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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...

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...

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...

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 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.

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.

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.

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...

EWG study: Eating one freshwater fish equals a month of drinking ‘forever chemicals’ water

A new study by Environmental Working Group scientists finds that consumption of just a single serving of freshwater fish per year could be equal to a month of drinking water laced with the “forever...

Updated DOD standards: Critical first step toward firefighting foam made without ‘forever chemicals’

Today the Department of Defense quietly released new requirements for the firefighting foam it uses to put out jet fuel fires. It marks a crucial step toward ending the use of foams containing the...

EWG welcomes cosmetics law reforms in end-of-year spending bill

Congress today passed the first update since 1938 to the federal law regulating personal care products, with key cosmetics reform provisions included in must-pass end-of-year spending legislation...

Groups push agencies to buy only products free from ‘forever chemicals’

A year after President Joe Biden ordered federal agencies to steer their purchasing contracts away from products that contain the “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, a coalition of advocacy groups is...

More than 600,000 service members given ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

More than 600,000 service members at 116 military installations were annually served water with potentially unsafe levels of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to an Environmental...

EWG applauds Congress for tackling ‘forever chemicals’ in National Defense Authorization Act

he Environmental Working Group applauds Congress for including several provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, for fiscal year 2023 to tackle the toxic “forever chemicals” known...

‘Forever chemicals’ polluters could soon face new limits

Thousands of polluters dumping the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS into our waterways could soon face new limits on their releases.

EPA proposal will expand polluter reporting of ‘forever chemical’ discharges

Today the Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed rule removing a loophole that has allowed companies to shirk their obligation to report the toxic forever chemicals known as PFAS under...

House passes bill to protect firefighters from ‘forever chemicals’

The Environmental Working Group applauds the House for passing a bill to help protect firefighters from exposure to the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS widely used in their tools and equipment...

Thousands of sippy cups and bottles recalled due to lead poisoning hazard

On November 23, the baby product company Green Sprouts issued a voluntary recall of more than 10,000 stainless steel bottles and sippy cups because of lead poisoning concerns.
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