News Releases

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Just because your community’s tap water gets a passing grade from the government does not mean it’s safe
Friday, October 18, 2019
In response to new asbestos detections of Johnson & Johnson’s popular baby powder, EWG today urged Congress to act quickly to require warning labels on products made with talc.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
State regulators announced steps on Wednesday to reduce the risks of lead exposure faced by young children in day care facilities across California. In a public hearing, the State Water Resources Board agreed to adopt a goal of reducing lead in centers’ drinking water to no more than 1 part per billion, or ppb. The board’s decision represents the toughest action in the country to date on this issue.
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Friday, October 11, 2019
Last night Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a powerful measure that will help California protect workers from toxic lead poisoning. With his signature, the governor has directed health officials to automatically refer cases of high blood lead levels in workers for review and possible action.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposal for regulating lead in drinking water will leave millions of American children exposed to dangerous levels of the highly potent neurotoxin, which can cause permanent brain damage, warned the Environmental Working Group.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019
In a major move to protect California children, farm workers and their families, the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today it has reached an agreement with the pesticide industry to ban the use of a toxic pesticide shown to cause brain damage at even low levels of exposure.
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Thursday, October 3, 2019
The mining company of President Trump’s favorite coal boss is in danger of financial default – another sign of the death spiral of the dirtiest fossil fuel, despite the president’s hollow promise to revive the industry.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
One of the largest U.S. chemical companies, which for decades knowingly poisoned its own workers and drinking water supplies near its factories with the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, is fighting one state’s efforts to protect the public from these dangerous compounds.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
A new scientific review finds “unequivocal evidence” that firefighters using foams made with the fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have “unacceptably” high levels of two toxic PFAS chemicals in their blood.
Monday, September 30, 2019
An order issued today by a federal judge allows a class action case against 3M, DowDuPont, Chemours and six other companies to proceed when he denied every motion to dismiss the case brought by these chemical corporations responsible for producing toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS.
Monday, September 30, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law bipartisan legislation to protect Californians, especially children, from jewelry tainted with highly toxic heavy metals into law. SB 647 imposes the nation’s strictest limits on the amount of lead and cadmium allowed in jewelry sold in California.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Drinking water sources for 74 community water systems serving 7.5 million Californians are contaminated with the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, according to an Environmental Working Group review of the latest state data.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
A toxic cocktail of chemical pollutants in U.S. drinking water could result in more than 100,000 cancer cases, according to a peer-reviewed study from Environmental Working Group – the first study to conduct a cumulative assessment of cancer risks due to 22 carcinogenic contaminants found in drinking water nationwide.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Governors from 15 states, including many facing mounting contamination of drinking water sources from toxic perfluorinated chemicals, or PFAS, are urging Congressional leaders to include provisions in a must-pass defense spending bill that would require the federal government to monitor and clean up the pollution.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The proposal announced today by Duke Energy, claiming the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utility aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, is far from a serious commitment to embracing renewable sources of electricity and combating the climate crisis, said Environmental Working Group and Citizen Action Coalition of Indiana
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Today the Trump administration will finalize its plan to repeal critical safeguards that prohibit the dumping of industrial and agricultural pollution into sensitive waterways that provide tap water for more than 117 million Americans.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Drinking water supplies at 10 Army installations in Oregon are contaminated with the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, according to newly released Department of Defense data obtained by EWG under the Freedom of Information Act.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Drinking water supplies at an additional 90 current and former Army and Army National Guard installations nationwide are contaminated with the toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, according to newly released Department of Defense data obtained by EWG under the Freedom of Information Act.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a safety alert urging consumers to stop using cosmetics from Beauty Plus, after the agency found the deadly carcinogen asbestos in at least four different talc-based products.
Monday, September 9, 2019
Although previous schemes to bail out the dying nuclear industry fizzled, the Trump administration is at it again. Bloomberg reports that the administration is considering using an obscure Cold War-era law to directly purchase U.S.-mined uranium to restock nuclear power plants.

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