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Now that President Donald Trump has been sworn in, the focus can now shift fully to his incoming cabinet and first presidential actions.
Here are several of this week’s deep dives into the new president’s picks to run the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture, and what to expect in his first weeks in power.Read More
Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, claims that as Oklahoma attorney general he achieved a “historic agreement” to clean up chicken manure pollution from factory farms in the scenic Illinois River. But in fact, the deal gave poultry polluters another three years to meet the clean water standards they had failed to meet for a decade.
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Interests tied to the big polluters who joined Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's 14 lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency – companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron and Peabody Coal –also gave almost $240,000 to his political campaigns and political action committees supporting him.
As EWG documented this week, Scott Pruitt – President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency – stymied efforts to clean up chicken manure fouling a protected river as Oklahoma’s attorney general. But Pruitt’s war on clean water has not been limited to protecting poultry polluters in his own state.Read More
WASHINGTON – Scott Pruitt, if confirmed by the Senate, would be the most hostile Environmental Protection Agency administrator in the history of the agency, and would almost certainly push policies that would imperil public health and the environment, said EWG co-founder and president Ken Cook, urging the Senate to reject his nomination.
After taking $40,000 in campaign contributions from poultry industry interests, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency – stymied cleanup of a protected river polluted by factory farms’ chicken manure, an EWG investigation found.Read More
With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration only a week from today, questions on what environmental policies he will put in place during his first 100 days in office, as well as who he will pick to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture – the final untapped Cabinet appointment – linger.Read More
In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency launched a major effort to reduce mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants – standards that could avert up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and 130,000 childhood asthma attacks each year. At the behest of the coal industry, a coalition of coal-producing states sued to stop the rules.Read More
In a shift that could help hundreds of thousands of U.S. children, federal health officials are considering whether to lower the threshold for identifying kids with elevated levels of lead exposure.Read More
EWG's scientists and researchers work hard to give us the tools to limit our exposures to harmful chemicals. A great place to start is with personal care products.Read More
EWG’s research on the serious sugar problem in many kids’ cereals, published between 2011 and 2014, received renewed attention this week in the media. Other widely covered EWG projects included our Shopper’s Guide to PesticidesTM, and our consumer advice on how to avoid PFCs – highly toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of older nonstick cooking products.Read More
With this week’s nomination of ExxonMobil and Dow Chemical executives for top Trump administration posts, and the former governor of Texas, Rick Perry, tapped to lead the energy department, it’s becoming clearer by the day that oil and chemical interests will play a major role in Washington over the next four years.Read More
The Environmental Protection Agency has just confirmed what communities near many oil and gas production fields have known for years: fracking – the injection of a chemical slurry into drilling sites to free up underground deposits – can pollute drinking water.Read More
Today the Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth sued the Food and Drug Administration for its failure to protect the public from dangers associated with popular hair straightening treatments.
Golden Globe Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominated actress Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the board of directors at EWG. She brings not only enormous influence, but also a longstanding commitment to environmental health to the group’s governing body.Read More
Exposure to PFCs has been linked to testicular and kidney cancer, thyroid disease, pregnancy-induced hypertension and preeclampsia, ulcerative colitis and high cholesterol.Read More
President-elect Donald Trump’s posture and plans for the nation’s environmental and public health laws took their most ominous turn yet with the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Here are several of this week’s deep-dives into the looming policies we could see under Trump and Pruitt, should the latter be confirmed by the Senate.Read More
This week was another busy one for folks at EWG. We released a report documenting some troubling facts about cosmetics products marketed to Black women. And we weighed in on President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to have an ardent anti-environmentalist and climate change denier oversee public health and environmental protection for the next four years.
Every day, people apply cosmetics and other personal care products to their skin and hair. The average American woman uses 12 personal care products a day, exposing herself to 168 different chemicals. The average man uses six products a day, containing 85 unique chemical ingredients.