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Nothing is more important to your health and quality of life than safe drinking water and clean streams and lakes. Across the country, pollution from farms is one of the primary reasons water is no longer clean or safe. Agriculture is the leading source of pollution of rivers and streams surveyed by U.S. government experts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Thankfully, if we make simple changes in the way we farm, we can take a big step toward clean water.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The toxic chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a national crisis demanding action.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

EWG News Roundup (2/8): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The toxic chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a national crisis demanding national action.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Much of EWG’s work means warning you about potentially harmful chemicals in your water, food or consumer products. So we’re glad to report some good news: Recent tests of San Francisco tap water detected no harmful pesticides in any of the locations sampled.  

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Senate committee with oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency today narrowly approved President Trump’s nominee, Andrew Wheeler, to be the next EPA administrator.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

A former chemical and fossil fuel industry executive who recently oversaw the anti-environmental agenda of the Koch brothers is now in charge of the Trump administration’s plan to address the crisis of PFAS contamination in the nation’s drinking water supply, according to a report today by Politico.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Since 2005, Environmental Working Group’s Tap Water Database has been the authoritative source for consumers, journalists and researchers who want to know about contaminants in the nation’s drinking water.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

News Roundup (2/1): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

EWG submitted comments in support of OEHHA’s proposed framework to measure progress on California’s state law declaring the Human Right to Water for everyone in the state.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 list of accomplishments touts policies that make it easier and cheaper for polluters to pollute, while painting a wildly distorted record of protecting children’s health.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

The Trump administration will not set legal limits for two toxic chemicals that may contaminate more than 110 million Americans’ drinking water, two sources familiar with the upcoming decision told Politico.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

EWG News Roundup (1/25): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

The prolonged partial shutdown of the federal government over President Trump’s insistence for a southern border wall is inflicting enormous public health, environmental and economic damage to millions of Americans, a coalition of more than 280 public interest groups warned in a letter to the president.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

EWG today applauded Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) for establishing a new bipartisan task force in the House of Representatives to address the urgent drinking water contamination crisis caused by the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. 

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Attached are EWG’s comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on its draft toxicological assessments of GenX, the PFOA replacement chemicals, and PFBS. EWG commends the agency and the IRIS program but urges the EPA to establish health-protect

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Friday, January 18, 2019

EWG News Roundup (1/18): Here’s some news you can use going into the weekend.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Andrew Wheeler, acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he doesn’t consider climate change “the greatest crisis” facing the nation but rather “a huge issue that has to be addressed globally.”

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Andrew Wheeler faces a Senate panel confirmation hearing Wednesday for head of the Environmental Protection Agency, after a six-month tenure as acting administrator that was marked by the rollback of environmental and public health protections.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Under President Trump and Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency has cut back criminal action against polluters to the lowest levels since the Reagan administration, according to an analysis of federal data.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) introduced legislation Monday to classify the fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS as hazardous substances under the Superfund toxics law, which would be an important step toward cleaning up the widespread contamination by these compounds across the nation.

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