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BPA May Put Kids at Greater Risk of Obesity, Study Says

A new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that children and teens with very high levels of the plastics chemical, bisphenol A, or BPA, in their urine are...

New Fuel Economy Rules Move Toward A Clean Energy Future, Save Money

“The Obama administration's new fuel economy rules may not have as much impact for technology as the NASA "Curiosity" Rover on Mars, but they're a close second,” Heather White, Environmental Working...

House Agriculture Committee Moves Farm and Food Policy Backwards

The farm bill passed by the House Agriculture Committee last night is quite simply the worst piece of food and farm legislation in recent memory. With the U.S government in a deep fiscal crisis, the...

Statement of Environmental Working Group on Senate farm bill

The farm bill reflects a rare opportunity to renew our farm and food policies to do more to support family farmers, protect the environment, encourage healthier diets, and support working families...

Brown To Revise Fire Retardant Guidelines

California Governor Jerry Brown took a stand for public health today by directing state agencies to revise outdated and unsupportable flammability standards.

9/11 Fund May Open Up for More Cancer Victims

People diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to toxic debris during the aftermath of the September 11 attacks should qualify for free treatment under the 9/11 victim compensation fund, federal...

Congressional Proposal Aims to Run Out Clock on Asbestos Victims

Even the asbestos industry has its defenders on Capitol Hill. Their support for the deadly carcinogen and the industries that use it was on display when the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency...

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Is Your Bottled Water Worth It?

When you want to know what's in your tap water, look at your local water utility's website. You'll find the source of the water and any chemical pollutants remaining after treatment.

Victory for Central Coast Water Drinkers

After more than three years of deliberation, California's Central Coast Regional Water Quality Board has enacted new comprehensive rules requiring area farm operations to curb nitrate and pesticide...

EPA Dioxin Assessment: Essential Advancement for Human Health

The Environmental Protection Agency today released its safety standard for dioxin toxicity for risks other than cancer, a crucial advance in protecting Americans from exposure to this ubiquitous...

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Higher Ethanol Blends May Harm Health and Engines

In March 2009 corn ethanol producers asked for help from the federal government to expand their industry. Growth Energy, a consortium of ethanol producers, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow 50% more ethanol in gasoline than is currently permitted, requesting approval for E15 fuel (a mixture of gasoline with 15% ethanol) (Growth Energy 2009).

Secret CBO Score Shows Secret New Farm Subsidy Program Is a Budget Buster

Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook and Senior Vice President Craig Cox today demanded that the top agriculture committee leaders make public new cost estimates for a five-year farm bill...

National Academies: Ethanol Worsens Greenhouse Gases

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences has found that corn ethanol production increases greenhouse gas emissions and damages soil, air, water and wildlife habitat. As well it says advanced...

56 Groups Urge Budget Cutters to Protect Agricultural Conservation

A national coalition of 56 policy and advocacy organizations is urging Congress to preserve funding for essential U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs and to take additional steps to...

Burlingame Passes Cell Phone Radiation Bill

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.

Frack Backers Seek to Pack Fed Drilling Hearing

The natural gas industry is pulling out all the stops to build a friendly crowd of drilling and fracking supporters at a federal Energy Department field hearing on fracking scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday...

House Votes to Cut Off Subsidies for Brazilian Cotton Farmers

A majority of the House of Representatives today approved an amendment that would end U.S. taxpayer-funded subsidies for Brazilian cotton farmers in one of a series of votes on an appropriations bill...

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Anniston, Alabama

The story of Anniston is a cautionary tale. Monsanto's internal documents, many of which are being posted here for the first time for the world to finally see, uncover a shocking story of corporate deception and dangerous secrets. As The Washington Post revealed [Monsanto Hid Decades of Pollution" (front page, Jan. 1, 2002) and "In Dirt, Water and Hogs, Town Got Its Fill of PCBs" (Jan. 1, 2002).]

Baby Products BPA Ban Heads to CA Senate

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.

N.Y. Lawmakers Decry DoE’s Unbalanced Fracking Panel

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...

Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Diminished IQ

Arriving at stunningly similar conclusions, a trifecta of studies published today (April 21) have each shown a connection between prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides and diminished IQs in...

EWG: Chair of Dept. of Energy Natural Gas Panel Must Step Down

During a public meeting of the Secretary of Energy's advisory board on natural gas extraction and hydraulic fracturing, the Environmental Working Group called on the panel's chairman to resign because...

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On The Hook: Commercial Fishing Reaps Billions

U.S. taxpayers doled out more than $6.4 billion in subsidies to the commercial fishing industry between 1996 and 2004, possibly accelerating the ongoing collapse of fish stocks worldwide and adding to the devastation of large ocean fish species.

FCC Softened Advisory on Cell Phone Radiation

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show that wireless industry representatives were granted a number of high-level meetings with top Federal Communications Commission...