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Friday, June 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group, issued the following statement today on the Senate version of the farm bill: 

The bipartisan farm bill released today by the Senate Agriculture Committee is a sharp contrast to the terrible, partisan farm bill proposed by the House. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced in Congress seeks to preempt state laws that require products to carry labels informing consumers of potential health risks like cancer and developmental harm to children.

The Accurate Labels Act, introduced this week in the House and Senate, is backed by the food industry and other sectors.  If it were to become law, state laws like Proposition 65 in California, which requires labels on products that contain ingredients that could cause cancer and other health problems, would be preempted.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt spent $1,560 in taxpayer money on 12 custom fountain pens emblazoned with his signature and the agency’s seal, according to internal emails obtained by the Sierra Club through a public records request.

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Proposal Would Triple Number of Farm Acres Eligible for USDA Conservation Program

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – The House will vote on its version of the 2018 Farm Bill Friday. The bill would balloon the already bloated federal farm subsidy program to hand subsidy checks to individuals worth millions, even billions of dollars, and distant relations who don’t live or work on the farm.

Here is a statement from EWG’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber:

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today the Environmental Protection Agency signaled it would move forward with a proposed ban of the highly toxic paint stripping chemical methylene chloride, which was initially proposed under President Obama.

“This is some welcome news out of an EPA that, under Administrator Pruitt’s leadership, is usually bending over backward to appease the chemical industry,” said Melanie Benesh, legislative attorney for EWG. “But we will save the applause for EPA until methylene chloride is actually banned, and can no longer put people at risk of serious injury or even death.”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule to implement the mandatory GMO disclosure law passed in 2016. Below is a statement from EWG Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON - The following is a statement from EWG Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Craig Cox on the House farm bill:

Every farm bill is an opportunity to meet some of America’s biggest challenges, such as reducing hunger, promoting healthy diets, supporting family farmers and reducing farm pollution. But the 2018 House Farm Bill largely misses these opportunities. Instead it creates new barriers to anti-hunger assistance, fails to close farm subsidy loopholes and weakens important environmental safeguards.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., urged the Food and Drug Administration to investigate whether cosmetics giant Rodan + Fields used deceptive marketing to downplay the risks of a possibly cancer-causing chemical used in its products.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

EWG urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California's attorney general today to stop Rodan + Fields from making misleading claims about benzophenone, a chemical that has been linked to cancer. 

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