Launched EWG’s National Tap Water Database
Years in the making, EWG released its new national Tap Water Database, which contains more than 30 million state water testing records for all 50 states. Now Americans can easily find out exactly what’s in their water and at what levels.
Supported California listing glyphosate as a carcinogen
California officially added glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, as a chemical known to cause cancer under the state’s Proposition 65 law. EWG applauded this measure, but urged the state to further regulate the chemical. In the weeks leading to this decision EWG analyzed the chemical and its legal limit.
Mapped nonstick chemical pollution in the water of 15 million
Along with researchers at Northeastern University, EWG found highly fluorinated toxic chemicals, known as PFCs or PFASs, in the drinking water of 15 million Americans in 27 states. Pollution came from more than four dozen industrial and military sources nationwide.
Found billions of dollars of waste in USDA conservation program
Through analysis and mapping, EWG found that the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve Program was not only failing to provide lasting protection for environmentally sensitive land, but also wasting billions of taxpayer dollars.
Urged N.C. governor to veto factory farm protection bill
Following nearly a month of pressure from environmental activists and property rights groups, N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed legislation that would protect factory farms from being sued for damages by residents affected by rampant pollution.
Fought against regressive N.C. property rights bill
After state lawmakers rushed to pass a pork industry-supported bill that would curb property rights of thousands of North Carolinians living near factory farms, EWG released a map showing which residents’ rights were at risk.
Found harmful Dow chemical in Calif. water
EWG, along with Clean Water Action and Community Water Center, uncovered the cancer-causing chemical TCP in the water of 8 million Californians. TCP was an ingredient in pesticides produced by Dow and Shell that was eventually found ineffective and referred to as “garbage” by a Dow scientist.
Mapped the 117 million Americans protected by the Clean Water Rule
Following President Trump’s announcement that his administration would roll back the Clean Water Rule, EWG analyzed county-level water data that shows over 117 million Americans’ water would be imperiled.
Analyzed cover crops in the Corn Belt
In a first of its kind analysis, EWG used satellite imagery to study the extent of cover crop use in three Corn Belt states. We found that more farmers were applying cover crops to reduce polluted runoff, but not enough farmers were adopting the method to make a tangible difference.