Successes

Again detected Monsanto's cancer causing weedkiller in children's cereal

June 2019

A toxic weedkiller linked to cancer was detected in every sample of oat-based cereals and snack products in a new round of laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group.

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Calculated 12,500+ cancer cases potentially caused by nitrate water pollution

June 2019

In a groundbreaking study published in the journal Environmental ResearchEWG scientists estimated the number of cancer cases in each state that could be attributed to nitrate contamination of public water systems, largely caused by farm runoff containing fertilizer and manure. They also estimated the costs of treating those cases at up to $1.5 billion a year.  

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Documented Duke Energy's environmental malfeasances

May 2019

Duke Energy is the largest investor-owned electric utility in the U.S. But a report by Environmental Working Group reveals another distinction: Its puny investments in renewable energy, schemes to penalize customers who want to go solar, and environmental record make Duke public energy enemy No. 1.

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Released EWG's 13th Annual Guide to Sunscreens,

May 2019

EWG released its 13th Annual Guide to Sunscreens, which rates the safety and efficacy of more than 1,300 SPF products, including sunscreens, daily moisturizers and lip balms with SPF values. EWG researchers found that two-thirds of sunscreen products still offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients, like oxybenzone.

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California bans brain-damaging pesticide

May 2019

In a major move to protect California children, farm workers and their families, the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today it will ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide shown to cause brain damage at even low levels of exposure.

Mapped the PFAS contamination crisis

May 2019

The latest update of an interactive map by EWG and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, at Northeastern University, documents publicly known pollution from PFAS chemicals nationwide, including public water systems, military bases, military and civilian airports, industrial plants, dumps and firefighter training sites. The map is the most comprehensive resource available to track PFAS pollution in the U.S.

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Investigated factory farms in Ohio that were contributing to yearly algal blooms

April 2019

Unregulated animal factory farms are funneling nutrient-rich pollution into Lake Erie, feeding an enormous toxic algae bloom each summer, according to an investigation by the EWG and the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

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Launched the first set of fragrances to earn the EWG VERIFIED™ mark

April 2019

Michelle Pfeiffer launched Henry Rose, a new collection of five distinct scents that meets the Environmental Working Group’s rigorous criteria for health and transparency. This is the first fine fragrance line to earn the EWG VERIFIED™ mark.

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Assessed combined risk of multiple tap water pollutants

April 2019

EWG scientists developed a novel analytical method for calculating the combined health impacts of carcinogens and other toxic contaminants in 2,737 community water systems in California. The study was published by a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Environmental Health.

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Detailed the agricultural contaminants the plague Iowa’s domestic wells

April 2019

Private wells across Iowa are contaminated with unsafe levels of two agricultural contaminants, according to an investigation by the EWG and the Iowa Environmental Council.

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