April 9, 2019

The Public Isn’t Getting Knowledge of Toxic Chemicals

In an unusual move, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general issued an emergency alert today
February 12, 2018

170 Million Americans Drink Radioactive Water

WASHINGTON – Drinking water for more than 170 million Americans in all 50 states contains radioactive elements that may increase the risk of cancer, according to an EWG investigation released today. Radiation in tap water is a serious health threat, especially during pregnancy, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s legal limits for the most widespread radioactive elements are more than 40 years old. But President Trump’s nominee to be the White House environment czar rejects the need for water systems to comply even with those inadequate standards. The most common radioactive element in American tap water is radium. EWG’s analysis of test data from almost […]
February 6, 2018

Can McDonald’s French Fries Help You Grow Hair?

OK guys, before you go racing off to a drive-through near you, read this carefully: Japanese scientists
September 12, 2017

New Rules Enhance Harm From Toxic Chemicals

SAN FRANCISCO – Earthjustice — on behalf of the Environmental Working Group and organizations representing consumers, people from low-income communities of color, Alaska Natives, parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities, workers, and scientists — has brought two suits against the Trump administration for weakening key rules establishing how the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate toxic chemicals found in consumer products, building materials, and work places, as well as in our drinking water and food. Specifically, the lawsuits challenge two EPA regulations that set ground rules for how EPA will prioritize chemicals for safety review and then evaluate the risks of […]
April 19, 2017

EWG Surveys Personal Care Product Companies

  WASHINGTON – The Environmental Working Group is surveying U.S. makers of personal care products to ask
March 14, 2017

Toxic Chemicals Found in Fast Food Wrappers

WASHINGTON – New research based on nationwide tests shows that many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with highly fluorinated chemicals. EWG’s report supplements a new peer-reviewed study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, which shows some of the test samples contained traces of a notorious and now-banned chemical formerly used to make DuPont’s Teflon. Scientists from nonprofit research organizations including EWG, federal and state regulatory agencies, and academic institutions collaborated to collect and test samples of sandwich and pastry wrappers, french fry bags, pizza boxes, and other paper and paperboard products from 27 […]
February 8, 2017

Fragrance Ingredients About To Become Public

WASHINGTON – For decades, federal regulations have let companies use the word “fragrance”
December 13, 2016

Carcinogens Lurking In Consumer Goods

WASHINGTON – Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency named the first 10 chemicals it will evaluate under the new Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first update since 1976 of the nation’s primary toxic substances law. The safety reviews could lead to bans or restrictions on a number of hazardous chemicals in consumer products and workplaces, including asbestos, paint strippers, flame retardants and solvents. The first 10 were selected from the Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan, a list of 90 chemicals chosen based on their hazards and the public’s potential exposure, as well as […]
January 14, 2014

FDA Allows Untested Chemicals in Food

Why do Americans enjoy a lower quality of life and health than people in most other high-income nations? The answer may lie in the foods we eat. In countries like the United Kingdom, average life expectancy is 81 years, and 97% of the people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water. Or in Australia — voted two years in a row by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development as “The Number #1 Happiest Country in the World” – life is better for its citizens. One would think it would be a national priority to make sure […]