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EWG News Roundup (4/10): Mapping PFAS Discharges, COVID-19 Hand Care Tips and More
This week, EWG uncovered and mapped over 2,500 industrial facilities across the nation that could be discharging the toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS into the air and water. Using Environmental Protection Agency and New York State data, EWG identified 2,501 unique industrial sites that are known to produce or use PFAS, or that are suspected of using PFAS.
Late last week, President Trump rolled back Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards, which will mean 1 billion or more additional tons of carbon pollution and more expensive gas. EWG wrote an open letter to automakers Toyota, GM and Fiat Chrysler, which are backing Trump’s rollback, pointing out that they broke their 2011 promise to take steps to meet the fuel economy goals in Obama’s rule.
“You are complicit in Trump’s reckless abandonment of the nation’s most significant initiative to combat the climate crisis and the public health impacts of tailpipe emissions,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “Your support of the rollback in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is a shameless betrayal of American taxpayers that shows callous disregard for the future of the planet and the health of your customers.”
During the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds – which has the side effect of dry and chapped skin. EWG provided some tips for folks that have taken their handwashing routines to the next level.
Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.
On top of that, all of their products carry the Environmental Working Group's EWG Verified guarantee that they do not contain potentially harmful ingredients. Reprinted by World News
Briefing: New PFAS Polluters Map with Congressman Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Congressman Chris Pappas (D-N.H.)
The Environmental Working Group reviewed EPA's Chemical Data Reporting rule, along with other databases, and found possible sites releasing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that have not been previously reported.
The Washington, D.C.,-based Environmental Working Group, a non-profit that advocates for clean air and water, on Thursday released an interactive national map of likely polluters. Reprinted by La Revue Gauche
The nonprofit Environmental Working Group released an analysis Thursday identifying 2,501 industrial facilities likely releasing a lightly regulated class of toxic chemicals into the environment in Puerto Rico and every state — including about 100 in California. Reprinted by USA Today affiliates.
The Environmental Working Group released a new analysis on Thursday that identified 2,501 industrial facilities around the country that are likely releasing a lightly regulated class of toxic chemicals into the environment in every state and Puerto Rico.
Nationally, there are 2,500 industrial manufacturing and chemical facilities that could be releasing PFAS into the air and water, according to a new dataset and map released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on Thursday.
For the new analysis, the watchdog Environmental Working Group used government data to find facilities that likely use PFAS and already report other toxic discharges.
He came to the EPA after spending years as a fossil-fuel-industry lobbyist. “Wheeler is the embodiment of the anti-regulatory ‘deep state’ in Washington,” Ken Cook, president of the nonprofit advocacy organization Environmental Working Group, told us in 2018. “He’s playing the long game. And that’s exactly what makes him so dangerous.”
Trump Administration Farm Bailouts
Of the tens of billions of “Market Facilitation Payments” made during the past few years, the top 10% of recipients — the largest, most profitable industrial-scale farms in the country — got half, says the Environmental Working Group.
"When reaching for an antimicrobial cleaning product, it's important to consider that optimal effectiveness of disinfectants — typically a 99.9 percent reduction in particular pathogens—will only be achieved when used according to the label instructions," warns Samara Geller, senior research and database analyst for the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Reprinted by MSN
The Environmental Working Group warns that cleaning product labels often don’t provide consumers enough information about ingredients to allow people to make informed decisions on which ones might harm their health.
“In beauty, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is the closest thing there is to the USDA,” she adds, noting that the EWG has a process that companies go through to get their products certified.
Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database
If you’re unfamiliar with squalene and what it does for your skin, the Environmental Working Group defines it as a compound that is a naturally occurring lipid in both plants and animals.
And that’s not a bad thing—according to the Environmental Working Group, women use 12 personal care products per day on average, exposing themselves to 168 chemical ingredients.
COVID-19 Infrastructure Legislation
Scott Faber, the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) senior vice president for government affairs, told the call that a fifth COVID-19 bill “could provide a historic investment in drinking water infrastructure.”
In related news, the Environmental Working Group recently applauded U.S. House of Representatives leaders for its Moving Forward Framework which makes investments into drinking water pollution a priority.
EPA Rollback of Auto Emissions Standards
The activist organization Environmental Working Group published an open letter today to the CEOs of three automakers that have backed the Trump administration's rollback Obama-era vehicle fuel economy standards. Reprinted by Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition
In 2015, the Environmental Working Group found potassium bromate in eighty-six store-bought baked goods, including some brands of store-bought breakfast sandwiches. Steer clear of these ultra-processed products. Reprinted by MSN
The letter writer cites 160 parts per billion in a 2-cup serving as the “child protective limit” recommended by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which claims several oat cereals had up to nine times that amount.
IR3535: This is an active ingredient that can also be effective against biting flies, (like sand fleas) plus mosquitoes, deer ticks, and body lice. IR3535 is deemed safe by both the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the EPA.
New PFAS Military Map
There are nearly 700 military installations with either confirmed or suspected ground water contamination caused by fire-fighting foam using in vehicle and aircraft mishaps, according to new data released Thursday by the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by 10z US Politics
Nitrate in Minnesota Tap Water
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit group of researchers, compiled 23 years of data which showed evidence of their growing concern that Minnesota drinking water is becoming contaminated with nitrates.
PFAS Tap Water Contamination
Environmental Working Group, a leading national advocate for PFAS regulation, also welcomed New Jersey’s move.
The long-lasting “forever chemicals” also known as PFAS showed up in Indianapolis tap water at a level of 15 parts per trillion, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group, a national research and advocacy organization.
The Environmental Working Group has updated its map of military sites with such confirmed or suspected contamination, including two suspected sites in Southeastern North Carolina.
Fish is a low-fat quality protein and a healthy choice for dinner. But making choices about which fish to eat can get confusing. Here is a chart from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that identifies which fish are best to eat. EWG is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agriculture, toxic chemicals and drinking water pollutants to name a few.
Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
Celery is also on the Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen list of most-contaminated produce when it comes to pesticide residue.
If organic is important to you, the Environmental Working Group has identified the foods that are most contaminated (that you should consider buying organic), as well as the produce that is cleanest and most free of pesticides (that you can buy conventional).
Every spring, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes an updated Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, better known as the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides a Dirty Dozen list, which shows the 12 fruits and vegetables that use the most pesticides and herbicides to grow, such as strawberries, spinach and kale. These are still within ‘safe’ levels regulated by the government, but I’d advise always buying organic if you can to lower your exposure.
This Homemade Vitamin C Powder is made from the peels of organic oranges. Why organic? According to the Environmental Working Group, citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are among the produce with the highest pesticide residue.
EWG Guide to Sunscreens
It also earned a number-one rating by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) in its annual sunscreen guide, so you know it's good.
So, before you purchase another bottle of sunscreen, I recommend looking at the Environmental Working Group’s safe sunscreen database to find an option that protects you from the sun without putting you at risk for other health concerns.
Tap Water Database
The Michigan tannery site was remediated in 2007, but data obtained by non-profit organization the Environmental Working Group shows the area still has unhealthy amounts of chromium-6 in its drinking water. Created in collaboration with The Narwhal.