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EPA Airs Plan to Unveil Secret Chemicals

Washington, D.C. – Spurred by an Environmental Working Group investigation about government and corporate secrecy that cloaks the very identity of many industrial chemicals, the Environmental...

California Moves to Protect Public from Notorious Carcinogen

For years, California officials have been working to set the nation's first-ever safety standard for the carcinogenic metal hexavalent chromium (chromium-6), commonly found in the state's drinking...

One Million Kids a Day Exposed to Unsafe Levels of Toxic Pesticides in Fruit, Vegetables, and Baby Food

Every day, 1 million American children age 5 and under consume unsafe levels of a class of pesticides that can harm the developing brain and nervous system, according to a new analysis of federal data...
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Ethanol’s Federal Subsidy Grab Leaves Little For Solar, Wind And Geothermal Energy

As Congress and the incoming Obama administration plan the nation's next major investments in green energy, they need to take a hard, clear-eyed look at Department of Energy data documenting corn-based ethanol's stranglehold on federal renewable energy tax credits and subsidies. Solar, wind and other renewable energy sources have struggled to gain significant market share with modest federal

Milestone Measure to Advance Food Safety Passes Congress

The nation's food safety system is responsible for 3,000 deaths each year, and 48 million illnesses annually , according to newly released data from the federal Centers for Disease Control. Landmark...
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Shopper's Guide to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs uses 75 percent less energy than its incandescent counterpart, lasts up to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. But all CFL bulbs aren't equal. Some have lower mercury content than others, and some last much longer. Unfortunately, you can't tell the best of the best by their labels - or the U.S. government Energy Star logo. Some Energy Star labelled

Three Top Scientists Honored with Prestigious Heinz Award

Washington, D.C. -- Among this year's recipients of the prestigious Heinz Family Philanthropies Global Change Awards are three preeminent scientists working to advance our understanding of the impacts...
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FDA's Midnight Mischief Heightens Mercury Risk to Pregnant Women, Infants

Fish is loaded with valuable nutrients, including protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce harmful cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots, and selenium, a trace mineral that helps the body prevent cellular damage. But some ocean-dwelling fish also contain high levels of mercury, a powerful neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to the fetus and infants.

Fracking for Natural Gas and Oil May Have Broken the Law

WASHINGTON – August 5, 2010. More than 25 conservation and community organizations from across the United States asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a congressional committee to...

Chemicals Law Overhaul Proposed in House

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional leaders today introduced in the House the first comprehensive overhaul in more than 30 years of a federal law that has been widely condemned for failing to protect...

Chemical Agriculture Group Says, Shut Up and Eat Your Pesticides

WASHINGTON, DC - Rachel Carson ignited the debate over pesticide safety a generation ago. Its latest phase began today (July 15).

Hold the Mayo, Extra Pesticides: Americans are sold on organics

Over the past decade, organic produce sales have soared from 3 percent of the retail produce market in the U.S. in 2000 to nearly 11 percent last year, to $9.5 billion. According to surveys by the...

Infants Ingest Dioxin at 77 Times EPA’s Safe Threshold

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A review of research conducted by independent laboratories and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that one of the most widespread and hazardous contaminants...

EWG Urges Apple to Back Cell Phone Radiation Disclosure at San Francisco Retailers

SAN FRANCISCO, June 3 – Environmental Working Group (EWG), which published the first consumer-friendly guide to the radiation emitted by cellphones >, has requested that Apple lend its support to San...

2010 Shopper's Guide Helps Consumers Reduce Pesticide Exposure

Washington, DC - Environmental Working Group (EWG) delivers the sixth edition of its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides with updated information on 49 fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide load...

EPA to Bar Fluoride-Based Pesticide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today proposed to grant three environmental groups' petition to end the use of sulfuryl fluoride, an insecticide and food fumigant manufactured by Dow...

Not-So-Smart Phones: Some New Favorites Rank High in Radiation

Among the flood of new smart phones, the Motorola Droid, Blackberry Bold, and Google Nexus One rate high marks from tech reviewers for performance and features. But the reviews and ads don't mention...

Will Black Farmers Finally See Justice?

Today (Feb 15th) may be the President's Day holiday, but for the president of the National Black Farmer's Association (NBFA) it's the culmination of a remarkable push to bring justice to thousands of...

Climate Change Far Greater Threat to Farmers Than Climate Legislation

Farm industry leaders and their supporters in Congress are trying to derail climate change legislation by insisting that the House-passed bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), will...

EPA Chief Announces Sweeping Reforms for Toxic Chemicals

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has announced historic plans to overhaul federal toxic chemicals controls, with more rigorous testing and safety...

Historic Conference: The Future of U.S. Chemicals Policy

Organizations representing chemical manufacturers, environmental and public health advocates, environmental justice leaders and consumer product goods companies will host an historic conference to...

It’s Déjà vu all over again with FDA’s review of BPA

This week, Mitchell Cheeseman, the point person for the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) safety review of bisphenol A (BPA), strongly suggested that the agency is not taking the “fresh look” at...

FDA Must Ban BPA in Baby Bottles and Infant Formula

For the first time under the Obama administration's leadership, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled on Monday, August 17th, to update the public on its new scientific review of...

EWG’s ’09 Sunscreen Consumer Guide

In an affirmation of Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) three-year campaign for more effective sunscreens, 70 percent of sunscreens offered for the 2009 beach season contain strong UVA filters...