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Testimony & Official Correspondence

Friday, March 7, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a voluntary "repellency awareness graphic” that would be displayed on bug repellents. It represents a small step forward but falls short of providing the full measure of information that consumers need to make informed decisions about products that provide the greatest benefit while minimizing the risks of exposure to toxic chemicals. After more than a year of research on bug repellents, EWG concluded that the lack of consistent efficacy testing and labeling of skin-applied repellents unnecessarily put consumers at risk from diseases borne by mosquitoes and ticks. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,650 American were infected with West Nile virus in 2012 and 286 of them died. Confirmed and probable cases of Lyme disease rose to more than 30,000 in 2012, but the CDC has estimated that the true number of newly-diagnosed cases is probably 10 times greater. Currently, there is no convenient way for consumers to compare the general efficacy of different repellents. The efficacy testing of various products against tick species is inconsistent. Consumers have no easy way to evaluate the efficacy of botanical pesticide products, technically called minimum-risk pesticides.

Read EWG's Comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (PDF).

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Citing a lack of transparency and public involvement in the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, EWG and 11 other organizations sent a letter to Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, this week asking for the public release of the current draft text of the agreement. (Download PDF)


Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Testimony of Scott Faber

Senior Vice President for Government Affairs

Environmental Working Group

Before the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Domestic Renewable Fuels

December 11, 2013

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Friday, October 11, 2013

In 2013, California proposed a maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 micrograms per liter (μg/L) for hexavalent chromium. EWG, in conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action and others, submitted comments to the California Department of Public Health strongly opposing the proposed standard and urging the Department to move to a health protective standard.

Key Issues: 
Friday, September 27, 2013

EWG President Ken Cook urges company CEO to press ahead with other efforts to improve the sustainability of its restaurants' practices.

Key Issues: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Citing the soaring number of wireless devices in the hands of children,
long-standing flaws in federal cell phone radiation standards and new
science raising questions about cell phone safety, 12 public health and
consumer groups are calling on the government to revamp the standards to
better protect both young people and adults.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Environmental Working Group is urging the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to strengthen its proposed regulation on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for gas or oil on federal lands. In formal comments submitted this week (Aug. 22), EWG warned federal regulators that the proposed rule has many shortcomings and will not ensure that public mineral resources are developed safely and responsibly.

Key Issues: 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Testimony of Kenneth A. Cook

Environmental Working Group

Before the
Committee on Environment and Public Works
United States Senate


Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats

July 31, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Testimony of Scott Faber

Senior Vice President for Government Affairs
Environmental Working Group

Before the

Subcommittee on Energy and Power

Of the

House Committee on Energy and Commerce


Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Stakeholder Perspectives

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Heather White testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy on Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information,  and Innovation