News Releases

Friday, January 10, 2020
EWG today applauded the House for voting to pass H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
The Trump administration threatened to veto PFAS legislation on Tuesday, just days after failing to meet its promise to move forward by the end of 2019 with efforts to set a drinking water standard for the toxic fluorinated chemicals.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Today, the Auditor for the State of California found that efforts by the California Department of Health Care Services and California Department of Public Health to prevent lead poisoning have failed to test millions of children on Medi-Cal. More than 1.4 million 1- and 2-year-old children did not receive any of the required tests, and another 740,000 children missed one of the two tests that determine whether they have elevated lead levels.
Friday, December 20, 2019
Days after Congress failed to set drinking water standards for two highly toxic fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, the European Union is moving aggressively to adopt drinking water limits on all PFAS compounds throughout its 28 member nations.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Trump administration today proposed reapproving the pesticide atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting hormone that castrates frogs and is linked to birth defects and cancer in people. It has been banned or is being phased out in more than 35 countries.
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Thursday, December 19, 2019
The nation’s largest investor-owned electric utility – which is seeking huge customer rate hikes, making puny investments in renewable energy and emitting vast amounts of pollution that worsen the climate crisis – paid less than zero in federal taxes in 2018.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
The 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 and clean up legacy PFAS contamination.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
DuPont, whose toxic fluorinated chemicals have contaminated communities nationwide, is buying a company that specializes in removing those same chemicals from tap water.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Beginning next year, a neurotoxic pesticide that at low doses can trigger brain and behavioral damage in children will be banned from use by agricultural operations in New York State
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
President Trump is considering nominating a former top chemical industry executive, who at the Environmental Protection Agency has led the rollback of important chemical safety regulations, to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to a report in The Washington Post.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Environmental Working Group today published a map of 305 military installations that used the firefighting foams made with the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, which have likely contaminated drinking water or ground water on or around the bases
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
The defense bill finalized by Congress last night excludes key provisions designed to reduce ongoing releases of the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, remove PFAS from tap water and clean up legacy PFAS contamination.
Friday, December 6, 2019
The European Union today confirmed it will ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops early next year, citing the risk of brain damage to children – evidence the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignored in scuttling a proposed ban on the chemical.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Manufacturers of the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS may have scored a big win if key provisions to reduce releases and clean up these contaminants from drinking water sources were scrapped from a final defense spending bill before Congress.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
The Trump Environmental Protection Agency violated federal regulations in order to speed up repeal of pollution rules for old, dirty diesel engines in new freight trucks, instructing agency officials to ignore the impacts on children’s health.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
To mark the Environmental Protection Agency’s 50th anniversary, agency chief Andrew Wheeler has announced plans for a year-long celebration, promising “to build on our progress for future generations” – a boast that invites skepticism, given the Trump administration’s continued rollback of environmental protections.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
The Environmental Working Group has hired environmental attorney Jamie Konopacky as EWG’s Midwest director, based in Minneapolis, to strengthen and expand EWG’s work at the state and local level in the region.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Last week, the Navy asked a federal court to delay a lawsuit seeking to require the military to pay for medical monitoring of people who live near naval installations to determine whether they have developed health problems from exposure to fluorinated chemicals, commonly called PFAS.
Friday, November 22, 2019
The EPA announced today it will allow methylene chloride, a dangerous chemical that can kill a person on contact, to remain an ingredient in paint-stripper products for commercial use while banning those products for sale to consumers.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The number of military installations and adjacent communities likely contaminated with toxic fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, is higher than previously disclosed, a top Defense Department official admitted – but the Pentagon can’t say how badly it undercounted contaminated sites.