

Halloween is just days away, when children will dress up as ghosts, zombies and other scary creatures while they trick-or-treat.

Six tips to avoid phthalates after study highlights health harms, billion-dollar costs

A new study of the endocrine-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates found in everyday products like perfumes and toys adds to mounting evidence of their chronic health harms and potentially billions...

California lead pipeline replacements are welcome but lack vital health safeguards

Water utilities across California are taking the welcome step of replacing lead pipelines, a much-needed effort to get the known neurotoxin out of drinking water. But information obtained by EWG...

‘Forever chemicals’ contamination at Gulf of Mexico Defense Department sites threatens fish, residents

Groundwater from at least 13 Defense Department sites in the Gulf of Mexico region is contaminated with high levels of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to DOD records obtained by...

New EWG framework overlays demographic data, cumulative cancer risk from tap water contamination

A new framework developed by EWG scientists will help U.S. state and federal efforts to improve drinking water quality and advance the priorities of environmental equity.

Common food additives in Cap’n Crunch and Apple Jacks cereal may harm human health

When you’re shopping for cereal, you might assume everything for sale has been regulated and proven safe to eat. But that’s not always true. In fact, popular brands, including Cap’n Crunch and Apple...

Study: Lead detected in more than half of U.S. kids under age 6

A new study of children in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia finds more than half had detectable levels of lead in their blood. The proportion of children with lead in their blood...

EPA plan to regulate industry ‘forever chemical’ discharges omits thousands of potential polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate some industrial discharges of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS into our drinking water omits thousands of suspected dischargers...

California proclaims October Children’s Environmental Health Month

State lawmakers are proclaiming October 2021 Children’s Environmental Health Month, aiming to raise awareness about the importance of cleaner air and water, safer food and healthier products to...

FAA will likely miss looming deadline for letting airports switch to PFAS-free foam

The Federal Aviation Administration has a duty to let airports use firefighting foams that don’t contain the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, but instead it wants to blow past a looming...

Staying safe under the sun: How melanin levels can significantly affect skin cancer risk

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer worldwide and the most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Recent research shows that melanin, a pigment found in hair, skin and eyes, can play a...

The Netflix of solar: Save more money on your utility bills with novel renewable power

Millions of Americans now have easier access to cheap and renewable solar energy, thanks to community solar, a subscription-based service that makes it simple for electricity customers to use remote...

PFAS news roundup

September 17: PFAS could cost taxpayers billions of dollars, manufacturing PFAS emits a potent greenhouse gas and more

EPA’s plan to regulate industry ‘forever chemicals’ discharges falls short

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to regulate some industrial discharges of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS into our drinking water falls short of what’s needed to turn off...

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