EWG News Roundup (1/24): EWG Finds PFAS in Major Cities' Water, Federal Clean Energy Policies Lag Behind and More - Environmental Working Group

EWG News Roundup (1/24): EWG Finds PFAS in Major Cities' Water, Federal Clean Energy Policies Lag Behind and More - Environmental Working Group


EWG News Roundup (1/24): EWG Finds PFAS in Major Cities' Water, Federal Clean Energy Policies Lag Behind and More - Environmental Working Group

Posted: 24 Jan 2020 09:42 AM PST

In the News

Friday, January 24, 2020

This week EWG released a groundbreaking set of laboratory tests that found fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in the drinking water of dozens of U.S. cities, including major metropolitan areas such as New York and Washington, D.C. Based on our tests and new academic research that found PFAS widespread in rainwater, EWG scientists now believe PFAS is likely detectable in all major water supplies in the U.S., almost certainly in all that use surface water. 

"Decades of chemical industry deception and government inaction and collusion have brought us to this crisis," said Mark Ruffalo, the star and a producer of the film, and a longtime environmental activist. "Nearly every American is carrying these dangerous chemicals in their blood, and as EWG's new findings show, everywhere we look, we find more PFAS contamination of our tap water. The government has done little or nothing in 20 years, so it's time for all of us to demand that our elected leaders do their jobs and pass laws to clean up this mess."   

On Thursday, the Trump administration finalized its plan to repeal the Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, which contains critical safeguards that prohibit the dumping of industrial and agricultural pollution into sensitive waterways that provide tap water for more than 117 million Americans.

"The damage President Trump is doing to the nation's drinking water supply and to the laws and safeguards once in place to protect it is appalling and indefensible," said Craig Cox, EWG's senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

And finally, EWG broke down how states and local governments are leading the way toward a clean, safe and renewable energy system, despite federal clean energy policies that are lagging behind.

Here's some news you can use going into the weekend.

PFAS Testing Report 

CNN: Toxic chemicals that never break down were found in the drinking water in several major US cities

Potentially toxic chemicals are in the drinking water supplies of several major metropolitan areas in the US, including Miami, New Orleans and Washington, DC, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

E&E News: Tap water samples show widespread PFAS contamination

In a new report, the Environmental Working Group sampled tap water from 44 places in 31 states and the District of Columbia, and all but one location was found to contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

Reuters: U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals': report

The findings here by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) show the group's previous estimate in 2018, based on unpublished U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, that 110 million Americans may be contaminated with PFAS, could be far too low.  Reprinted by The New York Times,CNBCThe GuardianHuffPostAOLSt. Louis Post-DispatchYahoo! News, and more than 250 other media outlets.

United Press International: Elevated PFAS levels found in tap water in major U.S. cities

A new study of tap water samples across the United States has revealed PFAS compounds, human-made chemicals linked with a variety of health problems, to be more prevalent than earlier surveys. The new study, organized by the Environmental Working Group, involved the testing of tap water samples from 44 locations in 31 states. Reprinted by Breitbart.

USA Today: Toxic 'forever chemicals' found in drinking water throughout US

The report, published by the Environmental Working Group, found that 20 cities and regions nationwide – including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami and Louisville, Kentucky – contained PFAS levels of at least 10 parts per trillion. Forty-three areas, including New York City, Nashville, Las Vegas and Sacramento, had detectable PFAS at least 1 part per trillion. Reprinted by MSN and by 65 USA Today affiliate papers. 

USA Today:- video: U.S. tap water a 'toxic soup' of man-made chemicals

A new report by the Environmental Working Group has found that more Americans are exposed to PFAS than previously thought.

Washington Post - Power Post: The Energy 202: Trump made nearly 500 false or misleading claims about the environment while in office

Survey finds nearly three dozen areas with PFAS contamination:  A new report from the Environmental Working Group found 34 new locations where toxic polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances — better known as PFAS — were found in drinking water. The report indicates that previous studies by the environmental watchdog group as well as by the EPA have underestimated the levels of contamination.

Bloomberg Law: DuPont Deploys 'Monday Morning Quarterback' Defense in PFAS Suit

As the trial kicked off, new information about PFAS drinking water emerged. Tap water from more than 40 large cities tested positive for at least one PFAS chemical, though in very low amounts, according to data released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group. 

Boing Boing: US drinking water is a "toxic soup" of "forever chemicals"

David Andrews, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which just issued a report about widespread PFAS pollution in the United States water supply, told Reuters, "It's nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals." 

Buzzfeed: "Forever Chemicals" Are Contaminating Tap Water In Many Cities, Lab Tests Show

Dozens of cities nationwide — including Miami, Philadelphia, and New Orleans — have toxic "forever chemicals" in their drinking water, an environmental group reported on Wednesday.

Cincinnati Enquirer: 'Forever chemicals' found in Cincinnati drinking water

So-called "forever chemicals'' used to make Teflon and other products have been found in Cincinnati's drinking water during a series of new laboratory tests. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) - an activist group with a long history of combating forever chemicals - discovered the toxic substances during tap water tests in 43 cities across the U.S., including Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Reprinted by MSN

Columbus Dispatch: Forever chemicals found in Columbus' drinking water

In Columbus, a total of nine forever chemicals were found by the Environmental Working Group, totaling 16.4 parts per trillion of perperfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. For years, the chemicals were used by companies to make nonstick cookware, stain-resistant and waterproof fabrics, food packaging and more.

Courthouse News Service: 'Forever Chemicals' Are More Ubiquitous Than Thought, Study Says

Commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, the study found only one location that had no detectable PFAS out of singular tap water samples from 44 places across 31 states and the District of Columbia.

The Daily Mail: More than 110 million Americans may be drinking water contaminated with unsafe levels of toxic 'forever chemicals' linked to cancer and infertility, report finds

Researchers from the Environmental Working Group found unsafe levels of man-made chemicals in water known as PFAS chemicals in more than 30 locations. These include major metropolitan areas such as Miami, Philadelphia, and New Orleans and may affect as many as 110 million Americans. Reprinted by Express Digest.

EcoWatch: Forever Chemicals Contaminate More Drinking Water Than Previously Reported

In a new nationwide assessment of drinking water systems, the Environmental Working Group found that toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS are far more prevalent than previously thought.

Forbes: 'Forever Chemicals' In Your Drinking Water, It Is Worse Than Previously Thought

And if you happen to drink water because you are human and not a robot, a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has got some bad news for you. 

The Hill: 'Forever chemicals' found in drinking water at 34 additional locations: survey

So-called "forever chemicals" have been discovered in drinking water at 34 previously-unknown locations, according to a report released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group.

The Hill: Drinking water in these major cities is contaminated with toxic chemicals

More Americans are drinking contaminated water than previously thought, according to a report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The Hill: OVERNIGHT ENERGY: 'Forever chemicals' found in drinking water at 34 additional locations: survey

THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE WATER: So-called forever chemicals have been discovered in drinking water at 34 previously unknown locations, according to a report released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

The Independent: Toxic 'forever chemicals' found in drinking water across major cities, as Trump claims US has 'cleanest water on Earth'

The chemicals analysed in the new study are included in a group known as toxic "fluorinated" chemicals, and have been linked in studies to some forms of cancer and infertility. The new analysis of water samples by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) indicates that they have been found in larger concentrations across the country — including in Miami, Philadelphia, New Orleans and the suburbs of New York City. Reprinted by Yahoo! News and  The World News.

Inside EPA: PFAS Mandates In NDAA Start To Take Effect But Calls For More Continue

And Scott Faber, senior vice president for government affairs at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), said during a Jan. 22 press call, that EPA's TRI listing "is the first step towards placing restrictions on those releases."

International Business Times: Is US Drinking Water Contaminated? More Americans Exposed To 'Forever Chemicals' Than Previously Thought

A disturbing new report has found that Americans are more widely exposed to synthetic PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals," than previously thought. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated in 2018 that 110 million Americans were potentially exposed to PFAS. New findings releasedby the watchdog Environmental Working Group (EWG), show that this number may be much higher.

MedPage Today: PFAS Chemicals Found in Drinking Water in Dozens of Cities

Dozens of cities throughout the country had per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- a group of man-made chemicals used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, and water -- in their tap water, according to independent lab testing commissioned by the Washington watchdog organization Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Miami Herald: 'Forever chemicals' are in nearly all U.S. drinking water, activists say. Miami is #3 on the list.

The Environmental Working Group, an advocacy nonprofit, said Wednesday that PFAS — short for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances — are likely detectable in all major water supplies in the United States. A previous estimate that 110 million Americans could be exposed to the potentially toxic chemicals is "much too low" in light of the new findings, EWG said.

Miami New Times: Environmental Watchdog Warns of "Forever Chemicals" in Miami-Dade Drinking Water

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer advocacy nonprofit, says it found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the water supply in dozens of major U.S. cities. The chemicals, better known as PFAS, are found in a wide variety of household and commercial products, including nonstick cookware, cleaning solutions, and fire extinguishers.

Michigan Advance: Study: PFAS found in Ann Arbor drinking water

Laboratory tests carried out by nonprofit activist organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) found evidence of PFAS contaminants in the city of Ann Arbor's drinking water, according to a new study.

Mother Nature News: Why we can't run from 'forever chemicals'

More recent lab tests commissioned by EWG found that dozens of cities across the U.S. have PFAS in their drinking water. Tap water samples in 43 out of 44 cities detected the chemicals. 

National Geographic: Toxic 'forever chemicals' more common in tap water than thought, report says

It's even been found in our blood. And new research published this week by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG), shows it's prevalent in tap water as well.

NC Policy Watch: Surveys, interviews: Responses of Chemours and DEQ to Gen X and PFAS pollution falling short

Just today, the Environmental Working Group released a report showing total PFAS levels in Brunswick County drinking water reached 185.9 ppt, or 2.5 times the EPA's advisory level.

New Orleans Gambit: Tests find toxic chemicals in drinking water throughout U.S. – and New Orleans ranks high

The same toxic chemicals also found in nonstick pans and shampoo are in New Orleans' drinking water system at higher levels than previously thought, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released Wednesday.

NJ Spotlight: New Water Tests Confirm PFAS Contamination in Bergen County

Environmental Working Group (EWG), a leading national campaigner for stricter health limits on the chemicals, said the Bergen County sampling site had the fourth-highest total PFAS level in the U.S. when it took samples in August 2019.

New Hampshire Union Leader: Test results: Water contamination more widespread than thought

The new tests, commissioned by the Environmental Working Group, show for the first time that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are present in the drinking water of 43 metropolitan areas, including Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans and the northern New Jersey suburbs of New York City.

New York Daily News: Most U.S. urban drinking water laced with harmful 'forever' chemicals: report

These perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are used in numerous industrial processes and are woven into packaging, among other products that people come into direct contact with. The chemicals were found in just about every major U.S. city, with especially high levels in major metropolitan areas including New York City, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) said in a new report.

The Record & Herald News / NorthJersey.com: Bergen County drinking water sample ranks fourth for toxic PFAS in national study

But the results still ranked Bergen County number four in the nationwide survey conducted by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. "It's a snapshot of what's happening locally, but it also shows the ubiquity of PFAS in our water nationally," said Sydney Evans, an analyst for the advocacy group and an author of the report.

PBS NewsHour: 'Forever chemicals' found in drinking water in dozens of cities

Chemicals in the PFAS family, some of which have been linked to a range of negative health effects, have been found in drinking water in dozens of U.S. cities, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental research and advocacy group.

Philly Voice: Philly Water Department refutes report claiming city's drinking water is contaminated

The Environmental Working Group released an online report claiming that Philly's tap water is contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as "forever chemicals."

POLITICO: Morning Energy: Study shows widespread PFAS in U.S. Cities

A new report out this morning from the Environmental Working Group found contamination from toxic "forever chemicals" in 34 communities where it has not been previously reported, including major metropolitan areas.

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Toxic "forever chemicals" were discovered in 34 communities where PFAS hasn't been previously reported, including major metropolitan areas, according to a report from the Environmental Working Group. Researchers identified PFAS in drinking water samples in 43 out of 44 communities in the study, suggesting that the chemicals are "likely detectable in all major water supplies in the U.S.," especially those that use surface water. More from Pro Energy.

POLITICO: New Jersey Playbook: Unhappy Gilmore: Former GOP boss sentenced to one year in prison

Bergen also has 70 parts per million of municipalitie, higher than recommended level — Study finds Bergen County tap water contains 4th-highest PFAS levels, by POLITICO's Samantha Maldonado: Drinking water in Bergen County has the fourth-highest levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in the country, according to a report released today by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group.

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Drinking water in Bergen County has the fourth-highest levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS of 44 locations in the country, according to a report released by the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group.

Port City Daily (Wilmington, N.C.): National study ranks Brunswick County's total PFAS highest out of 44 areas sampled

One sample collected mid-October at Belville Elementary School contained the highest total amount of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) out of 44 metropolitan areas tested, according to a new environmental study from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

VICE - Motherboard: US Water Is Full of Carcinogens and the EPA Is Moving Too Slowly

A new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental advocacy and research non-profit, confirms what researchers studying PFAS have long believed to be true: that the chemicals are pervasive, not only in towns like Hoosick Falls, but in drinking water systems throughout the U.S. Out of 44 tap water samples collected by the EWG across 31 states and D.C. and tested by an accredited independent laboratory using a modified EPA testing method, only one location had no detectable PFAS.

Wilmington Star News (N.C.): Brunswick County tops national list for PFAS contamination

A study from the Environmental Working Group tested tap water samples from 44 sites across the county in 2019. The results of that study, fully released at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, found Brunswick County had the highest level of PFAS contamination at 185.9 parts per trillion.  Reprinted by The Lexington Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.)

Wilmington Star News (N.C.): More PFAS questions, concerns in Brunswick

On Wednesday, the Environmental Working Group released a report about PFAS contamination, or 'forever chemicals,' in the nation's drinking water. A sample from Brunswick County, taken at Leland's Belville Elementary School, appeared at the top of the list of 44 samples containing manmade per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemical compounds.

Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.: Editorial Board -- Our view: A crisis of tainted water

Tap water across the United States is contaminated to a much higher degree than previously known by toxic chemicals, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group.

Yahoo! Video: New study finds PFAS chemicals in Philadelphia's drinking water

A new study by a non-profit group said Philadelphia was the sixth-highest city in the country for PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

West Virginia Public Radio: New Testing Reveals 'Forever Chemicals' In More Water Systems Across OH, PA, U.S.    

New testing by the Environmental Working Group has identified the presence of toxic fluorinated chemicals, broadly known as PFAS, in the tap water of dozens of cities across the U.S. where contamination was not previously known.  Reprinted by WKYU (Western Kentucky) , WEKU (Eastern Kentucky),  WFPL (Ohio Valley ReSource),  WOUB (Athens, Ohio) and WMKY.

KFI AM (Los Angeles, Calif.) : Levels of Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water 'Dramatically Underestimated'

Still drinking tap water? You might want to reconsider... A new report claims that drinking water in over 43 U.S. cities has been tainted by toxic "forever chemicals". According to the Environmental Working Group, the amount of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in drinking water is higher than previous estimates, creating a "toxic soup" that is "almost impossible to avoid".

KYW News Radio (Philadelphia, Penn.): New study finds PFAS in dozens of municipal water supplies — including in Philly

"The EPA has set a health advisory, not a legal limit, for the combined total of PFOAs and PFOS, those are the Teflon and Scotchgard non-stick chemicals, and their value at 70 parts per trillion. Based on the latest science, we think that a safe level of exposure is one part per trillion," said EWG's David Andrews. Reprinted by News Live

WAMC (Albany, N.Y.) Report: PFAS Pollution Widespread

The Environmental Working Group released a report Wednesday that showed detectable levels of PFAS chemicals in major U.S. cities – Miami, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and suburban New Jersey. Of tap water samples taken from 44 places in 31 states and the District of Columbia, only one had no detectable contamination.

WDEL (Wilmington, Del.): Tainted tap water: New report finds alarmingly high levels of PFAS chemicals in water supply     

A new report by the Environmental Working Group finds alarmingly high levels of contamination in public drinking water supplies in several major cities, including Philadelphia.

WHYY (Philadelphia, Penn.): PFAS chemicals found in drinking water nationwide, report says

The Environmental Working Group, based in Washington, D.C., rolled out its report on Wednesday with the support of actor Mark Ruffalo, who stars in "Dark Waters," a movie about PFAS contamination in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Ruffalo put the blame on manufacturers such as DuPont.  Republished byStateImpact Pennsylvania  and  WSKG

WHQR (Wilmington, N.C.): New Report Shows PFAS Contamination More Widespread, With High Local Numbers    

Today the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, released a national report on PFAS contamination in water supplies. At the top of the list. Brunswick County, North Carolina. WHQR's Vince Winkel spoke with one of the report's authors.

WOKV (Jacksonville, Fla.): Environmental report finds water contamination in Duval, Clay counties

A new report from the Environmental Working Group says PFAS was found in every state on military sites, in drinking water or other unknown sites. It said the harmful chemicals were found in more than 712 locations in 49 states.

WTOP (Washington, D.C.): Study shows high amount of 'forever chemicals' in tap water; local systems respond

Water systems in D.C. and Prince George's County, Maryland, were among those with a high amount of the man-made chemicals, known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, according to the Environmental Working Group study.

WUSQ (Winchester, Va.): Threat of Contaminated Tap Water Across U.S. "Dramatically Underestimated"

Tap water in the United States is contaminated with toxic fluorinated chemicals at a higher rate than we previously thought, according to a new report. "It's nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals," said David Andrews, a senior scientist at Environmental Working Group and co-author of the report published Wednesday. 

FOX News: Americans exposed to toxic chemicals in drinking water 'dramatically underestimated': report

Tap water in the United States is contaminated with toxic fluorinated chemicals at a higher rate than previously thought, according to a new report. "It's nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals," David Andrews, a senior scientist at Environmental Working Group and co-author of the report published Wednesday, said. Reprinted by The New York Post.

Hearst TV National Desk: 'Forever chemicals' more widespread in drinking water than previously shown, new study says

The nonprofit Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization, said new laboratory tests show exposure to chemicals in drinking water in the U.S. has been "far more prevalent than previously reported." Scientists with the organization believe the chemicals, known as PFAS or "forever chemicals," are likely found in every major water supply in the country, the group said. Reprinted byConnecticut PostGreenwich Time,  New Haven RegisterNews TimesStamford AdvocateWLKY (Louisville, Ky.),  MyNBC5 (South Burlington, Vt.) and 25 other media outlets.

Sinclair Media Group: New testing uncovers toxic PFAS chemicals in drinking water in dozens of cities

An environmental advocacy group has released a new round of testing, which it says uncovered toxic PFAS chemicals in the drinking water in dozens of cities across the country. Still, the levels detected by the Environmental Working Group's research fell generally below the level currently considered advisable by the Environmental Protection Agency. Reprinted by more than 115 media outlets.

ABC 3: WWAY (Leland, N.C.): Report: Brunswick County tops national list for PFAS contamination

The testing was done by the Environmental Working Group and Clean Cape FearPFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, like GenX, are considered toxic chemicals.

ABC6: WPVI (Philadelphia, Penn.): New study finds PFAS chemicals in Philadelphia's drinking water

A study released Wednesday by a non-profit group said Philadelphia was the sixth-highest city in the country for potentially dangerous chemicals in drinking water. The study, done by the Environmental Working Group, tested tap water in 44 places in the United States. According to the study's findings, Philadelphia was sixth-highest on the list for PFAS chemicals at 46.3 parts per trillion, which is below the EPA's limit of 70, but much higher than the environmental working group's limit of 1.

ABC7: WJLA (Washington, D.C.): Toxic 'forever chemicals' detected in DC, Prince George's Co. drinking water, test reveals

The tests were commissioned by the non-profit Advocate Organization Environmental working group. They say results confirm that the number of Americans exposed to Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFAS) from contaminated tap water has been dramatically underestimated by previous government and independent studies.

ABC8: WQAD (Quad Cities, Iowa): Iowa American Water says tap water is safe to drink after reports of high toxic chemical levels

The information is from a study done by "Environmental Working Group".  The group investigated PFA's, which is a chemical found in Teflon, carpets, clothing, and furniture.   But Iowa American Water says people don't need to worry.

ABC8: WQAD (Quad Cities, Iowa): Iowa American Water says tap water is safe to drink after reports of high toxic chemical levels

The information is from a study done by "Environmental Working Group". The group investigated PFA's, which is a chemical found in Teflon, carpets, clothing, and furniture. But Iowa American Water says people don't need to worry.

ABC8: WQAD (Quad Cities, Iowa) Toxic 'forever chemicals' contaminate U.S. drinking water more than previously known

A nonprofit and advocacy organization, the Environmental Working Group, released a report Wednesday that found per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the tap water of 44 places in 31 states. The Iowa Quad Cities had the second highest contamination levels from this sample and was above the Environmental Protection Agency's limit.

ABC11: WHAS  (Louisville, Ky.): FOCUS: Louisville water quality in question

It may taste good, but is it good for you? According to a recent study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), our tap water may be more toxic than previously thought. EWG, a watchdog group, took samples of water throughout the country.

ABC11: WTOK (Meridian, Miss.): Meridian's drinking water is toxin free

Toxins known as PFAS are man made chemicals that can lead to negative health effects. A recent study by the Environmental Working Group shows that the chemical is found in drinking water in several major U.S. cities, affecting millions of people. However, according to The Daily Mail, out of the different cities tested for contamination, Meridian is the only city that had no signs of PFAS in the water.

CBS4: KCNC (Denver, Colo.): Report: 'Forever Chemicals' Contaminate Drinking Water In Dozens Of Cities

The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made "forever chemicals" is far worse than previously estimated, an environmental group reported on Wednesday. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer advocacy nonprofit, says it found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS in the water supply in dozens of major U.S. cities, with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Bergen County, N.J. and Philadelphia. Reprinted by CBS BaltimoreCBS ClevelandCBS Dallas/Fort WorthCBS Los AngelesCBS MiamiCBS New YorkCBS Pittsburgh and Patch Denver.

CBS4: WWL (New Orleans, La.): What are 'forever chemicals'?

Like when you drink water. A recent study by the Environmental Working Group focused on the nation's tap water, and found contamination in almost every U.S. city. New Orleans ranked high at number eight. One reason may be because of our location along the Mississippi River.

CBS9: WUSA (Washington, D.C.): Report: Toxic tap water found in DC, Prince George's County

There's new research saying there's pretty high levels of toxic chemicals in our drinking water.

D.C. and Prince George's County have some of the highest levels of PFA compared to some major cities across the country, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group.

FOX5: WTTG (Washington, DC): High levels of "forever chemicals" in DC and Prince George's County tap water, study says

Fox 5 DC was joined by a science analyst for the Environmental Working Group about the new study into chemicals known as PFAS in tap water.

FOX5: WTTG (Washington, D.C.): Watchdog finds widespread evidence of 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

A watchdog group is raising the alarm after finding widespread evidence of dangerous substances lurking in our drinking water. The Environmental Working Group took 44 samples from 31 states and Washington D.C., finding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in all but one of them.

NBC5: KING (Seattle, Wash.): U.S. Tap Water a 'Toxic Soup' of Man-Made Chemicals

A new report by the Environmental Working Group has found that more Americans are exposed to PFAS than previously thought. Reprinted by KHOU (Houston, Texas),  News Center Maine.

NBC6: WECT (Wilmington, N.C.): Study: Brunswick County tops national list for PFAS contamination

Brunswick County has the highest level of PFAS contamination in its tap water among the 44 sites tested in 31 states across the country, according to a new study that was released Wednesday by on organization called Environmental Working Group.

NBC6: KWQC (Davenport, Iowa): "Forever chemicals" found in Iowa QC drinking water

A study released Wednesday by Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental research and advocacy group, found PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) at more than 40 locations in 31 states, according to a PBS NewsHour report.

WAFF (Decatur, Ala.): Study shows chemicals in Decatur drinking water; DU says water is safe

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit organization that independently tests drinking water in cities across the country. Last year, they collected samples from 44 cities. The goal was to monitor levels of PFAS and an additional compound known as PFOA. The second chemical is a former ingredient in Scotchgard, which was manufactured by 3M.

WHDH (Boston, Mass.): New testing finds toxic 'forever chemicals' in drinking water in 43 US cities

More than 40 cities across the United States have toxic "forever chemicals" present in their drinking water, new environmental testing found. Laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group found toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in the drinking water of 43 cities, including major metropolitan areas, the non-profit organization announced.

Trump Administration

Legal Insurrection: Trump Birthday present to Michelle Obama: Your school lunch program is fired!

"The potato industry and junk food lobbyists should not be able to dictate what is and is not on school menus for 30 million students," said Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook.

Trump Administration Farm Bailouts

The American Prospect: The Trade War: An After-Action Report

But the top 10 percent of farmers received the majority of the assistance, while the average payout for the bottom 80 percent was less than $5,000, according to the Environmental Working Group. 

Foreign Policy In Focus: The "Are You Serious?" Awards: Looking Back on 2019

While the government was handing out $28 billion to farmers hurt by the White House's trade war with China (the vast majority of which, according to the Environmental Working Group, went to large, corporate farms), it was altering the poverty index to make it more difficult for the poor to receive nutritional assistance.

Asbestos in Children's Makeup

Fox News Radio: Asbestos Found in Children's Makeup Kit

A recent discovery by the Environmental Working Group found high levels of asbestos inside of a Toy Princess Girl's All-in-One Makeup Palette-- a best selling online item found on sites like Amazon.

Fox 8 Cleveland (Ohio): Tests find high levels of asbestos in children's makeup kit, environmental group says

According to the Environmental Working Group, the carcinogen asbestos was found in the IQ Toys Princess Girl's All-in-One Deluxe Makeup Palette.

CAFOs

Inside Climate News: Farm Bureau Warily Concedes on Climate, But Members Praise Trump's Deregulation

This week the Environmental Working Group issued a new report finding the number of large industrial hog facilities in Iowa, the nation's biggest hog-producing state, has climbed from nearly 800 to nearly 4,000 since 1990. Reprinted by Enjeux energies et environnement.

Cleaning Products

BobVila: 13 Brands That Are Changing the Way We Clean

To prove that it practices what it preaches, ATTITUDE has had hundreds of its products vetted by the independent Environmental Working Group (EWG), an industry watchdog, driven by research and education. Reprinted by MSN.

Consumer Guides

The Washington Post: 5 ways to give your home a green reboot

She often consults the Environmental Working Group's website when choosing laundry or cleaning products. Reprinted by SF Gate (San Francisco)The Telegraph (Alton, Ill.).

The Milford Daily News (Mass.): Over the Counter: Take this year's resolution one month at a time

For advice on which household items should be tossed and ideas for replacements, look to the Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org, a nonprofit that rates such products. Reprinted by Wicked Local Plympton (Mass.)Wicked Local Ipswich (Beverly, Mass.); USA Today affiliates.

Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database

Byrdie: The "Toxic 20": Meet the Ingredients a Green Cosmetic Chemist Would Never Use

"A study by EWG notes that a woman applies about 168 different chemicals everyday," she says. "This exposure accumulates over time and so it is important for people to opt for products that are cleaner and better for our health."

The Everygirl: Polyglutamic Acid: The Skincare Ingredient You Should Know

Additionally, the Environmental Working Group also suggested that PGA also is a low-hazard ingredient, making it an ingredient to look for should you be on the prowl for nontoxic skincare beauty products.

Life Your Way: Baby Lotion: All You Need to Know

The Environmental Working Group is a non- profit organization that aims to improve and promote human health as well as protecting the environment. This online platform is an excellent place to begin your research on the safest baby lotion product. 

EWG's Healthy Living App

Business Insider: Beautycounter is the gold standard when it comes to clean beauty products – here's what we thought of its bestsellers

If you're interested in clean beauty but not sure Beautycounter is the right fit for you or your budget, start by browsing the "Clean" category at Sephora and check your go-to products on the EWG Healthy Living app to see if they're worth replacing. Reprinted by Latest Nigerian News

Glyphosate

Counter Punch: Better Living Through Glyphosate? Spray Now, Ask Questions Later

Further, the Environmental Working Group (EGW), in an Aug. 21, 2019 statement to the EPA, cites evidence from five of eight epidemiological studies of an elevated risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among those exposed to glyphosate-based herbicides.

Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change + Health

Union-Bulletin (Walla Walla, Wash.): COLUMN: Better eating for you and the environment

Of the foods highlighted in the Environmental Working Group's Meat Eater's Guide (ewg.org/meateatersguide), eggs, cheese and meat produce the highest emissions and vegetables, grains and legumes produce the lowest emissions.

Monsanto

Before It's News: The contempt Monsanto has for your baby

I'd like to bring your attention to a piece published by the Environmental Working Group that also shed light behind the mentality of this company as well as their employee. Reprinted by Tap News Wire.

Nitrate in Minnesota Tap Water

The Center for Public Integrity: Farming's Growing Problem

A recent analysis by the Environmental Working Group based on records obtained from the state health agency suggests about 150,000 Minnesotans were served by water systems with nitrate levels that exceeded federal health limits in at least one test from 2009 to 2018.

The Mankato Free Press (Minn.): Our View: Nitrates: Soft solution to a serious problem

The Environmental Working Group released a report this month showing one in eight Minnesotans, about 500,000 people, get water from a source contaminated with dangerous levels of nitrates.

Bluestem Prairie (Greater Minn., S.D.): Environmental digest: nitrates in Minnesota drinking water; beewashing; PFAS in creeks

A new EWG analysis found that half a million Minnesotans drink tap water contaminated with elevated levels of nitrate from agricultural pollution. 

Grist: The Contaminant We Can't Live Without

A recent analysis by the Environmental Working Group based on records obtained from the state health agency suggests about 150,000 Minnesotans were served by water systems with nitrate levels that exceeded federal health limits in at least one test from 2009 to 2018.

Winona Post (Minn.): Fertilizer rule takes effect

The national Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report last week highlighting nitrate pollution in Minnesota drinking water and saying the nitrogen fertilizer rule "may be too little, too late."

Public Radio International: Farming's growing problem

A recent analysis by the Environmental Working Group based on records obtained from the state health agency suggests about 150,000 Minnesotans were served by water systems with nitrate levels that exceeded federal health limits in at least one test from 2009 to 2018.

Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Eat This, Not That!: 24 Tips That Make You Instantly Healthier

Every year the EWG.ORG website lists the "Dirty Dozen," the most chemically contaminated non-organic fruits and vegetables. Reprinted by MSN.

EWG Guide to Sunscreen

CNN: Seven sunscreen chemicals enter bloodstream after one use, FDA says, but don't abandon sun protection

"What is most alarming about these findings is that chemicals are absorbing into the body in significant amounts and the ingredients have not been fully tested for safety," said David Andrews, a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, or EWG, a consumer organization which advocates for sunscreen safety. Reprinted by Fox 31 DenverHenry Herald (McDonough, Ga.)CBS SacramentoFox 9 Yuma (Ariz.)Fox 2 now (St. Louis); 30+ other media outlets.

Daily Mail: Sunscreens leach up to 360 times more toxic chemicals into the blood than the FDA allows, raising risks for liver and kidney failure, study finds

In 2012, the Environmental Working Group released a report recommending that sunscreens be free of oxybenzone due to potential links to cell damage that may lead to skin cancer. Reprinted byWhatsNew2DayExpress DigestAngle NewsHealth Medicine Network.

The Oprah Magazine: The Best Sunscreen for Kids and Babies, According to Dermatologists

We don't want to be alarmist, but according to the Environmental Working Group's report on the best sunscreen for kids, "a few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person's lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer." 

WebMD: FDA Sunscreen Report Raises Concern Over Chemicals

"The fact that these chemicals are being found at elevated levels in our blood, combined with evidence that they have been linked to adverse health impacts in other studies, is extremely concerning," says Nneka Leiba, vice president of the Environmental Working Group's Healthy Living Science program. The Environmental Working Group has been warning consumers for years that ingredients in chemical sunscreens may not be safe.

Tap Water Database Update

TapInto (New Providence, N.J.): East Brunswick Comes Clean about Water Quality

Citizens raised concerns about the water following an October 2019 report from the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group.

PFAS in Tap Water

Miami Herald: County wells closed near Miami International Airport due to chemical concerns

PFAS contamination in drinking water is widespread and detectable in all water supplies that use surface water in the U.S., according to clean water advocacy group Environmental Working Group.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-Saint Paul): 3M continues to deal with lawsuits regarding defective earplugs, PFAS chemicals

PFAS chemicals, certain types of which 3M has made since the 1950s, have recently been found in 1,361 sites and rivers nationwide, according to the advocacy group the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by Task & Purpose. (Reprinted from Associated Press) Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.): Editorial Roundup.

What makes us "special" in this case is currently being home to more documented PFAS sites — 192 — than any other state, according to the Environmental Working Group. Reprinted by Idaho Statesman;Fresno Bee (Calif.)Ludington Daily News (Mich.)Miami HeraldSun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.); 14 other media outlets.

United-States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA)

PolitiFact Iowa: Major environmental groups opposed the new USMCA trade deal

In an email to The Daily Iowan, representatives from the Environmental Working Group, a nonpartisan conservation nonprofit, said the group has no official stance on the USMCA. Reprinted by The Daily Iowan.

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