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Which Chemicals Used in Fracking Fluid?

The fluids used for hydraulic fracturing in California oil wells contain dozens of hazardous chemicals that have the potential to contaminate drinking water, air and soil and to harm human health, according to a new report by EWG. In the analysis, California’s Toxic Fracking Fluids: The Chemical Recipe, EWG deconstructs … Read more »

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GMA Slams EWG’s Food Rating System

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has slammed a new food rating system by the Environmental Working Group, calling it “severely flawed” and saying it will give consumers “misinformation” about the food and beverage products. EWG launched Food Scores: Rate Your Plate on Monday. The food database and mobile app houses ratings … Read more »

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Investors Urge Biotech, Food Industry to Stay Out of GMO Labeling Fight

Environmentalist and shareholder advocacy groups have filed resolutions urging Monsanto, DuPont de Nemours and Dow Chemical Company to stop using corporate funds to fight a referendum in Washington that, if it passed, would require special labels on raw and processed foods made from genetically modified crops. Opponents to Washington’s I-522 … Read more »

Clorox Mocks ‘Ridiculous Green’ Consumers

You don’t have to be ridiculous to be green, according to Clorox. The company’s Green Works brand of cleaning products has launched a new marketing campaign with digital ads and interactive elements poking fun at eco-fanatics and attempting to make “eco-friendly people friendly again.” According to Green Works brand manager … Read more »

Reckitt Benckiser to Cut Water, Carbon by One-Third

Reckitt Benckiser, whose brands include Clearasil, Mucinex, Lysol and Woolite, has set targets to cut its water use and carbon footprint by a third, and have a third of its net revenue come from more sustainable products, all by 2020 based on 2012 levels. The goals are part of the … Read more »

EPA Releases Draft Risk Assessments of Chemicals in Household Products

The EPA has released for public comment draft risk assessments on five chemicals found in common household products. The five assessments address the following chemical uses: methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM) and n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products; trichloroethylene (TCE) as a degreaser and a spray-on protective coating; antimony trioxide (ATO) … Read more »

Environmental Executive Moves: Montana State, EPA, Deckers, EWG

Here’s the latest news on hirings and promotions among environmental leaders. Montana State University: The college has hired Kristin Blackler as its sustainability director. Blackler will begin her duties Jan. 9; she currently works as a program director at the Sustainability Solution Institute at the University of California San Diego. … Read more »

Energy Generation’s Water Demands a Huge ‘Hidden Cost’

Energy Generation’s Water Demands a Huge ‘Hidden Cost’

Huge demands on increasingly scarce water are a major hidden cost of a “business as usual” approach to American electricity generation that needs to be more fully understood by policymakers and the public, according to research by Synapse Energy Economics. For example, nuclear power has critical cooling requirements that require … Read more »

SC Johnson, Clorox, Reckitt Products Fail in Online Safety Guide

Cleaning products made by Clorox, SC Johnson and Reckitt Benckiser are among hundreds that received failing grades in an online safety and disclosure guide published by the Environmental Working Group. The online guide covers more than 2,000 household cleaners. The non-profit’s staff scientists spent 14 months examining product labels, company … Read more »

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