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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The Burlingame, Calif., city council has passed a motion to post guidelines on the city’s website to advise consumers how they can minimize their exposure to cell phone radiation.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
A Department of Energy advisory panel’s draft report has insufficiently examined in depth the health and safety issues raised by natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, according to a detailed assessment by Environmental Working Group.
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Monday, August 15, 2011
Few Californians realize that the highly controversial shale gas and oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has been taking place in their state for more than 50 years.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
In a draft report on the increasingly controversial practice of shale gas drilling, the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board Subcommittee sidestepped the crucial question of whether hydraulic fracturing technology should remain exempt from most federal environmental regulation.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Twenty eight scientists from 22 universities in 13 states have signed a letter objecting to the makeup of an industry-dominated advisory panel named by Energy Secretary Steven Chu to examine safety and environmental issues linked to natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Elected officials from across New York state voiced their disapproval of the U.S. Department of Energy’s advisory board on natural gas drilling , demanding that Secretary of Energy Steven Chu correct the glaring imbalance on the panel he appointed.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A new study released today by the US Geological Survey shows that efforts to reduce nitrate levels in the Mississippi River Basin are having little impact. Nitrates come mostly from the over-application of chemical fertilizers on crops in the Corn Belt, fouling streams and rivers and eventually helping to swell the annual Gulf of Mexico "Dead Zone."
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Contrary to the drilling industry claim that hydraulic fracturing has never contaminated groundwater, the Environmental Protection Agency concluded in a 1987 study that “fracking” of a natural gas well in West Virginia contaminated an underground drinking water source . That all-but-forgotten report to Congress, uncovered by Environmental Working Group and Earthjustice, found that fracturing gel from a shale gas well more than 4,000 feet deep had contaminated well water.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Environmental Working Group senior scientist David Andrews issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency of its revised Chemical Data Reporting rule (CDR).
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Although parents are likely feeling reassured by the first media headlines about a new Swiss study of brain tumor risk in children using cell phones, the findings are actually quite troubling, according to a review by Environmental Working Group.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
In a letter to the Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, national and state environmental and health organizations called for full funding of the National Children’s Study.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The California Environmental Protection Agency has set a public health goal of 0.02 parts per billion for drinking water contamination with the carcinogenic compound hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6.
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Environmental Working Group today released its groundbreaking Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health , a powerful, multi-featured tool that allows both consumers and experts to understand easily how food choices affect both their environmental footprint and their health.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Religious leaders, community representatives, environmental groups and health advocates from 100 organizations representing 2 million people in 13 states have united to protest the U.S. Energy Department's decision to set up an advisory panel on hydraulic fracturing dominated by people with financial ties to the natural gas industry.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011
A deal brokered by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to end tax credits and tariffs that subsidize the U.S. ethanol industry is a step in the right direction.
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Monday, June 6, 2011
Legislation to ban the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol A from baby bottles and sippy cups sold in California is moving to the California Senate floor.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Today’s Senate committee vote to provide medical care for veterans and families made ill by contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune marks an important advance in the effort to address health problems of an estimated 750,000 Americans.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Since releasing the 2011 Sunscreen Guide in May, Environmental Working Group has received dozens of requests from companies and supporters alike asking to add more of their favorite products to the database rating more than 1700 sun protection products.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
For three decades, the politically well-connected corn ethanol industry has been able to harness government support without much thought to the fuel’s harm to health, the environment and engines. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a final rule that attempts to keep consumers from using too high of an ethanol blend in their cars, trucks and small and off-road engines.
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Monday, June 27, 2011
Community leaders, environmental organizations, faith-based groups and health advocates are calling on Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to reform the industry-dominated Natural Gas Subcommittee he set up to investigate safety issues raised by hydraulic fracturing.
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