Is There Fluoride In My Water? In a surprising reversal, last month EPA’s announced that it intends to lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of growing evidence supporting the chemical’s possible deleterious effects to children’s health. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences report that found dental fluorosis – caused by too much fluoride – capable of putting children at risk of developing other dental problems including the breakdown of tooth enamel, discoloration ...[READ MORE]
EWG's New Online Water Filter Buying Guide Washington, D.C. – The Environmental Working Group has released its new online water filter buying guide with more options and new tips for consumers who want cleaner drinking water for themselves and their families. “Having clean and safe drinking water isn’t a privilege, it’s a right,” said Paul Pestano, an EWG research analyst and a lead researcher on the new filter guide. “However, in the real world much of America’s drinking water contains ...[READ MORE]
The EPA celebrates Earth Day all month long. Here are some links to tips, news letters, and events hosted by the EPA for April, Earth Month. April is EARTH MONTH! Here are things you can do, where you live or online. Got Six Words for the Planet? You use thousands of words daily. But can you use only six? Write a six-word micro essay. Your six words about the environment. Be funny or poetic or serious. We'll post some submissions on EPA.gov. Submit yours now through June 30. It's the only Earth ...[READ MORE]
Environmental Working Group researcher Nneka Leiba explains the health concerns of fluoridated tap water and outlines what kind of filtering processes work best, particularly if you're bottle-feeding an infant using powdered formula mixed with tap water. Related: What is Reverse Osmosis?
In December, EWG published the first national investigation of the suspected carcinogen chromium-6 -- also known as hexavalent chromium -- in drinking water in 35 cities around the country. Recently, Senators Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced Senate Bill 79, the Protecting Pregnant Women and Children From Hexavalent Chromium Act of 2011. The Boxer/Feinstein bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency to act within a year to set a safe limit for ...[READ MORE]