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Landmark California law bans ‘forever chemicals’ in products for infants, children

Today, in a major victory for consumers, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation to protect infants and children from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS by banning the compounds in cribs, playpens and many other products. The ban takes effect on July 1, 2023.  Authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale), the law bans the use […]

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Bayer-Monsanto Agrees to $10B Settlement With Victims Poisoned by Roundup Weedkiller

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2020 – In a settlement reached today, Bayer AG agreed to pay $10 billion over claims its signature herbicide Roundup causes cancer in people, according to a report by Reuters. The $10 billion settlement will be apportioned to four leading plaintiffs’ law firms, who will in turn distribute the money to nearly 100,000 […]

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California Bills Would Ban ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Firefighting Foam

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Feb. 21, 2020 – On Tuesday the California Senate introduced two bills to address the growing contamination crisis of toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. One bill would ban the chemicals in firefighting foam – one of the largest sources of PFAS contamination – and the other would expand the state’s program to […]

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New State Data: Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Widespread in California Drinking Water Sources

SAN FRANCISCO September 25, 2019 – Drinking water sources for 74 community water systems serving 7.5 million Californians are contaminated with the highly toxic fluorinated chemicals called PFAS, according to an Environmental Working Group review of the latest state data. Very low doses of PFAS chemicals in drinking water have been linked to an increased risk […]

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October will be Children’s Environmental Health Month in California

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 5, 2019 – California lawmakers proclaimed October 2019 as Children’s Environmental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of cleaner air and water, safer food and healthier products for children. More and more studies link environmental contaminants with serious health problems, confirming that toxic chemicals in the air, water and food are […]

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Toxic Algae Blooms: What You Should Know

June 11, 2019 – Toxic algae blooms are a growing epidemic, polluting lakes and other waterways across the U.S., as a 2018 EWG report revealed. They can occur any time, but they thrive when water is warmer, usually from May through October. Toxic algae blooms occur when bacteria-laden fertilizer and manure from farms run off […]

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EWG: Two-Thirds of Sunscreen Products Offer Inferior Protection or Contain Worrisome Ingredients

WASHINGTON May 22, 2019 – Today EWG released its 13th Annual Guide to Sunscreens, which rates the safety and efficacy of more than 1300 SPF products, including sunscreens, daily moisturizers and lip balms with SPF values. EWG researchers found that two-thirds of sunscreen products still offer inferior sun protection or contain worrisome ingredients, like oxybenzone. In February, the Food […]

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Trump EPA Sides With Bayer/Monsanto Over Science, Claims Cancer-Causing Weedkiller Roundup ‘Safe’

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 – The Environmental Protection Agency said today the active ingredient in Bayer-Monsanto’s carcinogenic weedkiller Roundup is safe, ignoring a growing body of independent research showing a strong connection between glyphosate and cancer in humans. “Today’s decision by Administrator Wheeler, like virtually every one he and the Trump administration make, completely ignores […]

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Bipartisan Bill To Protect Californians From Toxic Jewelry Clears Key Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 26, 2019 – Bipartisan legislation to protect Californians, especially children, from jewelry tainted with highly toxic heavy metals sailed through a key committee Wednesday. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee unanimously passed SB 647, the Safe Jewelry Act, sending the legislation to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration. The Safe Jewelry Act, authored […]

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EPA’s Internal Watchdog Slams Agency for Failing To Fully Disclose Toxic Chemical Releases to Public

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2019 – In an unusual move, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general issued an emergency alert yesterday warning that the agency had failed to provide the public all the available data regarding toxic chemical releases into communities throughout the nation. The “Office of Inspector General (OIG) decided to issue an immediate management […]

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LA County Bans Use of Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller on County Property Over Health Concerns

WASHINGTON,  March 25, 2019  – The same day that a second jury in seven months found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, causes cancer, Los Angeles County banned any further use of the toxic weedkiller by all county departments. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ordered a moratorium on applications […]

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Report: Organic Packaged Foods Only ‘Clean’ Option for Consumers

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2019 – Unlike organic packaged foods, conventional packaged food contains thousands of poorly regulated food chemicals, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group. “Although many consumers choose organic to avoid toxic pesticides, few know that federal rules dramatically limit the use of synthetic substances in organic food,” said EWG […]

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Recent Explosion of Poultry Factory Farms in N.C. Piles Manure from 515.3M Chickens Onto Waste From 9.7M Hogs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2019  – North Carolina, a state known for the devastating environmental and public health impacts of industrial-scale hog production, now has more than twice as many poultry factory farms as swine operations, according to a new investigation from the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance. The groups’ research found that in 2018, […]

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Sources: Trump EPA Won’t Set Drinking Water Limit for PFAS Chemicals

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2019 – The Trump administration will not set legal limits for two toxic chemicals that may contaminate more than 110 million Americans’ drinking water, two sources familiar with the upcoming decision told Politico. In his confirmation hearing last month, Andrew Wheeler, acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told the Senate Environment […]