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Nothing is more important to your health and quality of life than safe drinking water and clean streams and lakes. Across the country, pollution from farms is one of the primary reasons water is no longer clean or safe. Agriculture is the leading source of pollution of rivers and streams surveyed by U.S. government experts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Thankfully, if we make simple changes in the way we farm, we can take a big step toward clean water.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Last week, Melissa Martin and Denise Mintz took their dogs – Abby, Harpo and Lizzy – for a swim in a pond near their home in Wilmington, N.C. Within hours, the dogs grew sick and died, apparent victims of poisoning from toxic algae blooms.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

President Trump toured a Shell chemical plant in Pennsylvania Tuesday, supposedly to promote his economic agenda. According to reports, he went off script quite a bit – but one thing he definitely didn’t talk about was his administration’s record on chemical safety.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Outbreaks of potentially toxic algae are fouling lakes, rivers and other bodies of water across the U.S. Nationally, news reports on algae outbreaks have been on the rise since 2010.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

EWG News Roundup (8/9): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Microcystins are poisonous toxins that can form in blooms of blue-green algae. In recent years, algae blooms – actually microscopic bacteria called cyanobacteria – have erupted in hundreds of lakes nationwide, putting at risk Americans whose drinking water comes from those lakes, or who swim, ski or fish in them. If ingested, microcystins can cause adverse health effects in people and animals, ranging from skin rashes to serious illness and even death.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

In 2011, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., fell “deathly sick” from a severe upper respiratory illness after swimming in a lake infected with toxic algae. Inhofe, a notorious science-denying patron of corporate polluters, laughed it off as “the environment strikes back.”

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Federal and state tests have found dangerous toxins, common in outbreaks of blue-green algae, in hundreds of lakes, rivers and other bodies of water nationwide – yet authorities are doing little to notify and protect Americans, according to a new analysis and map from the Environmental Working Group.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

EWG News Roundup (8/2): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

When it comes to household waste, we all know the mantra: Reduce, reuse, recycle.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

EWG News Roundup (7/26): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Defense Department will establish a new task force to address drinking water contamination from the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS at military facilities and in nearby communities, according to a news release by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

In 2001, attorney Robert Bilott filed a federal class-action suit against DuPont for polluting the drinking water of more than 70,000 people in and around Parkersburg, W.Va., with PFOA, a Teflon chemical known within the company as C8. Bilott also wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency, supplying thousands of documents detailing DuPont’s decades-long coverup of the hazards of PFOA.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

EWG News Roundup (7/19): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

EWG News Roundup (7/12): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

The House passed a major defense spending bill today that includes important amendments requiring the Defense Department and the Environmental Protection Agency to monitor and clean up the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

The House of Representatives today approved an amendment to designate PFAS as “hazardous substances” under CERCLA, the Superfund law.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Retired Marine Corps Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger, who was stationed for many years at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, lost his daughter Janey, in 1985, at the age of nine from leukemia after she was exposed to toxic chemicals while living on base.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

The House of Representatives tonight approved amendments to quickly end the military’s use of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in firefighting foam and food packaging and to expand efforts to monitor for PFAS pollution.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

EWG applauds the House passage of an amendment authored by Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) to limit industrial discharges of fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS into drinking water supplies.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, harm to the reproductive system, and harm to the immune system.

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