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USDA releases new round of pesticide residue tests on produce showing conventional agriculture’s continued heavy reliance on toxic crop chemicals

The Department of Agriculture today published its latest round of pesticide residue tests for thousands of samples of domestic and imported fruits and vegetables.

Congressional defense bill tackles 'forever chemicals' with funding boost, policy reforms

The final version of Congress’ National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022 includes $517 million in funding to clean up the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, and critical policy...

‘Forever chemical’ GenX more toxic than previously acknowledged, says EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced that GenX, one of many “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, is hazardous at much lower exposures than the two notorious PFAS known as PFOA and PFOS.

EWG news roundup (9/17): Green hydrogen as affordable way to combat the climate crisis, algae blooms causing ER trips and more

EWG news roundup (9/17): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

EWG statement on historic food and farm investments in Senate budget resolution

Senate leaders today released a $3.5 trillion budget resolution that includes $135 billion to address the nation’s food and farm challenges, including historic investments in tackling hunger...

EWG statement on 100-day deadline for EPA PFAS council recommendations

Today marks the 100-day deadline for an Environmental Protection Agency council to submit recommendations to Administrator Michael Regan for coordinating and accelerating remediation of the “forever...

EWG applauds new EPA programs addressing pollution from ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group applauds the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency of a new stewardship program to remove from the marketplace “forever chemicals” approved through a...

EWG Grieves for Atlanta Victims, Condemns Surge in Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans

The Environmental Working Group is outraged and deeply saddened by the slaughter in the Atlanta area of eight innocent Americans, including six of Asian descent.

EWG: FDA's Call for Food Companies To Remove Arsenic, Other Heavy Metals in Baby Food Falls Short

The letter sent today to manufacturers of baby and toddler food by the Food and Drug Administration reminding them that they must comply with the manufacturing rules outlined by the Food Safety...

EWG Letter to CDC Director Calling for His Resignation

Attached is a letter EWG President Ken Cook wrote to Dr. Robert Redfield calling on him to resign as the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

EWG Comments to NEJAC Recommending Measures for Addressing PFAS Contamination Crisis

The Environmental Working Group submitted written comments to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council with recommendations on the necessary measures for addressing the PFAS contamination...

California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Clears Another Legislative Hurdle

Today the California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, A.B. 2762, passed out of the State Senate Environmental Quality Committee. If enacted, the law would be the first in the nation to ban 12 toxic...

EWG Statement on House Passage of Heroes Act

WASHINGTON ­­– Today the House passed the HEROES Act, a $3 billion coronavirus stimulus package. Here is a statement from EWG Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber: Millions of...

California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act Moves Forward in Assembly

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, A.B. 2762, today passed out of the State Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. The following is the statement of...

COVID-19 Bill Fails To Protect Workers and Hungry Families

Here is a statement by Scott Faber, senior vice president for the Environmental Working Group, on the $484 billion COVID-19 bill currently under consideration by Congress: The bill passed Tuesday by...

EWG Calls for Food and Farm Protections in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

Congress must make support for the nation's food and farm system a priority in the next COVID-19 stimulus bill, said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at EWG.

EWG: More Stimulus Support for Nutrition Programs, Food and Farm Workers and Clean Energy Jobs

WASHINGTON – Following passage today of the $2.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package, Environmental Working Group urged Congress to include support for hungry families, food and farm workers, and the...

EWG Applauds Rep. Pingree’s Plan To Combat Climate Crisis Through Reducing GHG Emissions From Farms

WASHINGTON – Environmental Working Group today applauded Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) for introducing the Agriculture Resilience Act, critical legislation that would dramatically reduce greenhouse...

Defense Bill Fails To Address PFAS Pollution at Oregon Military Bases

A defense spending bill passed by the Senate today excludes key provisions designed to reduce ongoing releases of the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, remove PFAS from tap water sources and...

Defense Bill Fails To Address PFAS Pollution in New Jersey

The defense bill passed by the Senate today excludes key provisions designed to reduce ongoing releases of the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, remove PFAS from tap water and clean up legacy...

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