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Monday, May 2, 2011

In March, DuPont, the behemoth chemical company whose factories have polluted groundwater in several communities in West Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey, agreed to pay $8.3 million to provide water filters for 4,800 homes in southern New Jersey.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

The Water Research Foundation, an offshoot of the American Water Works Association of water utilities, has accused Environmental Working Group of informing utility customers about the presence of chromium-6, a suspected carcinogen, in their tap water. "Reckless and irresponsible," the foundation claims.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

By Dusty Horwitt, EWG Senior Counsel

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tap water industry representatives made no mention of their chromium-6 2004 study when they testified alongside EWG at a Feb. 2 Senate environment committee hearing on chromium-6 pollution.

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

EWG’s study of chromium-6 contamination in tap water is not the first to attempt to assess chromium-6 pollution across the country. 

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Some water utility representatives have protested Environmental Working Group’s report of laboratory tests that found worrisome levels of chromium-6, a suspected carcinogen, in the drinking water of 31 cities across the country. Yet the tap water industry was worried enough about the contaminant to conduct its own extensive survey in 2004 that found clear evidence of widespread chromium-6 pollution in untreated source water. The survey, conducted by the Awwa Research Foundation (since renamed the Water Research Foundation), an offshoot of the American Water Works Association, obtained data on 341 source water samples from 189 utilities in 41 states. The conclusion: chromium-6 is common in American groundwater.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The boom in natural gas drilling across the United States has spawned well-warranted fears that the fluids and chemicals used to free the gas from surrounding rock could pose a risk to drinking water supplies that tens of millions depend on.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a nationwide plan to require water utilities to test drinking water for 28 contaminants currently unregulated by federal law, including six perfluorinated chemicals, a family of toxic industrial chemicals found widely in consumer products.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Environmental Working Group's Senior Counsel Dusty Horwitt made his fourth appearance today (March 1, 2011) before the New York City Council's Committee on Environmental Protection to highlight the risks posed by the weakly regulated boom in natural gas drilling.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed that public water systems cut back on the amount of fluoride they add to drinking water.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

 

EWG urges California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to set a strict public health goal for hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, a probable carcinogen, and move rapidly to establish an enforceable legal limit for the pollutant in drinking water. 

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

EWG comments on the Department of Health and Human Services proposal to reduce the maximum reccomended concentration of fluoride in drinking water.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Perchlorate, a common ingredient in rocket fuel and a potent thyroid toxin, will be regulated in drinking water, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced yesterday (Feb. 2).

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Testing by four municipal drinking water suppliers has confirmed the results of a study by the Environmental Working Group that detected widespread contamination by chromium-6, a suspected toxic carcinogen.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Environmental Working Group's recent national study that detected widespread drinking water contamination by carcinogenic chromium-6 was the subject of intense discussion this morning at a well-attended and sometimes contentious 2½-hour U.S. Senate hearing.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Perchlorate, a common ingredient in rocket fuel and a potent thyroid toxin, will finally be regulated in drinking water, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced today.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

 

EWG president Ken Cook testifies that ensuring safe, accessible drinking water is a core responsibility of the U.S. government. 

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

You're at the airport. You remembered your refillable water bottle and got it through security by draining its contents in the security line (can't take 'em through full).

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promised to help local water utilities address public concerns over the possible presence of hexavalent chromium (chromium-6) in drinking water, and today it delivered.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

On Jan. 4, President Obama signed into law theReduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. The law will reduce the amount of lead allowed in faucets and plumbing fixtures to a tiny fraction of the old limit - from 8 percent to 0.25 percent.

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