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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Thursday, May 06, 2010
President’s Cancer Panel Warns Public About Chemicals
In a landmark report issued today , the President's Cancer Panel asserts that public health officials have "grossly underestimated" the likelihood that environmental contaminants trigger a large proportion of the cancers diagnosed in 1.5 million Americans annually.
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
FDA Must Curb BPA
While other federal public health and environmental agencies have targeted the plastics ingredient bisphenol A (BPA) as a chemical of concern to human health, the Food and Drug Administration has remained silent. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook asked why. Cook wrote:
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Off the Books: Industry’s Secret Chemicals
Americans are denied crucial information about more than 65 percent of new chemicals approved by the U.S. government since the mid 1970's, including the substances' makeup and what health and safety hazards they might pose. Why? Under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the chemical industry has been allowed to stamp a "trade secret" claim on the identity of two-thirds of all chemicals introduced to the market in the last 27 years, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of data obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Gulf Dead Zone Cause and Cure Known, Action Still Required
A representative from the Washington, D.C. based Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been asked to present remarks to the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force Public Meeting held today in Des Moines, IA. In his remarks, EWG Midwest Vice-President Craig Cox provided a clear-eyed and no-nonsense assessment of the state of pollution flowing into the Mississippi River Basin and how it contributes to the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone.
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Friday, August 07, 2009
Most Bottled Water Brands Don’t Disclose Information About Source, Purity and Contaminants
An Environmental Working Group (EWG) investigation of almost 200 popular bottled water brands found less than 2 percent disclose the water’s source, how the water has been purified and what chemical pollutants each bottle of water may contain. Just 2 of the 188 individual brands EWG analyzed disclosed those three basic facts about their water. Full report found here: http://www.ewg.org/health/report/bottledwater-scorecard
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Thursday, July 02, 2009
EWG's '09 Sunscreen Consumer Guide
In an affirmation of Environmental Working Group's (EWG) three-year campaign for more effective sunscreens, 70 percent of sunscreens offered for the 2009 beach season contain strong UVA filters, compared to just 29 percent last year. Top brands reformulated to better protect against UVA radiation include Solbar, Zia Natural Skincare, Nivea, L'Oreal, and Hawaiian Tropic. This is a move in the right direction, but each of these still rates relatively low compared to the top-ranked brands.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
EWG Calls on Coca-Cola to Protect Customers From BPA
Environmental Working Group (EWG) today called on The Coca-Cola Company's chairman and chief executive officer Muhtar Kent to take immediate steps to reduce children's exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical used in beverage bottles and beverage can linings.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Mercury in Fish Predicted To Soar
A landmark study by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) <http://www.eenews.net/public/ 25/10743/features/documents/ 2009/05/01/document_gw_03.pdf> and universities in the U.S.
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Friday, May 01, 2009
Pollution Found in Five Extraordinary Women Leaders
An unprecedented two-year study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), funded by Rachel’s Network <http://www.ewg.org/report/ Pollution-in-5-Extraordinary- Women> and conducted by four independent research laboratories in the United States, Canada and The Netherlands has documented up to 48 toxic chemicals in the blood of five prominent minority women leaders in the environmental justice movement from Texas, Louisiana, California and Wisconsin.
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Thursday, April 02, 2009
CDC: Rocket Fuel Chemical in Most Powdered Infant Formula
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that 15 brands of powdered infant formula are contaminated with perchlorate, a rocket fuel component detected in drinking water in 28 states and territories. The two most contaminated brands, made from cow's milk, accounted for 87 percent of the U.S. powdered formula market in 2000, the scientists said.
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