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Feds cave to PG&E over license exemption for aging Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

Ignoring long-standing precedents, statutes and regulations, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission today gave Pacific Gas & Electric the green light to operate California’s last remaining nuclear plant...

Study: Toilet paper a major source of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in wastewater

Researchers found toilet paper to be a sizable source of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS in wastewater, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology...

Landmark bill would protect Californians from harmful additives in food and candy

A first-in-the-nation bill to create a state-level ban on harmful food additives was introduced in California on Thursday by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley).If passed, it would...

Groundbreaking map shows toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in more than 330 wildlife species

Today the Environmental Working Group published an analysis of peer-reviewed data that for the first time shows the global scope of contamination by the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which may be...

Toxic threats linger for Ohio community after train derailment spews harmful chemicals

The Ohio town of East Palestine faces an ongoing danger from hazardous chemical pollution after a train derailment earlier this month, putting air and water quality at risk and raising concerns about...

California gas prices tick up as lawmakers consider penalty on Big Oil’s windfall profits

The average price for a gallon of gas in California is roughly 24 cents more than a month ago, with prices up to almost $5 a gallon, once again some of the highest in the U.S.

Farm subsidies, not anti-hunger programs, should be focus of budget cuts

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released “baseline” projections for mandatory Department of Agriculture farm and food programs in the 2023 Farm Bill, which members of Congress will use to...

California lawmaker introduces bill to eliminate fiberglass from mattresses and other upholstered furniture

Today California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 1059, which would ban the sale of mattresses and upholstered furniture that contain fiberglass in the state.

Big Oil spent tens of millions in 2022 on influence peddling in Sacramento as industry profits – and gas prices – soared

California’s powerful fossil fuel industry spent more than $34 million last year to lobby the legislature and state agencies, according to just-released filings with the secretary of state’s office.

Delays threaten Biden administration’s promise to tackle ‘forever chemicals’

Federal agencies are failing to meet their own major milestones for taking actions to protect communities from the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, roughly a year after the White House promised...

California bill would ban cosmetics with chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm

Today California Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced Assembly Bill 496 to ban the sale of cosmetic products that contain 26 toxic chemicals known to have an effect on human health.

Bitcoin miner ‘greenwashing’: Claims that nuclear-powered crypto operation is clean energy

As cryptocurrencies struggle with soaring electricity prices that squeeze profits, one major bitcoin mining operation will soon be the first in the U.S. to use nuclear power, falsely claiming it’s...

EWG’s updated Farm Subsidy Database reveals $3.1B USDA transparency problem

A new Environmental Working Group analysis of its latest Farm Subsidy Database update shows the Department of Agriculture has become less transparent with disclosing federal farm subsidy payments...

EWG statement on proposed creation of a FDA deputy commissioner for human foods

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf today proposed the creation of a deputy commissioner for human foods.

More rampant gas price gouging: Exxon reaps obscene $56 billion profit for 2022 on backs of hard-working Americans

ExxonMobil posted record windfall profits in 2022 of $56 billion, according to the oil giant’s fourth-quarter earnings report, released Tuesday. Hard-working Americans getting fleeced at the gas pump...

Gas gouging payday: Chevron announces record $35.5 billion profits for 2022

On Friday, California-based Chevron announced it made nearly $36 billion in record profits in 2022, more than double what the oil giant made the previous year.

NRC refuses PG&E request to resume review of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant extension

On Tuesday, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s technical staff refused a request by Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, to resume reviewing a 2009 license renewal application for the aging Diablo...

EWG welcomes new FDA standards for toxic metals in baby foods

The following is a statement of Scott Faber, the Environmental Working Group’s senior vice president of government affairs, on the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement today of new standards...

EWG: ‘Urgency’ lacking from EPA plan to address ‘forever chemicals’ discharges

Today the Environmental Protection Agency released a plan for regulating wastewater pollution, including discharges of the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. But the plan doesn’t reflect the urgent...

Despite record $200 billion profit, Big Oil fights windfall taxes and fair gas price plan

The world’s largest oil companies raked in roughly $200 billion in global profits in 2022 and will likely be flush with similar returns this year, even as they fight talk of a windfall profits tax and...
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