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.
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.
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.
Uncovered harmful chemicals in fast food packaging
EWG presented the results of nationwide testing that found many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with harmful highly fluorinated chemicals.
Dispelled EPA administrator’s false environmentalist claims
During his nomination hearing, now-Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt boasted that a bill he helped pass as a lawmaker in Oklahoma helped curb poultry pollution in the state. Using aerial photos from when the bill was passed and today, EWG uncovered the negligible difference Pruitt’s bill made.
Launched the Plate of the Union campaign
EWG and Food Policy Action Education Fund launched the Plate of the Union campaign. The campaign aims to awaken a new audience of American consumers to become activists for policies that make food safer, make healthy food more accessible, and make food production better for our environment through the 2018 Farm Bill.
Reviewed the Black women’s cosmetics market
Using EWG’s Skin Deep® data, we released a-first-of-its-kind review of over a thousand personal care products marketed to Black women. EWG found that despite the growing market, Black women nonetheless have limited choices for products that score low in potentially harmful ingredients.