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Thursday, February 25, 2021
The Senate voted today to confirm Jennifer Granholm, who is a stalwart supporter of renewable energy and electric cars, to be energy secretary.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Federal farm policy has long favored the wealthiest landowners with taxpayer-funded largesse. But under the Trump administration, even more money went to the largest and wealthiest farms, further shortchanging smaller, struggling family farms, according to a new Environmental Working Group report.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
The Environmental Protection Agency must take a series of steps to protect public health and the environment from the toxic fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS from being incinerated or dumped in landfills, wrote more than 30 environmental and public health organizations in comments submitted to the agency this week.
Friday, February 19, 2021
Prenatal exposure to the widely used plasticizer chemicals called phthalates can lead to learning, attention and behavioral disorders in children, according to a peer-reviewed study published today in the American Journal of Public Health.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The Environmental Protection Agency will revamp the way it assesses toxic chemicals for health risks under the Toxic Substances Control Act, a process that under the Trump administration often let political appointees water down or disregard findings of the agency’s scientists.
Friday, February 12, 2021
This week, Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) introduced legislation to make purchasing an electric bicycle, or e-bike, much more affordable for consumers.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Two members of the House Agriculture Committee are trying to derail a provision in the budget reconciliation bill that would eliminate all federal farm debt held by Black farmers.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos should be banned for use immediately by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Environmental Working Group wrote in a public comment letter [link to letter] to the agency this week. The EPA should make it illegal for any traces of chlorpyrifos to be present on produce or other foods.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today voted 14-6 to confirm Michael Regan to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The full Senate will vote in the coming days on Regan’s nomination to head the agency.
Monday, February 8, 2021
The following is the statement of John Boyd, founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, and Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president for government affairs, on the reintroduction of the Justice for Black Farmers Act, by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
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Monday, February 8, 2021
Land O’Lakes touts its new agricultural carbon credits market as a “transformational” program rewarding farmers for adopting conservation practices while “incentivizing” corporations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But will it actually help address the climate crisis?
Monday, February 8, 2021
WASHINGTON – Buying products from Black-owned beauty brands is a powerful way to support the Black community directly. To make finding their beauty products easier, including clean options, the Environmental Working Group has added a new filter to its popular Skin Deep® database that allows consumers to search through almost 3,300 products in the database from 140 Black-owned brands.
Friday, February 5, 2021
WASHINGTON – A new study heightens concerns about firefighters’ exposure to the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS: Nearly 99 percent of the fluorine found in tests of dust from inside fire stations likely came from unknown PFAS chemicals that could not be identified as one that researchers had tested for.
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Thursday, February 4, 2021
Several brands of widely sold baby foods are tainted with dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, according to a new investigation by a House subcommittee.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Today President Biden’s nominee for secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack, who held the same post in the Obama administration, testified in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Feeling the heat from President Biden’s ambitious plans to counter the climate crisis, today Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and several other automakers dropped their support of the deposed Trump administration’s legal fight to block California from implementing stringent tailpipe emissions standards.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
In a sharp break from the policies of the Trump administration, President Biden today issued an ambitious series of executive orders to combat the climate crisis, embrace science and foster environmental justice by ordering the federal government to pour resources into low-income communities and communities of color that bear an outsized burden from pollution and global warming.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Solvay Specialty Chemicals failed for up to eight years to report animal and human tests showing the health hazards of one or more of the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, the Environmental Working Group charged today in a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency. For multiple violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act, EWG asked the EPA to levy civil and criminal fines totaling $434 million,
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
A coalition of public interest, environmental and economic justice organizations will convene the first-ever hearing to examine Duke Energy’s policies and practices, which have polluted and financially punished its low-income ratepayers and communities of color throughout its vast six-state service area.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Today DuPont, Chemours and Corteva announced a cost-sharing agreement worth $4 billion to settle lawsuits involving the historic use of the highly toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.
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