Exposing the Cosmetics Cover-Up series launched
Cosmetics Investigative Series – EWG launched an 11-week investigative series, Exposing the Cosmetics Cover-Up, to address the dire need for cosmetics safety reform. It cited potentially toxic ingredients in many cosmetics, deceptive claims by some popular anti-aging products and ingredients that should be banned in cosmetics. EWG’s online petition to L’Oreal and Revlon has garnered more than 100,000 signatures.
First shareholder actions for GMO labeling
EWG filed its first-ever shareholder actions against PepsiCo and Coca-Cola asking them not to fund a food industry campaign opposing a Washington state ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food.
Reducing hexavalent chromium pollution in California water
An EWG analysis showed that under California’s proposed standard of 10 parts per billion, 24 million Californians would be exposed to potentially dangerous levels of hexavalent chromium, a suspected carcinogen, in drinking water. EWG submitted extensive research to the state, in conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action and others, and joined with more than 20 California groups urging the state Department of Public Health to tighten the standard.
Walmart bars toxics in consumer products
Mega-retailer Walmart announced it would require suppliers to limit or eliminate some potentially toxic chemicals from products on its shelves. Consumer awareness of toxic exposure risks drove this market change.
More “City Slickers” reaping subsidies
The 2013 version of EWG’s seminal City Slickers report once again showed that the farm subsidy program had sent direct payments to upscale neighborhoods New York, Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco.
FCC pressed for better cell phone radiation rules
EWG submitted a petition with more than 26,000 signatures and an EWG-drafted letter from 12 public and environmental health organizations calling on the Federal Communications Commission to improve cell phone radiation standards.
Guide to safer, more effective bug repellents
EWG’s Guide to Bug Repellents, the first of its kind, evaluated the safest and most effective ways to prevent bug bites and the diseases they transmit. It offered detailed advice for 20 different scenarios for adults, kids and pregnant women.
Curbing corn ethanol production
EWG helped craft bipartisan legislation now before the House to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, reduce the use of corn ethanol and accelerate development of promising second-generation biofuels. EWG’s Scott Faber testified in support of RFS reform before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Mapping industrial ag damage
EWG deployed a new capacity in remote sensing and landscape analysis to document industrial agriculture’s damage to human health and the environment. The first report in this year’s series – Paradise Lost: Conservation Programs Falter as Agricultural Economy Booms – appeared in May. Two more reports – Going, Going, Gone: Millions of Acres of Wetlands and Fragile Soil Go Under the Plow and Washout: Spring Storms Batter Poorly Protected Soil and Streams would be published in July.