Coal / EPA / Right-to-Know

“This was a hostile takeover”: How the war on the EPA was waged

WASHINGTON, DC — “With access to key players involved in the issue, War on the EPA tells the story of how combatting perceived federal overreach by the EPA became a popular conservative cause. It unpacks the events that led to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, and ultimately, to this […]

In Harvey’s wake, critics see big money behind lax petrochemical reporting
Right-to-Know / Water Quality

In Harvey’s wake, critics see big money behind lax petrochemical reporting

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, an exploding chemical plant and spikes in cancer-causing emissions are highlighting how little the public knows about potential dangers from the oil and chemical industries. Critics say one reason for the darkness: tons of campaign money. HOUSTON, TX — “Unlike any past storm — […]

Exxon Mobil refinery in the Charlton-Pollard section of Beaumont, Texas, as seen from Van Buren Avenue, on June 6, 2017. Photo: Todd Spoth for The Intercept
Environmental Justice / Right-to-Know

A legacy of environmental racism

Exxon Mobil is still pumping toxins into black community in Texas 17 years after civil rights complaint BEAUMONT, TX — “People who can afford to live elsewhere tend to leave the neighborhood. A family who lived next door to Gaines recently left because they feared the pollution was the reason […]

Some of the more than 100,000 pages of discovery material related to the chemical industry that were stored in Carol Van Strum’s barn in rural Oregon
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Environmental Justice / Right-to-Know

100,000 pages of chemical industry secrets gathered dust in an Oregon barn for decades — until now

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “For decades, some of the dirtiest, darkest secrets of the chemical industry have been kept in Carol Van Strum’s barn. Creaky, damp, and prowled by the occasional black bear, the listing, 80-year-old structure in rural Oregon housed more than 100,000 pages of documents obtained through […]

President Trump signed an executive order in February requiring federal agencies to form deregulation teams, many of which are now staffed by political appointees with potential conflicts. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Trump has secretive teams to roll back regulations, led by hires with deep Industry ties

WASHINGTON, DC — “President Trump entered office pledging to cut red tape, and within weeks, he ordered his administration to assemble teams to aggressively scale back government regulations. But the effort — a signature theme in Trump’s populist campaign for the White House — is being conducted in large part […]

High water of the Ohio River approaches Smale Riverfront Park.(Photo: The Enquirer/Patrick Reddy)

UC study: Chemical found in Tristate residents likely due to industrial discharge

CINCINNATI — — Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati Enquirer link to full story

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The womb is no protection from toxic chemicals (Opinion)

NEW YORK, NY — “Until a few decades ago, the popular but falsely reassuring belief was that babies in the womb were perfectly protected by the placenta and that children were just “little adults,” requiring no special protections from environmental threats. We now know that a host of chemicals, pollutants […]

Protesters stood outside a Kroger's shareholding meeting to protest the use of BPA, a controversial chemical used in food packaging.

Nationwide testing shows many canned foods still contain chemical linked to cancer, birth defects

33% of Kroger’s “private label” food cans tested positive for this harmful chemical CINCINNATI — Despite well-documented health hazards and years of scientific warnings, a new report, “Kicking the Can? Major retailers still selling canned food with BPA,” released today shows that millions of Americans who eat canned foods are […]

Firefighters battle a blaze and search for victims of an explosion at the BP plant that killed at least 15 people Wednesday, March 23, 2005, in Texas City, Texas. (Photo by Brett Coomer/Chronicle)     HOUCHRON CAPTION (09/17/2005) SECNEWS:  GRIM SCENE:  Fire crews battle a blaze and search for victims of the March 23 explosion that killed 15 people at the BP refinery in Texas City. Federal fines are expected soon in connection with the deadly blast.

As it faces elimination in Trump’s budget, here’s what the Chemical Safety Board does

AUSTIN, TX — “Better than most people, Katherine Rodriguez knows the value of the Chemical Safety Board, and the danger that workers, families, and communities could face if President Trump’s budget proposal to eliminate its minuscule $11 million annual budget is approved by Congress. She watched her father, Ray Gonzalez, […]

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Forewarned: Environmental reporters are often the town criers on looming disasters

Sometimes, we listen. Often, we don’t. TOLEDO — “Lake Erie was an American environmental success story. Once on the verge of biological death from sewage, industrial pollutants and oxygen-depriving algae, the lake bounced back in the 1970s and ’80s, as tougher environmental laws took hold in the U.S. and Canada. […]