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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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
One Million Americans to Fight Industry Efforts to Kill Clean Energy Agenda
Fed up with the undue influence of the energy companies, utilities, lobbyists and other interests that are making it impossible for Washington to move forward decisively in achieving America’s clean energy future, 36 citizen organizations with more than 1.1 million combined members are joining forces to advance a nine-point “American Clean Energy Agenda” and to push for a serious renewable energy agenda no matter who is the next President or which party controls Congress.
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Serious Flaws Plague NY Drilling Plan
Significant scientific gaps in a New York state regulatory plan would make drilling for shale gas a multi-billion-dollar gamble, according to a joint report by two watchdog organizations .
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
EWG Releases 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
Environmental Working Group has released the eighth edition of its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 45 popular fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its new Dirty Dozen Plus™ list and the cleanest conventional produce with its list of the Clean Fifteen™.
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Friday, June 15, 2012
FCC to Finally Review Cell Phone Standards
After years of neglecting to update its science, and refusing to even consider updating its safety standards, the Federal Communications Commission has made an about-face in announcing a review of its current position on cell phone radiation safety standards. The Environmental Working Group has been calling for this basic step to ensure adequate public health protection since 2009 .
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Thursday, June 07, 2012
Environmental Working Group Praises Crop Insurance Reform Amendments
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., today introduced amendments that would save taxpayers billions of dollars and take important steps toward reforming the heavily subsidized federal crop insurance program. The Coburn-Durbin amendment would reduce premium subsidies by 15 percent for farm businesses with adjusted gross incomes of more than $750,000. It would save about $1.2 billion over 10 years.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Congressional Proposal Designed to Run Out the Clock on Asbestos Victims
Even the asbestos industry has its defenders on Capitol Hill. Their support for the deadly carcinogen and the industries that use it was on display when the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2012” was introduced last month.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Food and Health Luminaries, Public Interest Groups Demand Healthy Food and Farm Bill
Seventy leading chefs, authors, food policy experts, nutritionists, CEOs, and environment and health organizations sent an open letter to Members of Congress today urging lawmakers to reinvest federal farm and crop insurance subsidy dollars into programs that feed the hungry, protect the environment and promote the consumption of local, organic and healthy food.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Government Records Show Crop Insurance Subsidies Are A Boon To Big Farm Interests
A new analysis of over a million government records never before made public and obtained by the Environmental Working Group through the Freedom of Information Act has found that in 2011 more than 10,000 individual farming operations have received federal crop insurance premium subsidies ranging from $100,000 to more than $1 million apiece. Some 26 farming operations received subsidies of $1 million or more last year.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
More Good Sunscreens to Choose From this Summer
Consumers can have confidence in about one quarter of the sunscreen products on store shelves this year, according to Environmental Working Group’s review and ranking of more than 1,800 products . Last year, only 20 percent got EWG’s best ratings, and only 8 percent scored well in 2010.
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Friday, May 11, 2012
FDA Bows to Industry Pressure, Delays Sunscreen Rules
Under pressure from two cosmetic industry groups, the Food and Drug Administration has decided to delay for six months implementation of pending regulations on how sunscreens are labeled and marketed. The regulations, issued in June 2011 after more than 30 years of deliberations, will push back enforcement of the rules until mid-December 2012, allowing misleading sunscreen labels to stay on the market for another summer.
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