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Industry doesn’t have to test chemicals for safety before they go on the market. EWG steps in where government leaves off, giving you the resources to protect yourself and your family.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Drinking water contaminated with nitrate could be responsible for more than 12,500 cases of cancer each year, according to a peer-reviewed study by Environmental Working Group presented today at a conference of leading cancer and environmental health experts.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

EWG News Roundup (6/21): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Toxic PFAS chemicals, notorious for contaminating drinking water supplies across the U.S., are harmful to nearly every human organ, and the immune system is particularly vulnerable. PFAS mixtures, which are used in a variety of consumer products, can be found in the bodies of nearly every American and in the developing fetus.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

One in five U.S. adults gets 81 percent of their calories from so-called ultraprocessed foods, industrially processed foods that are hyperpalatable and highly profitable formulations of ingredients and additives designed to make products “look, smell, feel and taste like food.” 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

On Tuesday, bipartisan legislation to protect Californians, especially children, from jewelry tainted with highly toxic heavy metals sailed through a key committee.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A key Senate committee today approved a bipartisan proposal to expand dramatically government efforts to monitor the scope of the PFAS contamination crisis.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

A bipartisan amendment proposed for the Senate version of an annual defense spending bill would dramatically expand efforts to monitor the scope of the toxic PFAS chemical contamination crisis.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Laboratory tests conducted nearly 20 years ago that have gone largely unreported found high levels of the toxic fluorinated chemical known as PFAS a number of popular supermarket foods.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The House of Representatives will soon consider a must-pass piece of legislation that includes a provision to prohibit the use on military installations of firefighting foam containing the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The two top officials with the Food and Drug Administration today dismissed test results by the agency’s own scientists that found high levels of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in food.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

At least 475 industrial facilities across the nation could be discharging the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS into the air and water, according to an EWG analysis of government data.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

For many families, summer means a whole new routine – different schedules, carpools and activities, and kids spending more time outside. These changes bring a whole new set of considerations about how best to take care of yourself and your family during the summer, in a way that protects their health and the environment. To help, we’ve rounded up EWG’s best advice for parents. Here’s our guide to the best of summer.

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    Monday, June 10, 2019

    EWG has submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency urging the EPA to include a 10-fold Food Quality Protection Act children’s health safety factor for the triclosan human health assessment and to consider all routes of exposure from all potential sources for triclosan in the final assessment for this antimicrobial chemical.

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    Testimonies & Official Correspondence
    Friday, June 7, 2019

    This week, more than 100,000 Americans officially joined EWG and 20 companies calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to significantly restrict the use of Monsanto’s weedkiller glyphosate on oats as a pre-harvest drying agent.

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    Friday, June 7, 2019

    The Food and Drug Administration has once again found talc-based cosmetics marketed to teens contain asbestos.

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    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    Toxic algae blooms are a growing epidemic, polluting lakes and other waterways across the U.S., as a 2018 EWG report revealed. They can occur any time, but they thrive when water is warmer, usually from May through October.   

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    Tuesday, June 4, 2019

    EWG has submitted a petition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requesting that biomonitoring of the American public include tests for common sunscreen ingredients. Research conducted by the Food and Drug Administration found that four common sunscreen ingredients absorbed through the skin in amounts that require additional safety consideration. For this reason, biomonitoring for sunscreen chemicals is essential for protecting public health.

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    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    California lawmakers passed a measure Wednesday to safeguard workers and their families from the toxic effects of lead exposure, following revelations that state officials failed to investigate hundreds of cases of lead-poisoned workers.  

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