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EWG News Roundup (8/23): Big Energy Bends the Truth About Solar, Trump Team Hypocrites on Asbestos and More
Duke Energy, the utility giant that supplies electricity to 7.7 million Americans, pushed the outlandish claim that solar energy will drive an increase in air pollution in North Carolina. Duke claims the spike in nitrogen oxide pollution occurs when gas plants are forced to stop and start, temporarily disabling emission controls, in order to accommodate a surge in solar energy to the power grid during the day.
“I hope everyone who reads Duke’s claims will try to picture a herd of highly paid executives clustered around a conference table fretting themselves sick about the pollution being caused by solar panels and windmills,” said Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group.
This week, EWG also broke down the “clean” claims made by three major beauty subscription boxes – Ipsy’s Glam Bag, Birchbox’s Ingredient Conscious Box and Birchbox’s Easy-Effort Box.
A new study published in the Chemical Engineering Journal dispelled chemical industry claims that the new generation of toxic fluorinated compounds, or PFAS, are safer than two banned PFAS chemicals linked to cancer.
“This study shows that the chemical industry’s claim that the next generation of PFAS are far safer than the group of older, long-chain fluorinated chemicals cannot pass the scrutiny of actual scientific, peer-reviewed data,” said Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG’s vice president for science investigations.
And finally, Bloomberg reported this week that a number of President Trump’s key advisors have temporarily relocated offices at the White House while asbestos is being removed, even as the Trump administration is manipulating a federal chemical safety law to keep legal the notorious carcinogen that kills tens of thousands of Americans each year.
Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.
“I hope everyone who reads Duke’s claims will try to picture a herd of highly paid executives clustered around a conference table fretting themselves sick about the pollution being caused by solar panels and windmills,” says Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group
“EPA chief Andrew Wheeler can attempt to spin this report all he wants, but any effort to call it a ‘win’ for public health is putting lipstick on a pig,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group.
In 1999, the Environmental Working Group published a brief summary of the deplorable and largely unethical political connections of former senior EPA officials with pesticide companies and polluters.
The Environmental Working Group Action Fund’s analysis of federal mortality data estimates that asbestos-triggered diseases kill an estimated 15,000 Americans a year.
City Slickers Report on Farm Bailouts
Again, look at how the farm bailout was handled. An analysis by the Environmental Working Group, an agriculture policy center, found that 54 percent of the first $8.4 billion spent by the Trump administration’s tariff relief program flowed to just 10 percent of farmers receiving aid.
Trade war bailout money intended to support farmers and ranchers is flowing into the hands of more than 9,000 city-dwellers, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
More than 9,000 people living in the largest U.S. cities received thousands of dollars in Trump tariff payments intended to mitigate the impact of the trade war on U.S. agriculture, said the Environmental Working Group on Thursday.
Still, data collected by the Environmental Working Group using a Freedom of Information Act inquiry finds the agricultural subsidies Trump is using to compensate farmers for their trade war losses overwhelmingly funnels money to counties that went for the president in 2016.
According to a recent analysis of USDA data by the Environmental Working Group, more than half of the farmer aid payments have been doled out to the top one-tenth of recipients.
Dog Deaths Linked to Harmful Algae Blooms
The Environmental Working Group said they’ve recorded fatal dog cyanobacteria poisoning cases in North Carolina, Texas, Vermont, and Minnesota so far this year.
Algae Blooms and Microcystins
Researchers at the Environmental Working Group, an activist nonprofit group, have just released a report identifying 10 water sites – in addition to at least eight spots identified by state and county agencies –that have had trouble with a harmful toxins often cased by algae blooms over the past decade.
The Environmental Working Group tracks how widespread the microcystin outbreaks are in a recent report.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) created an interactive map showing the location of algae blooms reported from 2010 to the present, and they’ve increased alarmingly. Reprinted by Healthglu; The Breaking News
In 2008, the Environmental Working Group conducted an analysis of 10 major bottled water brands and found at least 38 different pollutants, including disinfection byproducts that are linked to cancer and reproductive problems, a cancer-causing chemical known as bromodichloromethane, heavy metals, fertilizer residue, and pharmaceuticals like Tylenol. Reprinted by The CW; NBC 2 (Fort Myers FL); NBC 29 (Charlottesville VA); 10 KTEN (TX, OK); KAKE ABC (Wichita KS); 2 other media outlets
Bug Repellents Guide
But it's a small price to pay when you think about the fact that it doesn't contain any DEET or synthetic fragrances and only uses ingredients that are approved by the EWG (Environment Working Group).
Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit advocacy group with practical guidelines for everyday living.
California’s Safer Consumer Products
NRDC, Clean Water Action, and Environmental Working Group have been working closely with Senator Allen’s office to advance that legislation.
Cell Phone Radiation
California has been distrustful of these limits and cell phones' safety, as have expert groups like the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Reprinted by Express Digest; Celebrity Best News; Angle News;Health Medicine Network; Brinkwire
Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database
Henderson spent years working in public health before she came across a very alarming Environmental Working Group report.
For example, one of our products was banned from a particular retailer due to inclusion of acrylate, which is EWG category 1, and their reasoning was based on a 1950 study in Canada.
The EWG published its first Skin Deep cosmetics database – this contains more than 73,000 products and ingredients, giving them a rating for their potential hazards based on a complicated set of data and methodology.
But not all detergents are created equal, either. Some have ingredients with a lower hazard rating on the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database than others.”
First, Herbal Essences sulfate-free shampoos are the first mass shampoos to be granted the “EWG Verified” seal—a sign that they don’t contain any ingredients that the Environmental Working Group considers concerning.
What is EWG Verified you ask? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability.
The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit activist group, recently petitioned the CDC to include the chemical in its National Biomonitoring Program.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 21 General Mills products, including various flavors of Cheerios cereal and Nature Valley granola bars, and found that they all contained trace amounts of glyphosate residue.
The average level of glyphosate in cereal samples was 360 parts per billion (ppb), which FOE noted is more than twice the level set by Environmental Working Group (EWG) scientists for lifetime cancer risk in children. Reprinted by Healthglu; Health Nut News
Lead in Schools
Susan Little, Environmental Working Group’s senior advocate for government affairs in California, said, “One-fifth of all K-12 schools have found at least one faucet on their campus that delivers a dose of lead to the children who use them.
Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change + Health
“At a time when consumers are asking more and more questions about the use of genetic engineering, [the new rules] will further undermine the technology by sowing greater confusion among Americans who simply want the right to know if their food is genetically modified — the same right held by consumers in 64 other countries,” said Scott Faber, senior vice-president of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group, a US-based NGO.
Pets and Pollution
A study by the Environmental Working Group in 2008 found that most of the American Pets are polluted by all the synthetic chemicals that your dogs are exposed.
PFAS in Cosmetics
That research relied on data from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which examined 75,000 cosmetics and personal-care products, nearly 200 of which contained PFAS. Reprinted by Markets Insider; Stamford Advocate (CT); News Times (Danbury CT); The Hour (Norwalk CT); 6 other media outlets
PFAS in Takeout Bowls
2019 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
Plus, you can now check the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list1 which, along with the Clean Fifteen, informs you of the most and least pesticide-laden produce. Reprinted by Healthglu
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) updates its list of which fruits and vegetables are DIRTY (should only be bought organic) or CLEAN (OK to buy conventionally grown). Keep it in mind next time you hit the produce section.
With avocados ranking No. 1 on the Environmental Working Group’s Clean Fifteen list of produce items, you might think sales of the organic version of the fruit would be minimal, at least judging from a pesticide residue standpoint. Reprinted by Produce Market Guide
It is also important to select organically grown fruit if possible, as peaches tend to be laden with pesticides and are No. 7 on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list.
EWG's Guide to Sunscreen
Confused about what’s safe and what’s not when it comes to sunscreen? The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer-safety watchdog organization, provides some clear answers in its annual online buying guide.
It also has top rating by the EWG, and is certified animal-friendly by Leaping Bunny.
“Small particles of the spray can get deep into the lungs and cause irreversible damage,” says Nneka Leiba, the vice president of healthy living science at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that assesses the health effects of chemical exposure from day-to-day products. Reprinted by Follow News
Also look for the QAI, BDIH and EWG signs, that certify that only organic components were used in production and the sunscreen is safe for use.
Tap Water Database
Based on the findings of the study, the respected Environmental Working Group — a non-profit research organization environmental watchdog — lobbied to have fluoride in tap water be added to the U.S. government’s classified list of substances known or anticipated to cause cancer.
Nitrate in Drinking Water
The Environmental Working Group released a study that links nitrate consumption through water to an increased risk for cancer.
PFAS in Drinking Water
A tally by the clean water advocates at the Environmental Working Group shows 712 locations in 49 states have been discovered to be contaminated -- including public water systems, military bases and airports. Reprinted by ABC 7 (Fort Myers FL); Erie News Now (PA); Fox 40 (Vestal NY); 21 other media outlets
PFAS contamination sites are everywhere, 712 locations in 49 states have been discovered, according to the Environmental Working Group, an activist nonprofit.
Other groups that have worked with the local residents on programs or appearances include the Environmental Working Group, Earth Justice, the Center for Environmental Health and the Toxics Action Center.
At least 712 sites in 49 states have been contaminated with PFAS, Dingell said, citing Environmental Working Group data.
With at least 192 sites contaminated, Michigan has the most known PFAS sites in the United States, Dingell’s office noted, referencing data from the Environmental Working Group.
About 610 locations in 43 states are contaminated with the chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit. Reprinted by Market Screener; Brainerd Dispatch (MN); West Central Tribune (Willmar MN); Post Bulletin (Rochester MN); Forum News Service; Duluth News Tribune (MN); River Towns
Because of its more widespread use in the past, it contaminates more than 700 sites across the country and is present in the drinking water of 14 million Americans, the bipartisan nonprofit group Environmental Working Group estimated last year.
You can find a comprehensive list of products that contain triclosan on the website of the Environmental Working Group.