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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

For decades, 3M was a leading producer of the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. As early as the 1950s, 3M’s own studies showed that PFAS chemicals built up in blood, and by the 1960s, 3M’s own animal studies showed the potential for harm. Yet 3M continued to produce PFAS chemicals without notifying its employees of the risks.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

EWG News Roundup (9/6): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Attached is a letter submitted by non-governmental organizations, to support House and Senate Armed Services Committee efforts to include several provisions related to per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the National Defense Authori

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, September 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.

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News Release
Thursday, September 5, 2019

As Hurricane Dorian bears down on North Carolina, the storm’s flood waters threaten once again to spread millions of tons of animal waste from factory farms throughout the state’s eastern coastal plain.

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News Release
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tonight’s town hall is a forum for 10 Democratic presidential candidates to address the climate crisis. The crisis demands substantive treatment, like that given health care and immigration, not softball questions answered with platitudes. But so far, most candidate answers to reporters’ climate questions don’t tell us much about where the candidates actually stand or what they’ll do if they get elected.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

EWG News Roundup (8/30): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Does your family head to the beach for Labor Day? Host friends and family for a barbecue? Whatever your particular tradition, EWG has you covered when it comes to marking the end of summer safely and in good health.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

A record-breaking number of potentially toxic algae blooms have plagued bodies of water across the country this summer. According to our map, which tracks news stories of algae blooms, as of August 27, 354 algae outbreaks have occurred in 41 states. That’s 65 more bloom stories than the 289 that had occurred by this time last year.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A Monsanto executive said he wanted to “beat the shit out of’ a mothers’ group that urged the company to stop selling its Roundup weedkiller, according to internal emails obtained by lawyers for victims who say the pesticide caused their cancer.

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News Release
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

For nearly 70 years, chemical companies like 3M and DuPont have known that the highly fluorinated chemicals called PFAS build up in our blood. They’ve known for almost that long that PFAS chemicals have a toxic effect on our organs.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

As far back as 1950, studies conducted by 3M showed that the family of toxic fluorinated chemicals now known as PFAS could build up in our blood. By the 1960s, animal studies conducted by 3M and DuPont revealed that PFAS chemicals could pose health risks. But the companies kept the studies secret from their employees and the public for decades. Here is a timeline of internal memos, studies and other company documents detailing the two companies’ history of deception.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Monday, August 26, 2019

CVS, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, recently announced it will phase out two common sunscreen ingredients, oxybenzone and octinoxate, from many of its store-brand sun-protection products. CVS cited the changing needs of its customers, concern for marine ecosystems and the desire to stay ahead of state-level chemical bans.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

EWG objects to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed drinking water standard for perchlorate, a contaminant associated with harm to the thyroid.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

EWG News Roundup (8/23): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

A new peer-reviewed study refutes claims by the chemical industry that the next generation of toxic fluorinated compounds, or PFAS, is safer than two notorious PFAS chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases that were pulled off the market in the U.S.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ivanka Trump, Kellyanne Conway and other senior White House aides have vacated their West Wing offices while asbestos is removed – even as the Trump administration is manipulating a federal chemical safety law to keep asbestos legal.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Environmental Working Group objects to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed decision on glyphosate, the most heavily used pesticide in the U.S.

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Testimonies & Official Correspondence
Thursday, August 15, 2019

President Trump toured a Shell chemical plant in Pennsylvania Tuesday, supposedly to promote his economic agenda. According to reports, he went off script quite a bit – but one thing he definitely didn’t talk about was his administration’s record on chemical safety.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

EWG News Roundup (8/9): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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