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Closing the “Halliburton Loophole” in the Safe Drinking Water Act

Hydraulic fracturing, the process pioneered by Halliburton in which water and toxic chemicals are injected into the ground to force out oil and natural gas may finally lose its exemption from basic...

Coca-Cola and Del Monte Caught in Plot to Deceive Moms and Minorities Over Dangers of BPA

Environmental Working Group (EWG) called on its growing list of supporters to demand both Coca-Cola and Del Monte stop the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in the food and beverage containers of each company...

Free Pass for Oil and Gas: Environmental Protections Rolled Back as Western Drilling Surges

Oil and natural gas companies have drilled almost 120,000 wells in the West since 2000, mostly for natural gas, and nearly 270,000 since 1980, according to industry records analyzed by Environmental...

For Senator Conrad, Millionaire Subsidy Recipients Trump the Environment

Senate Budget committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) announced yesterday he would reject President Obama's plan to cut billions in crop subsidy payments that flow mostly to large profitable farm...

EWG: Nadler Mass Transit Amendment Right on the Money

New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler's amendment to the House version of the stimulus package would boost federal investment in much-needed mass transit to $12 billion and make a major contribution to...

Lighten Up In 2009

An EWG investigation called “Lighten Up in ‘09” has identified seven compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb lines that trump the rest, with much lower levels of the toxic chemical mercury and lifespans...

EPA Guts Safety Standards for Pesticide at Request of Manufacturer

At the request of a single manufacturer - Edwards-Councilor Co., Inc. of Virginia Beach, VA - the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has weakened federal safety standards for a toxic chemical that...

Chemical Industry Wrote FDA’s Glowing Assessment of BPA

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that internal documents from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) show that an agency task force assessment of the toxic plastics chemical bisphenol-A...

Bottled Water Lobby’s Misinformation Campaign

Yesterday, the lobby group for the bottled water industry used untruths, misleading statements and claims that were outright wrong in its attempt to dispel a study by Environmental Working Group (EWG)...

PRESS Release -- Chemical additives in bottled water plastics

An Environmental Working Group investigation found that the recycling code 1 PET plastics contain numerous chemical additives, numerous manufacturing impurities and degradation byproducts, with 90...

Conflict of Interest Cloud Hangs Over FDA

With yet another conflict of interest swirling around the Bush administration's assessment of potential health risks from exposure to the toxic plastic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), Environmental...
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The Unintended Environmental Impacts of the Renewable Fuels Standard

The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 mandates a dramatic increase in the use of biofuels in transportation. The RFS mandates significant increases in biofuels – corn, advanced, cellulosic and biodiesel. A “conventional biofuel” is ethanol derived from corn. “Advanced biofuels” are renewable fuels derived from feedstocks other than corn and that

FDA Insists Toxic Sex Hormone and Plastics Chemical BPA, Good for Babies

At an open meeting today, officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came under increased fire for the agency's position that bisphenol A (BPA) - the artificial sex hormone and plastics...

Young Children in U.S. Among World’s Most Polluted With Fire Retardants

In the first nationwide investigation of chemical fire retardants in parents and their children, Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that toddlers and pre-schoolers typically had 3 times more of...

Shady Industry Campaign Kills Calif. Ban on BPA in Baby Bottles

Bowing to a deceptive, no-holds-barred campaign by the chemical industry, the California State Assembly has failed to approve a bill that would have made the state the first in the nation to remove...
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Pesticide in Soap, Toothpaste and Breast Milk - Is It Kid-Safe?

With no assessment of health risks to infants, federal regulators have approved a hormone-disrupting pesticide, triclosan, for use in 140 different types of consumer products including liquid hand soap, toothpaste, undergarments and children's toys. This exposure has been allowed despite the fact that the chemical ends up in mothers' breast milk and poses potential toxicity to fetal and childhood

Feds’ Roan Plan Means Drilling & Toxic Chemicals in Sportsman's Paradise

As Colorado holds hearings on how to protect the state and its residents from the environmental impacts of oil and gas drilling, the Bush Administration announced it will open up the entire top of the...

Mining Surge Near Colorado River Threatens Drinking Water For 25 Million

Mining claims near the Colorado River have doubled in the last five years, raising fears that the West's most important waterway – a source of drinking water to 25 million people – could become...

EWG To Congress: Overhaul Nation’s Lax Chemical Laws

In a welcome first step toward fundamental reforms to the way toxic chemicals are reviewed and then used in consumer products, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held its first...

Federal Health Agency Reverses Course, Increases Concern Over Toxic Infant Formula Contaminant

In a dramatic development, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) raised concerns that the toxic plastics chemical known as Bisphenol A (BPA) may be linked to a number of serious reproductive and...
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Biofuels and Bad Weather

When the Bush administration and Congress required gasoline refiners to blend in 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol by 2015, they made the impossibly rosy assumption that American farmers would always enjoy good weather. But as every farmer knows, years with perfect growing conditions are uncommon and getting more rare.

Congress Threatens FDA With Subpoenas on Approval of Baby Formula Contaminant

Late yesterday the two top investigators from the House Committee with oversight of FDA threatened subpoenas if information detailing FDA's decision allowing the toxic chemical BPA in infant formula...
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Colorado's Chemical Injection

Oil and gas companies in Colorado are injecting wells with millions of gallons of unknown fluids that contain dozens of dangerous chemicals linked to respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, immune, and other disorders, including cancer.

Senate Set to Debate the Farm Bill, EWG Presses for Reforms

After weeks of haggling, the Senate is set to deliberate on the 2007 Farm Bill. The Environmental Working Group, along with a diverse coalition of groups, is advocating for reform of wasteful...