Industry doesn’t have to test chemicals for safety before they go on the market. EWG steps in where government leaves off, giving you the resources to protect yourself and your family.
Hormone-disrupting chemicals take a staggering toll on U.S. health care costs and reduce American brain power, according to a shocking new study by a team of leading environmental health scientists.Read More
PFOA, a carcinogenic chemical formerly used to make DuPont's Teflon, contaminates drinking water for at least 7 million Americans and is in virtually everyone’s blood.Read More
Environmental Working Group released the following statement today in response to EPA’s decision to fast track review of five persistent bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals, or PBTs. This action is required by the agency after passage earlier this year of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.Read More
Up to 14 million students in 26,000 U.S. schools could be exposed to unsafe levels of a notorious class of chemicals banned almost 40 years ago, according to a recent study by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Share your support of healthier cosmetics using the hashtag #RaiseTheBar. Use it when you want to share about a verified product or to encourage companies to get their products verified.Read More
Schools serving up to 14 million students may be contaminated with unsafe concentrations of PCBs leaching from caulks, sealants, and other aging building materials.Read More
When EWG and other environmental health advocates began raising alarms about toxic flame retardants in foam-cushioned furniture and other products, people couldn’t find out exactly what chemicals were in the things they owned.
A new report for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child contends that protection from toxic pollution should be considered a basic human right.
The cosmetics industry has grown dramatically since 1938, when Congress last enacted cosmetics legislation. While most chemicals in cosmetics pose little or no risk, some chemicals have been linked to serious health problems, including chemicals that disrupt the hormone system.
Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film "Erin Brockovich," which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound – and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way.
Under an Environmental Protection Agency program, from 2013 to 2015, local water utilities took more than 60,000 water samples and found chromium-6 in more than 75 percent of samples. The EPA's tests were spurred by a 2010 EWG investigation that found elevated levels of chromium-6 in the tap water of 31 of 35 cities sampled. EWG's analysis of the EPA data estimates that water supplies serving 218 million Americans have potentially unsafe levels of the chemical.
The Food and Drug Administration announced earlier this month that it will finally ban the use of triclosan, a toxic chemical associated with hormone disruption in people, in antibacterial hand soaps. The FDA determined there wasn’t enough information to prove that triclosan was safe and effective.
EWG Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber said that draft cosmetics legislation released today by Reps. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., will help make regulation of cosmetics and personal care products a Congressional priority.
When you’re trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle, diet and exercise tend to get most of the attention. But there’s another critical step to living healthier: reducing your intake of toxic chemicals.
In a remarkable moment of courtroom candor, an attorney representing the Environmental Protection Agency admitted last week the EPA "blew it" in botched efforts to regulate a hazardous chemical in the drinking water of up to 17 million Americans.
The federal Food and Drug Administration announced today that triclosan, a toxic chemical ingredient associated with hormone disruption in people, will no longer be allowed in antibacterial hand soaps, which EWG noted as a significant success.Read More
The new requirements under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will for the first time require the Environmental Protection Agency to systematically review existing chemicals on the TSCA inventory. This is an unprecedented opportunity to perform robust risk evaluations and promulgate strong regulations to protect all Americans from the most toxic chemicals in our society.