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Monday, October 1, 2018

In yet another rollback of public health protections, the Trump administration is preparing to gut a rule that has dramatically cut emissions of mercury, a toxic chemical known to harm the nervous systems of children and fetuses.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

EWG News Roundup (9/28): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Environmental Working Group, joined by food and nutrition companies including MegaFood, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Farm, MOM’s Organic Market, Nature’s Path, One Degree Organic Foods, National Co+op Grocers and Happy Family Organics, today petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to sharply limit glyphosate residues allowed on oats and prohibit the pesticide’s use as a pre-harvest drying agent.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Despite a federal court order to ban a pesticide that damages children’s brains, the Trump administration is stubbornly fighting to keep it legal – further evidence that the administration places the interests of the chemical and agribusiness industries above children’s health.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The use of disinfectant cleaners in the home could increase a baby’s risk of becoming overweight or obese later in life, according to a new study. The risk appears to rise depending on how heavily disinfectants are used, but even once-weekly use was linked to an infant’s likelihood of being overweight or obese as a toddler.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Congressional leaders included a provision in legislation that will give commercial airports the option to switch to firefighting foams that do not include the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. 

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three landmark proposals to protect California’s children from exposure to lead.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

EWG News Roundup (9/21): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Residents of communities near industrial-scale hog farms in North Carolina face an increased risk of potentially deadly diseases, Duke University scientists reported in a study released this week.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

This summer, EWG is tracking outbreaks of potentially toxic algae across the U.S. We have been startled to find that these outbreaks are erupting everywhere: from the East Coast to the West Coast, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency has failed to take the required and necessary steps under federal law to protect children from the dangers of asbestos exposure in the nation’s public and private schools, the agency’s internal watchdog said today.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

EWG News Roundup (9/14): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Outbreaks of potentially toxic algae in U.S. lakes, rivers, streams and even the Gulf of Mexico continue to rise sharply this summer, according to EWG’s ongoing tracking of algae outbreaks.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

A groundbreaking new study, the first to test what happens in people immediately after they are exposed to bisphenol A, or BPA, shows that levels at which the federal government states is “safe” and should have no effect, in fact can alter insulin response, a key marker for metabolic diseases like diabetes.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

When Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina in 2016, it flooded more than 140 feces-strewn industrial-scale swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with liquid hog waste and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

EWG News Roundup (9/7): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Experts predict mosquito and tick bites and subsequent infections will continue to rise as warmer climates expand insect habitats and populations.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh grossly misrepresented his record on the environment.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The family of fluorinated compounds known as PFAS chemicals includes more than 4,700 chemicals – some linked to cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and developmental defects, and others whose health effects are unknown. One thing’s for sure: You don’t want them in your body.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

More than 50 city and county ordinances banning the use of the toxic weed killer glyphosate on local playgrounds, parks and school yards could be overturned by a provision championed by House Republicans in their version of the federal farm bill, an EWG analysis found.

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