Testimony & Official Correspondence

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Below and attached is EWG’s testimony to the Consumer Product Safety Commission in support of a petition to ban hazardous flame retardants in four categories of consumer products: children’s products, mattresses, furniture and the casings surrounding electronic products.


EWG testimony to the CPSC

September 14, 2017

Comments by EWG Senior Analyst, Sonya Lunder, regarding the Organohalogen Flame Retardants Petition

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Monday, July 24, 2017

EWG and 122,210 supporters write to EPA’s pesticide office urging it to ban all unnecessary uses of neonicotinoid insecticides as it completes its assessment of their ecological effects. Canada and Europe have already enacted restrictions on neonicotinoid use to protect bees and aquatic organisms from harm.

Attached is the official letter we sent.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

As part of its process for implementing the mandatory GMO disclosure law passed by Congress last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has published 30 questions under consideration for USDA’s proposed GMO labeling rule. Attached you will find EWG’s public submission responding to the 30 questions and calling for the establishment of a strong, consumer-friendly GMO disclosure standard.


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Below is testimony submitted for the record to the Senate Agriculture Committee for the hearing “Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill.” EWG suggests that Congress could better position American farmers and ranchers to meet the growing domestic and global demand for organic foods by making modest changes to conservation programs in the next farm bill. Such changes would better meet the needs of producers who want to transition to organic.


Testimony for the Record

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Below and attached are comments EWG submitted in support of the National Toxicology Program’s evaluation of the cancer hazards of haloacetic acids, water disinfection byproducts found in tap water served to millions of Americans. EWG strongly supports the proposed listing of six individual haloacetic acids in the federal Report on Carcinogens and their classification as “reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens.” The identification of the cancer hazards of these byproducts in drinking water is an essential first step to protecting public health.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

On June 27, 2017, the American Academy for Pediatrics and EWG sent the letter attached and below to Environmental Protection Agency Adminsitrator Scott Pruitt on the agency's recent decision to pull back a scheduled ban on the pesticides chlorpyrifos.


June 27, 2017

Scott Pruitt
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460  

Dear Administrator Pruitt:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Below and attached are comments EWG has submitted to the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors on the NTP’s efforts to investigate the effects of cumulative exposures to mixtures of chemical contaminants that American children and adults face every day.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Below and attached are comments EWG has submitted to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on the agency’s proposed No Significant Risk Limit for human intake of Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate, also called Roundup. EWG applauds California for taking action on glyphosate, and urges state officials to enact an even stricter guideline that will protect children, not just adults, from this toxic herbicide.


June 19, 2017

EWG Urges California to Protect Children from Glyphosate

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Below are comments EWG has submitted in response to the Food and Drug Administration's request for input on updating its guidance on the use of “healthy” claims on packaged foods. Given the advances in nutrition research since 1994, when the FDA first proposed the framework for “healthy” labeling, a science-based revision is urgently needed. 


April 26, 2017

Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305) Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
Rockville, MD 20852

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

On April 11, 2017, American Oversight and EWG filed Freedom of Information Act requests to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture over chlorpyrifos action.

Linked here are those letters to EPA and USDA.

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