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This Fourth of July, Watch Out for Toxic Algae Blooms in Lakes

Millions of people could be exposed to potentially toxic algae blooms this July Fourth holiday.

After the Pandemic, Kentucky Can Rebuild the Economy and Create Jobs by Investing in Clean Energy

The coronavirus pandemic will leave in its wake an urgent need to rebuild state economies. In Kentucky, building out the state's huge potential for wind and solar power can play a major role – but...

As Pandemic Rages, Federal Nuclear Regulators Put Keeping Reactors Running Ahead of Public Health and Safety

The federal government's toothless nuclear “watchdog” has historically shown more concern for keeping dangerous aging reactors running than for Americans' safety from a nuclear accident. So how is the...

EWG News Roundup (6/12): Landmark California Cosmetics Bill Clears Hurdle, COVID-19 Afflicts Food Processors and More

EWG News Roundup (6/12): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

Trump’s Energy Regulators Are Undercutting Growth of Renewables

Federal regulators' rule changes to prop up coal and natural gas power plants could severely disrupt progress toward a clean, renewable energy future – and cost 65 million mid-Atlantic and Midwest...

Good, Bad and Truly Awful: Top Environmental Stories of 2011

People are messy. So is nature. And what people do when nature unleashes its fury often makes things worse. The staff at Environmental Working Group took a look at the major environmental news stories...

How the U.S. Can Have 90 Percent Clean Electricity by 2035

According to a new study, in just 15 years the U.S. can generate 90 percent of its electricity without coal-fired power plants or new natural gas plants – dirty energy sources that deepen the climate...

In Pandemic-Triggered Economic Crisis, Millions of Americans Struggle To Pay Utility Bills

The economic meltdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic means that legions of Americans are struggling to pay their utility bills. As with other impacts of the pandemic, the federal government has...

EWG News Roundup (7/2): Enjoying a Healthy (and Safe) Independence Day, PFAS Provisions Added to Military Spending Bill and More

EWG News Roundup (7/2): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

Lakes With Algae Outbreaks May Also Be Tainted With E. Coli

Toxic algae outbreaks – slimy, smelly blooms of microorganisms, triggered by polluted farm runoff into lakes and rivers – can cause nausea, vomiting and more serious, longer-term health impacts, such...


2004 Industry Study Found Chrome-6 Nationwide

EWG's study of chromium-6 contamination in tap water is not the first to attempt to assess chromium-6 pollution across the country.

European Regulators Find ‘No Safe Level’ of Hormone-Disrupting Chemical Common in Cosmetics

A notoriously hazardous cosmetic ingredient now has another black mark on its record: Butylparaben – a hormone-disrupting chemical used as a preservative in personal care products and linked to cancer...

USDA Pandemic Bailout Funds Will Go to Largest, Wealthiest Farms

This week the Department of Agriculture unveiled a pandemic relief initiative that will give farmers $16 billion in direct payments. Just like the Market Facilitation Program, or MFP, which gave $23...

Work Conditions Make Farmworkers Uniquely Vulnerable to COVID-19

Depending on the season, an estimated 1 million to 2.7 million workers, mostly undocumented, toil on the nation's farms. Without farmworkers, the American food system would collapse – and during the...

Study: Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water May Increase Risk of Low Birth Weight Infants

Pregnant women exposed to low levels of disinfection byproducts in chlorinated drinking water were more likely to give birth to underweight babies, according to a recent peer-reviewed study based in...

Schools Reopening: Let’s Make This a Catalyst for Change

Every day it seems there's a new email from school with a change of plans, or news reports about studies of COVID-19, children and schools that are far removed from the reality in the U.S. It's even...

Fluoride in your water: How much is too much?

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposes that public water systems cut back on the amount of fluoride they add to drinking water.

Trump’s Toxic Wake: 10 Ways the EPA Has Made Life More Hazardous

From the beginning, the Trump administration has aggressively slashed environmental regulations. A New York Times analysis identified 100 environmental protections that have been reversed or are in...

EWG News Roundup (8/27): Costly Algae Blooms, California Senate Spikes Lead Faucet Protection Bill and More

EWG News Roundup (8/27): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

EWG News Roundup (9/3): Landmark Public Health Bills Pass Calif. Legislature, Duke Energy’s $11.6 Billion Failures and More

EWG News Roundup (9/3): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

EWG News Roundup (9/11): PFAS Discharges Near Schools, Tracking Farm Pollution in Our Drinking Water and More

EWG News Roundup (9/11): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

EWG News Roundup (9/25): EWG Calls for CDC Director To Resign, Farmer Bailout and Covid-19 Payments Flowing to Rich Farmers and More

EWG News Roundup (9/25): Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

A Neighbor’s Plea to Potato Giant: ‘You’re going to have casualties’

Mike Tauber, a plumber by trade, grew up and now lives on the outskirts of Hackensack, a town of 300 located within 10 miles of 127 lakes in north central Minnesota's Cass County.

Are Chemical Companies Hiding Behind "Confidential Business Information?"

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...