Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.

VP, Science Investigations

Olga Naidenko leads EWG’s research efforts on children’s environmental health. In their doctoral studies, they focused on the molecular basis of immune defense. Naidenko formerly held a prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science policy fellowship, during which they worked at the Environmental Protection Agency, focusing on climate change and water quality standards.

External Publications

In The News

The vast majority of community water systems meet legal standards. Yet the latest research shows that contaminants present in the water at those concentrations – perfectly legal – can still harm human health. We need to prioritize source water protection, to make sure that these contaminants don’t get into the drinking water supplies to begin with.

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Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.
CNN

With the FQPA legislation, Congress clearly gave the EPA the power to protect children’s health from pesticides. The EPA should be able to fully use this authority without waiting for additional instructions, if the EPA leadership decides to do so.

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TIME

Before the pandemic, chemicals that may harm the immune system’s defense against infection or cancer did not receive sufficient attention from public health agencies. To protect public health, this must change.

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Consumer Affiars

In EWG’s view, it is important for companies to start removing chemicals associated with health risks, so that shoppers don’t have to have a chemistry degree in order to decipher food labels.

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Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.
The Guardian

The relationship between social and economic indicators and water quality is well established. Poor people always have the short end of the stick.

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Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.
Salon

This new paper shows that PFAS pollution is affecting even more Americans than we previously estimated. PFAS are likely detectable in all major water supplies in the U.S., almost certainly in all that use surface water

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

he EPA must follow the science and not the demands of the pesticide industry and ban the use of aldicarb on Florida’s citrus crops.

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Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.
Fort Myers News-Press

The science on perchlorate is very clear: It harms infants and the developing fetus.

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Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.
One Green Planet

Numerous studies show that existing EPA regulations for pesticides fail to protect children’s health. The federal pesticide policy is in urgent need of reform.

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Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.
Nation of Change