News Releases

Friday, December 6, 2019
The European Union today confirmed it will ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops early next year, citing the risk of brain damage to children – evidence the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignored in scuttling a proposed ban on the chemical.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Manufacturers of the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS may have scored a big win if key provisions to reduce releases and clean up these contaminants from drinking water sources were scrapped from a final defense spending bill before Congress.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
The Trump Environmental Protection Agency violated federal regulations in order to speed up repeal of pollution rules for old, dirty diesel engines in new freight trucks, instructing agency officials to ignore the impacts on children’s health.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
To mark the Environmental Protection Agency’s 50th anniversary, agency chief Andrew Wheeler has announced plans for a year-long celebration, promising “to build on our progress for future generations” – a boast that invites skepticism, given the Trump administration’s continued rollback of environmental protections.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
The Environmental Working Group has hired environmental attorney Jamie Konopacky as EWG’s Midwest director, based in Minneapolis, to strengthen and expand EWG’s work at the state and local level in the region.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Last week, the Navy asked a federal court to delay a lawsuit seeking to require the military to pay for medical monitoring of people who live near naval installations to determine whether they have developed health problems from exposure to fluorinated chemicals, commonly called PFAS.
Friday, November 22, 2019
The EPA announced today it will allow methylene chloride, a dangerous chemical that can kill a person on contact, to remain an ingredient in paint-stripper products for commercial use while banning those products for sale to consumers.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The number of military installations and adjacent communities likely contaminated with toxic fluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, is higher than previously disclosed, a top Defense Department official admitted – but the Pentagon can’t say how badly it undercounted contaminated sites.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency today repealed major safety requirements for chemical, agro-chemical and petroleum plants, which President Obama’s administration put in place to protect workers and people who live near more than 12,000 such facilities across the nation.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Half of the tap water supplies tested by Kentucky environmental officials were contaminated with the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS, the state announced this week.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday released details of a legislative proposal to extend and expand federal tax incentives designed to combat climate change by further boosting investments in renewable energy.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider a package of bills today addressing risks from the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/magazine/the-lawyer-who-became-dupont... , producer and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo joined Environmental Working Group, other public interest groups and advocates on Capitol Hill today in calling on Congress to protect Americans from toxic "forever chemicals" that contaminate drinking water, food, personal care products and more than 1,000 communities nationwide.
Friday, November 15, 2019
The Trump administration announced in a document posted Thursday that it plans to weaken environmental safeguards for atrazine, a weedkilling pesticide linked to birth defects and cancer in humans.
Friday, November 15, 2019
A federal court on Thursday ruled the Trump EPA acted “unlawfully” when the agency refused to consider “legacy” uses of toxic substances like asbestos and lead when reviewing health risks under a revamped chemicals safety law signed by President Obama.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency has broadened the scope of a proposed rule that will dramatically limit the scientific and medical research the agency considers when crafting chemical, air and drinking water standards, according to a report by The New York Times .
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Friday, November 8, 2019
The tragic death of a restaurant worker who was overcome from fumes after two cleaning agents were accidentally mixed together is a cautionary example of the serious risks to people when certain chemical-containing cleaning products are blended together.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
A highly toxic Teflon chemical has been detected in the drinking water sources serving President Trump and other members of the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J., according to a new analysis of water utility tests by the Environmental Working Group and first reported on by Politico.
Monday, November 4, 2019
The Trump administration today officially notified the United Nations that the U.S. will exit the Paris climate agreement, with the withdrawal to be completed by this time next year, according to a statement issued by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Monday, November 4, 2019
On Monday, the Trump Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to roll back regulations on how coal-fired power plants store coal ash waste and dispose of industrial water contaminated with heavy metals, according to The Hill.

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