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EWG Praises President Obama’s Pick to Head Interior Dept.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) Executive Director Heather White said today that President Obama's choice of Sally Jewell as Secretary of Interior underscores the importance of national parks and...

EPA’s Proposed Biofuels Mandates are Unworkable

The Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal to pump even more corn ethanol into the gasoline supply this year signals the need for a major overhaul of U.S. biofuels policy, said...

Flake and Duncan Propose Smart Reform of Crop Insurance

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) today introduced companion bills in Congress that would provide much-needed reform of the heavily subsidized federal crop insurance program...

Congressmen Target Fracking Loopholes to Stem Pollution

Growing numbers of Americans have had to contend with the harmful environmental impacts of oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing as energy companies have pushed into shale and other...

Bill Promotes Local Food

WASHINGTON – Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today introduced in Congress the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, which seeks to make fresh, healthy food more...

Lawmakers Tackle Toxic Policy Reforms

The effort to protect Americans from chemical dangers took a historic step forward today as Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Environmental Health, introduced...

Conservation Reforms Needed to Protect Environment and Drinking Water

A new analysis by Environmental Working Group underscores the need to reform the nation's primary land restoration program for long-term protection of wetlands, prairies and other lands that protect...

EWG Stands with San Francisco on Cell Phone Radiation Right-to-Know

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to accept a settlement with the cell phone trade association tomorrow (Tuesday, May 7) to bring to an end a long legal battle over the city's...

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Stolen Inventory

The Bush Administration has adopted regulations that will dramatically roll back Americans' right to know about chemical hazards in their neighborhoods, allowing California industries to handle almost 600,000 pounds of toxic chemicals a year without telling the public, according to an investigation of federal data by Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Canada plans strong sunscreen warnings

The Canadian government has proposed sunscreen rules much stronger than those governing U.S. sunscreens. Because numerous companies are major players in both the Canadian and United States markets, if...

EWG President Ken Cook Remembers the Life and Work of Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Environmental Working Group President and co-founder Ken Cook issued the following statement on the passing of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) whose long and distinguished career protecting the...

Income Support Proposal in House Farm Bill is Far More Generous Than Current Law

A new price guarantee program in the House farm bill could cost nearly $20 billion more than the discredited programs it is designed to replace, a new analysis shows.

Foreign Companies Paid Billions to Run U.S. Crop Insurance Program

Twenty insurance companies in Bermuda, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and the U.S. were paid $7.1 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds from 2007 to 2011 to sell American farmers crop insurance...

House Narrowly Defeats Farm Bill Amendment to Strengthen Crop Insurance, Reduce Taxpayer Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today narrowly defeated a meaningful reform amendment to the federal farm bill that would have strengthened the crop insurance program by making...

Members of Congress Received $238K in Farm Subsidies

Environmental Working Group¹s 2013 update of its Farm Subsidy Database shows that 15 members of Congress or their spouses benefitted from a total of $237,921 in taxpayer-funded farm subsidy payments.

Thompson-Fortenberry Bill Would Restore Federal Conservation Compact

A bipartisan measure introduced by Reps. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., would restore the agreement between farmers and taxpayers that has protected soil, water and wetlands...

Chef Tom Colicchio and EWG Launch “Worth Protecting” Campaign

Environmental Working Group (EWG) today launched the Worth Protecting social media and advocacy campaign to underscore the need for federal farm bill reforms that protect public health and the...

Government Records Show Crop Insurance Subsidies Are A Boon To Big Farm Interests

A new analysis of over a million government records never before made public and obtained by the Environmental Working Group through the Freedom of Information Act has found that in 2011 more than 10...

$22 Million in Crop Insurance Subsidies Paid to Deceased Policyholders

A new report by the Government Accountability Office, which shows crop insurance subsidies going to deceased policyholders, underscores the need to reform the federal crop insurance program, the...

Major Fracking Bill Passes Calif. Assembly

Legislation passed today by California legislators would take important steps toward improving oversight of potentially dangerous methods of drilling for oil or natural gas or stimulating production...

EWG Demands Crop Insurance Reform and Stronger Environmental Protections in Farm Bill

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) sent a letter to members of the 2013 Farm Bill conference committee today demanding a farm bill that reforms crop insurance and strengthens environmental...

House Hearing on Chemical Safety Bill Showcases Doubts

A hearing at the House Energy and Commerce environment subcommittee yesterday surfaced deep doubts about a chemical industry-backed bill introduced earlier this year in the Senate to update the nation...

EPA Recognizes Broken Ethanol Mandate Ignores Reality

The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower the amount of corn ethanol blended in gasoline in 2014 acknowledges that the Renewable Fuel Standard program is broken.

New FDA Rule for Antibacterial Soap is Important Step, More Action Needed

Washington, D.C. ­ The Food and Drug Administration's proposal to require manufacturers to prove antibacterial hand soaps are safe and better than plain soap and water is a sign that the agency is...