Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.

Releases by this organization

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Friday, December 06, 2019
As U.S. Ignores Risks to Kids, E.U. Bans Brain-Damaging Pesticide
The European Union today confirmed it will ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops early next year, citing the risk of brain damage to children – evidence the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignored in scuttling a proposed ban on the chemical. In August, the European Food...
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Tuesday, December 03, 2019
EPA Chief Promises Year of 'Progress' To Mark Agency's 50th Anniversary
To mark the Environmental Protection Agency’s 50th anniversary, agency chief Andrew Wheeler has announced plans for a year-long celebration, promising “to build on our progress for future generations” – a boast that invites skepticism, given the Trump administration’s continued rollback of...
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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Trump EPA Quashes Chemical Safety Rule to Ease ‘Burden’ on Industry
The Environmental Protection Agency today repealed major safety requirements for chemical, agro-chemical and petroleum plants, which President Obama’s administration put in place to protect workers and people who live near more than 12,000 such facilities across the nation. In announcing revisions...
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Trump EPA to Weaken Safeguards of Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer
The Trump administration announced in a document posted Thursday that it plans to weaken environmental safeguards for atrazine, a weedkilling pesticide linked to birth defects and cancer in humans. The change will increase by 50 percent the amount of atrazine allowed in U.S. waterways. Atrazine,...
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Tuesday, November 05, 2019
'Forever Chemicals' in Over 500 N.J. Water Systems and Sources–More Than 1,000 Contamination Sites Nationwide
The toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS have been detected in more than 500 New Jersey drinking water systems and groundwater sources, according to the latest state and federal data compiled and mapped by EWG. The 470 new detections reported as of August by the New Jersey Department of...
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Monday, November 04, 2019
Trump EPA Rolls Back Coal-Fired Power Plant Waste Rule
On Monday, the Trump Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to roll back regulations on how coal-fired power plants store coal ash waste and dispose of industrial water contaminated with heavy metals, according to The Hill . Coal ash is a highly toxic byproduct of burning coal at power...
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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Deal Reached to Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide in California
In a major move to protect California children, farm workers and their families, the administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom announced today it has reached an agreement with the pesticide industry to ban the use of a toxic pesticide shown to cause brain damage at even low levels of exposure. According...
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Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Federal Judge: Class Action Suit Against PFAS Chemical Makers Can Proceed
A federal judge today allowed a class action case against 3M, DowDuPont, Chemours and six other companies to proceed when it denied every motion to dismiss the case brought by these chemical corporations responsible for producing toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS. The lawsuit was initially...
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Monday, September 30, 2019
Federal Judge: Class Action Suit Against PFAS Chemical Makers Can Proceed
A federal judge today allowed a class action case against 3M, DowDuPont, Chemours and six other companies to proceed when it denied every motion to dismiss the case brought by these chemical corporations responsible for producing toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS. The lawsuit was initially...
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Newswire article
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Trump Completes Repeal of Clean Water Rule, Imperiling Drinking Water Sources for 117M People
Today the Trump administration will finalize its plan to repeal critical safeguards that prohibit the dumping of industrial and agricultural pollution into sensitive waterways that provide tap water for more than 117 million Americans. The Washington Post reports that Environmental Protection...
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