Testimony & Official Correspondence

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Citing the soaring number of wireless devices in the hands of children,
long-standing flaws in federal cell phone radiation standards and new
science raising questions about cell phone safety, 12 public health and
consumer groups are calling on the government to revamp the standards to
better protect both young people and adults.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Environmental Working Group is urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to strengthen its proposed regulation on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for gas or oil on federal lands. In formal comments submitted this week (Aug. 22), EWG warned federal regulators that the proposed rule has many shortcomings and will not ensure that public mineral resources are developed safely and responsibly.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Testimony of Kenneth A. Cook

Environmental Working Group

Before the
Committee on Environment and Public Works
United States Senate


Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats

July 31, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Testimony of Scott Faber

Senior Vice President for Government Affairs
Environmental Working Group

Before the

Subcommittee on Energy and Power

Of the

House Committee on Energy and Commerce


Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Stakeholder Perspectives

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Heather White testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information,  and Innovation

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Executive Director
Environmental Working Group

Before the



Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Environmental Working Group's legal team has concluded that the Chemical Safety Improvement Act proposed last week (May 21) by Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and David Vitter (R-La.) would provide far weaker protections for public health and the environment than either the ineffective Toxic Substances Control Act, federal law since 1976, or the Safe Chemicals Act, the legislation previously introduced by Sen. Lautenberg.

Would the Chemical Safety Improvement Act protect children and other vulnerable people?

Click here to see the overview Memorandum.

How does the Chemical Safety Improvement Act stack up against the Safe Chemicals Act?

Click here to read the side-by-side comparison.

EWG's section-by-section comparison concludes that the Chemical Safety Improvement Act:  

  • Uses a weaker safety standard;
  • Opens the door to heightened judicial review;
  • Lacks minimum data requirements;
  • Includes broad preemption language that would undermine states' ability to set their own standards;
  • Lacks fee and cost-sharing provisions;
  • Fails to focus on vulnerable populations and biomonitoring data.


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Environmental Working Group this week (May 21, 2013) submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urging it to deny an industry petition to change the official definition of milk and 17 other dairy products. Granting the petition would allow the industry to add controversial artificial sweeteners to dairy products such as flavored milk and yogurt without using a “reduced calorie” or similar label on the front of the package.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

On February 14, 2013, EWG President Ken Cook testified before the Washington State Senate's Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee in support of the state's common-sense ballot initative to label foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. 

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

EWG comments on EPA’s on draft guidance for oil and gas companies that use diesel in fracking fluids. The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires them to obtain an EPA permit before injecting chemicals into the ground during drilling operations.

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