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2014

Successfully urged cosmetics-giant to drop some parabens, formaldehyde-releasers

December 2014

EWG targeted Revlon with multiple online petitions for its use of parabens and formaldehyde releasers in cosmetics. The giant corporation promptly pledged to stop using the worst of them.

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Called for probe of water-guzzling fracking wells

November 2014

Our analysis, “Monster Wells,” showed that a single fracking operation could use as many as 25 million gallons of water. The report highlighted 261 wells that used more than 3.3 billion gallons of water between April 2010 and December 2013. Energy companies drilled two-thirds of these wells in drought-stricken areas.

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Released the Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives

November 2014

EWG analyzed data gathered through its Food Scores database and published a groundbreaking “dirty dozen” list of food additives. This guide helps people avoid some of the most worrisome additives in food.

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Launched EWG Food Scores

October 2014

EWG launched its interactive food database at the James Beard Food Policy Conference in New York. Promotion of the database, which contains details on more than 80,000 foods and ingredients, began in March with Ken Cook’s talk at TedX Manhattan. 

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Investigated Midwestern silica mining threats

September 2014

EWG GIS mapping determined that more than 58,000 people live less than a half mile from active or proposed silica mining sites in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, where silica dust pollutes air and water.

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Study found 5 times more fire retardant exposure in children than mothers

August 2014

EWG’s Johanna Congleton partnered with researcher Heather Stapleton of Duke University to explore the chemical body burden of three flame retardants. Our peer-reviewed analysis appeared in the Environmental Journal of Science and Technology. In September, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law requiring labels and disclosures on furniture containing toxic fire retardants. Brown cited EWG’s 2007 study that showed that toddlers had higher fire retardant body burdens than their mothers.

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N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo barred fracking

July 2014

EWG’s reports on fracking and lawsuit against the Cuomo administration helped convince Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban this risky practice in New York.

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Fought the DARK Act with successful campaign

July 2014

In partnership with the Just Label It campaign, EWG hosted a Capitol Hill lobby day with Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s to fight a federal bill to bar GMO labeling, which we dubbed the “Deny Americans Right to Know,” or DARK, act. In December, EWG organized a lobbying day and congressional briefing against the DARK Act with celebrity chefs Jose Andres, Tom Colicchio, Sam Talbot and Micheline Mendelsohn. 

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Analysis showed 5000+ schools sit within 200-foot ‘drift’ zone of toxic pesticide 2,4-D

July 2014

EWG analysis determined that thousands of schools sat within the toxic “drift” zone of corn and soybean fields that might be sprayed with a toxic chemical linked to Parkinson’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin organized 35 doctors and scientists to write to the Obama administration, urging rejection of Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist Duo, a pesticide mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate.

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Demanded the FCC modernize cellphone radiation standards

July 2014

EWG Research Director Renee Sharp met with top Federal Communications Commission officials. This was followed by a petition with 26,000+ signatures and an EWG-drafted letter from 12 environmental health organizations, calling on the FCC to update its cellphone radiation standards.

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