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Successes

Found harmful Dow chemical in Calif. water

April 2017

EWG, along with Clean Water Action and Community Water Center, uncovered the cancer-causing chemical TCP in the water of 8 million Californians. TCP was an ingredient in pesticides produced by Dow and Shell that was eventually found ineffective and referred to as “garbage” by a Dow scientist.

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Fought against regressive N.C. property rights bill

April 2017

After state lawmakers rushed to pass a pork industry-supported bill that would curb property rights of thousands of North Carolinians living near factory farms, EWG released a map showing which residents’ rights were at risk.

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Mapped the 117 million Americans protected by the Clean Water Rule

March 2017

Following President Trump’s announcement that his administration would roll back the Clean Water Rule, EWG analyzed county-level water data that shows over 117 million Americans’ water would be imperiled. 

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Analyzed cover crops in the Corn Belt

March 2017

In a first of its kind analysis, EWG used satellite imagery to study the extent of cover crop use in three Corn Belt states. We found that more farmers were applying cover crops to reduce polluted runoff, but not enough farmers were adopting the method to make a tangible difference.

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Uncovered harmful chemicals in fast food packaging

February 2017

EWG presented the results of nationwide testing that found many fast food chains still use food wrappers, bags and boxes coated with harmful highly fluorinated chemicals.

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Dispelled EPA administrator’s false environmentalist claims

February 2017

During his nomination hearing, now-Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt boasted that a bill he helped pass as a lawmaker in Oklahoma helped curb poultry pollution in the state. Using aerial photos from when the bill was passed and today, EWG uncovered the negligible difference Pruitt’s bill made.

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Unilever committed to fragrance disclosure

February 2017

EWG applauded industry giant Unilever’s announcement of its bold new program to provide customers with detailed information on the fragrance ingredients in its products.

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Launched the Plate of the Union campaign

February 2017

EWG and Food Policy Action Education Fund launched the Plate of the Union campaign. The campaign aims to awaken a new audience of American consumers to become activists for policies that make food safer, make healthy food more accessible, and make food production better for our environment through the 2018 Farm Bill.

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Reviewed the Black women’s cosmetics market

December 2016

Using EWG’s Skin Deep® data, we released a-first-of-its-kind review of over a thousand personal care products marketed to Black women. EWG found that despite the growing market, Black women nonetheless have limited choices for products that score low in potentially harmful ingredients.

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Welcomed 2 trailblazing board members

December 2016

EWG welcomed long time environmental health activists Meg Hirshberg and Michelle Pfeiffer to its board of directors.

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