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 21, 2010
Pesticide Industry to Use Tax Dollars to Attack Critics
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $180,000 in federal funds to finance an agribusiness-chemical industry plan to combat its critics – Environmental Working Group and other health, consumer and organic farming advocates who have campaigned against overuse of pesticides on food crops.
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Wednesday, September 01, 2010
California Lawmakers Fail to Ban BPA From Kids’ Food, Drink
In a victory for the chemical industry and a great loss for the health of California’s children, the California State Legislature on Tuesday narrowly failed to pass a bill that would have eliminated the plastics chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, from baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula cans sold in California. The bill had already passed the State Assembly (July 1, 2010) and the Senate (June 2, 2009), but needed to be approved by the Senate again in what should have been a non-controversial procedural vote.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010
EWG’s Ken Cook Testifies on House Proposal to Reform Federal Chemicals Law
Environmental Working Group (EWG) President Ken Cook testified today that reform legislation now before Congress "is essential to fixing our broken toxic chemicals policy."
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
EWG Tests Find High BPA Loads on Receipts
Laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG) have found high levels of the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) on 40 percent of receipts sampled from major U.S. businesses and services, including outlets of McDonald's, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, WalMart, Safeway and the U.S. Postal Service. Receipts from Target, Starbucks, Bank of America ATMs and other important enterprises were BPA-free or contained only trace amounts.
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Friday, July 23, 2010
Chemicals Law Overhaul Proposed in House
Congressional leaders today introduced in the House the first comprehensive overhaul in more than 30 years of a federal law that has been widely condemned for failing to protect Americans against the risks of toxic chemicals. The legislation filed by Reps. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to reform the Ford-era federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) would fundamentally change the process by which chemicals – current and future – are cleared for use.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: New Legislation to Prevent Exposure
For the first time in 70 years, Congress is poised to close the gaping holes in the outdated federal law that allows chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other illnesses in the products we use on our bodies every day.
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Chemical Agriculture Group Says, Shut Up and Eat Your Pesticides
Rachel Carson ignited the debate over pesticide safety a generation ago. Its latest phase began today (July 15). Chemical farming interests have taken aim at Environmental Working Group's (EWG) influential "Shopper's Guide To Pesticides In Produce," a popular consumer tool introduced more than a decade ago that has helped drive expansion of organic produce sales at the expense conventionally grown, pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The Shopping List Agribusiness and Pesticide Companies Don’t Want You to Know About
Rachel Carson ignited the debate over pesticide safety a generation ago. Its next phase will begin this Thursday (July 15). For the first time, chemical farming interests will take aim at Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) influential “Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides In Produce,” a popular consumer tool, introduced more than a decade ago, that has helped drive expansion of organic produce sales at the expense conventionally grown, pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables.
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Monday, July 12, 2010
Petrochemical Identified in Recalled Kellogg’s Cereals
Kellogg's recently recalled close to 30 million boxes of some of its most popular cereal brands after customers complained of getting sick from smelling and eating breakfast mainstays such as Froot Loops and Apple Jacks. Initial press reports did not identify any particular food additive or packaging ingredient as a possible source of the problem. However, EWG has learned from the company that the source of the odor was methylnaphthalene.
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Friday, June 18, 2010
HBO to Premiere Explosive Natural Gas Documentary
Film director Josh Fox grew up in rural Pennsylvania on the Delaware River, which sits above the natural gas-rich Marcellus shale formation deep underground. When he was offered $100,000 to lease his property for natural gas exploration, Fox decided to chronicle drilling’s impact on the American landscape and its people.
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