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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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Health, Consumer Groups Call for New Cell Phone Radiation Standards
Citing the soaring number of wireless devices in the hands of children, long-standing flaws in federal cell phone radiation standards and new science raising questions about cell phone safety, 12 public health and consumer groups are calling on the government to revamp the standards to better protect both young people and adults.
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Superbugs Invade America’s Supermarket Meat
The latest round of tests by federal scientists, quietly published in February , has documented startlingly high percentages of supermarket meat containing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a new Environmental Working Group analysis .
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Monday, February 11, 2013
Groups Urge Investigation of EPA Actions in Texas Water Contamination Case
More than 80 organizations from 12 states and a New York state senator today called on the inspector general of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate a decision to drop legal action against a drilling company despite evidence that it had polluted residents’ well water near Fort Worth, Texas. Go here for the letter and full list of signatories: http://static.ewg.org/pdf/2013-EWG-IG-Letter.pdf
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Friday, February 08, 2013
California to Overhaul Fire Retardant Rules
California Governor Jerry Brown today proposed to end the widespread use of highly toxic fire retardant chemicals in foam furniture sold in the state.
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Monday, February 04, 2013
Time to Reform Environmentally Damaging Corn Ethanol Mandate
Environmental Working Group (EWG) joined a diverse group of stakeholders today to call on Congress to reform the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) because of its negative impact on the environment, farmers and taxpayers. The RFS requires refiners to blend 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels (i.e. corn ethanol) into the U.S. fuel supply by 2015. EWG Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber released the following statement:
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Gatorade To Drop Suspect Additive
PepsiCo’s decision to stop using brominated vegetable oil in Gatorade marks an important victory for consumers. The chemical, known as BVO, is used in the U.S. as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored drinks, about 10 percent of the U.S. soft drink market , to keep the flavoring from floating to the top.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013
AP Report Raises Alarming Questions about EPA’s Oversight of Oil and Gas Drillers
A report yesterday by the Associated Press that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew action against a natural gas company despite evidence that its drilling operations had contaminated drinking water in Texas raises alarming questions about the industry’s influence and the agency’s commitment to protecting public health and the environment.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
More Corn Ethanol Means More Harm to Consumers, the Environment
The decision by a federal appeals court not to block the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent corn ethanol (known as E15) is a setback for consumers and the environment, says Environmental Working Group vice president for government affairs Scott Faber.
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Friday, January 04, 2013
EWG Calls For Broader Reform on Chemical Safety
Environmental Working Group called today’s release of draft risk assessments of five chemicals found in paint strippers, fire retardants, degreasers, fragrances and other consumer products a positive step by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but EWG emphasized that the agency’s action “also underscores the need for true chemical policy reform.”
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses Cell Phone Safety Bill
The Environmental Working Group applauds the decision by the influential American Academy of Pediatrics to support pending legislation that would require new research into the safety of cell phone radiation, especially for children, require safety standards that protect children and other vulnerable populations, and impose new labeling requirements for the ubiquitous devices.
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