Testimony & Official Correspondence

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

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Statement of EWG Action Fund President Ken Cook
Bush Administration Policy on Mercury
National Press Club News Conference with MoveOn

What is it with the Bush Administration and heavy metals?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

EWG's Timeline of the scientific understanding about mercury toxicity from the 1950s to 2004.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

EWG sent this letter to the NAS Committee co-chair after the group approved the highly controversial procedure of using humans in laboratory tests for pesticides and other chemicals.

February 23, 2004

Michael R. Taylor — Committee Co-chair
Senior Fellow and Director
Risk, Resource, and Environmental Management Division
Resources for the Future
1616 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

December 22, 2003

Dr. David Acheson
Chief Medical Officer
Office of Science
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
Mail Code: HFS-006
Room: RM2B003
College Park, MD 20740
Documents Management Branch
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Department of Health and Human Services, Room 1-23
12420 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20857

Dr. Acheson:

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Thursday, December 11, 2003

EWG demonstrates that women complying with FDA's dietary guidelines for fish consumption during pregnancy will ingest unsafe amounts of mercury when they select fish with elevated mercury levels, like albacore tuna.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

EWG will use a newly enacted law (the Data Quality Act (DQA) of 2001) to mount a novel legal challenge to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) highly controversial pending "advice" to consumers about how much tuna and other fish they can safely eat without risking their health, and in particular the health of fetuses, infants and young children, from mercury exposure.

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Friday, September 28, 2007

EWG's analysis of mercury data obtained from FDA under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that mercury contamination of fish is more serious than federal scientists previously assumed. 

Thursday, November 8, 2007

December 3-5, 2003

Jane Houlihan
Vice President for Research
Environmental Working Group
Washington DC

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Friday, February 6, 2009

July 17, 2003 | A chemical associated with dozens of popular consumer products has proven to be surprisingly toxic and pervasive. In response, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting the most extensive scientific review in the Agency's history to find out how this chemical has contaminated the blood of over 90% of Americans.

This chemical belongs to the family of "perfluorochemicals" (PFCs), many of which never break down in the environment. They are used in brand name consumer products such as Stainmaster, Scotchgard, Gore-Tex and Teflon.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Beyond DuPont’s Game Face On Federal Teflon Chemical Inquiry Lie Aggressive and Illegal Efforts To Control Damage

A routine-seeming government meeting this Friday marks the public debut of what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says is one of the most sweeping regulatory inquiries it has ever mounted on an industrial chemical. The chemical happens to be the key manufacturing aid for what is unquestionably DuPont’s marquee product brand, Teflon.