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Most Americans enjoy high quality drinking water, but contamination by agricultural pesticides and disinfection byproducts is a problem for others. Check out your water supply with EWG’s National Drinking Water Database.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday voted to include critical reforms to the regulation of toxic fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2021, which funds the Department of Defense.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In much of America’s farm country, nitrate contamination of drinking water, largely caused by polluted runoff from crop fields, poses a serious health risk – and the problem is getting worse, according to an Environmental Working Group analysis of data from 10 states.

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News Release
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Attached are EWG comments on EPA’s decision to regulate PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS belong to a family with hundreds of different members. They are linked to an array of health risks, including cancer, thyroid disruption, reproductive and developmental harms, reduced effectiveness of vaccines and high cholesterol. But in its efforts to address the widespread PFAS contamination on U.S. military bases, the Pentagon has largely focused on the most notorious of these so-called forever chemicals.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

In defiance of a federal court order, the Trump administration will not adopt any limits on perchlorate, a rocket fuel chemical associated with brain damage in infants and young children.

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News Release
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

At least 2,500 industrial facilities across the nation could be discharging the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS into the air and water, according to an updated EWG analysis of government data. But one state has seen substantial drops in industrial PFAS discharges: Michigan. Now other states are learning from Michigan’s success.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Research by the Environmental Working Group and the PFAS Project at Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, or SSEHRI, has helped to map the crisis of contamination with the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, now recorded at more than 1,400 locations in 49 states. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Removal of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS from drinking water costs local communities millions of dollars, says a new Environmental Working Group study, published today in the European water industry journal Water Solutions. The study documented the severe threat PFAS poses to drinking water safety, emphasizing that preventing ongoing discharges of PFAS is key to protecting public health.

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News Release
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Congress may soon spend billions to upgrade our aging drinking water infrastructure, which would significantly improve the safety of our drinking water and create tens of thousands of jobs. The following EWG reports and maps detail the health threats posed by chemicals and contaminants in our water and the benefits of new investments.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, April 9, 2020

At least 2,500 industrial facilities across the nation could be discharging the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS into the air and water, according to an updated EWG analysis of government data. 

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News and Analysis
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

The toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS are now confirmed or suspected at 678 military installations, according to EWG’s updated analysis of Defense Department records.

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News and Analysis
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Actor and environmental advocate Mark Ruffalo applauded House leaders for proposing to spend $75 billion in the next COVID-19 stimulus bill to upgrade our drinking water infrastructure.

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News Release
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

EWG today applauded House leaders for making drinking water pollution a priority for the next COVID stimulus bill.

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News Release
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Actor and environmental advocate Mark Ruffalo applauded the introduction today of the Providing Financial Assistance to States for Testing and Treatment Act of 2020, or PFAS Testing and Treatment Act, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Colin O’Neil, EWG’s legislative director, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Providing Financial Assistance to States for Testing and Treatment Act of 2020, or PFAS Testing and Treatment Act, by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H).

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

After issuing back-to-back reports highlighting the increasing threat nitrate pollution from agriculture poses to Minnesotans’ sourcing of drinking water from private wells, the Midwest office of the Environmental Working Group today released a letter in support of Minnesota House File 3950. H.F. 3950 requires water testing of private wells for bacteria, nitrate and arsenic before the sale or transfer of real property.

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News Release
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

EWG submitted comments to the state of California in support of OEHHA’s proposed public health goals for haloacetic acid disinfection byproducts in drinking water.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Nitrate contamination of drinking water is getting worse in much of rural Minnesota, an Environmental Working Group analysis of state data found.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing multiple criminal inquiries into corporations that manufacture the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, according to a report by Bloomberg Environment.

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News Release
Friday, February 21, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it will take long overdue next steps toward a drinking water standard for PFOA and PFOS, two of the most toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, is more weak tea from an agency that for decades has ignored the threats posed by these “forever” chemicals.

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