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, 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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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
California Issues Early Draft of Fracking Regulations
The California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources has released a preliminary draft of regulations that for the first time would require oil and gas drilling companies in the state to report where they are using hydraulic fracturing technology and disclose what chemicals they are using.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Forty Years after the Clean Water Act, The Corn Belt’s Rivers and Streams are Still Murky
Forty years after passage of the federal Clean Water Act, it is clear that farm pollution, which remains exempt from the law, is standing in the way of clean water in Iowa and across the nation, a new Environmental Working Group analysis shows. The law succeeded in cutting pollution from cities and industries, but 80,000 miles of rivers and streams in the U.S. remain badly polluted by chemical fertilizers and manure.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
No Secret Farm Bill in Fiscal Cliff Deal
Environmental Working Group joined several groups today to call on lawmakers to stop a secret farm bill from being attached to any legislation designed to straighten out the nation's finances. Scott Faber, EWG's vice president of government affairs released the following statement: Our groups may not agree on many things. But, we are united in our view that it would be unconscionable for our nation's leaders to bypass the House and attach a $1 trillion farm bill to legislation designed to right the nation's finances.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
NY County Bans BPA-Laced Register Receipts
New York’s Suffolk County will soon ban retailers from issuing register receipts that contain the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A , or BPA. “This action by Suffolk County is another example of strong leadership by state and local elected leaders protecting the public from exposure to this toxic chemical while the federal government vacillates,” said Heather White, Executive Director of Environmental Working Group.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Americans Eat Their Weight in Genetically Engineered Food
Americans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year, a new Environmental Working Group analysis of recent government data shows . EWG calculates that people eat an average of 193 pounds of genetically engineered food over a 12-month period. That’s more than the typical U.S. adult weight of 179 pounds.
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