Piketon Village Council member Jennifer Chandler and Mayor Billy Spencer stand next to one of several signs in town that opposes the landfill under construction at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. photo: Eric Albrecht, Dispatch

Piketon fights construction of radioactive waste dump

PIKETON — “The federal government already has spent $53 million of a $350 million project on what will essentially be a 100-acre landfill at the far northeast corner of the sprawling 3,777-acre nuclear complex. On any given day, giant earth-moving equipment tears into the landscape there and as many as 75 […]

Columbus firefighter Mark Rine visits his dermatologist (Credit: Doral Chenoweth III).

Firefighters & Cancer Unmasked: The Alarm

COLUMBUS — No one warned Mark Rine that while he was saving others, he was killing himself. The bad habits that would ensure the firefighter’s death sentence started with his very first fire in 2007. Rine was supposed to help set up the ladder, but he ignored his orders, grabbed […]

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 […]