Community coated in black mist — until citizens fought back

By Ronnie Greene and Howard Berkes

Regulators stymied unless they could witness 'fugitive' emissions

Few criminal cases target big air polluters

By Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene

Prosecution level at its lowest among environmental cases

Despite lone inspector’s efforts, persistent haze envelops Iowa town

By Chris Hamby

A polluter seemed to comply with the Clean Air Act while exposing citizens to toxics. An inspector tried for years to do something about it.

In smelter town, decades of dirty air, disease — and bureaucratic dawdling

By Jim Morris and Emma Schwartz

In smelter town, decades of dirty air, disease — and bureaucratic dawdling

Where regulators failed, citizens took action — testing their own air

Citizens concerned about toxic emissions near Buffalo tested the air themselves - forcing complacent regulators to act.

Industry wields sway over air pollution rules, enforcement

By Ronnie Greene, Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

As communities battle toxic air, industry shapes EPA and state regulation.

Interactive: What’s your potential risk from air pollution?

Explore how air pollution may affect your community in this map

IMPACT: EPA posts secret 'watch list' that includes chronic polluters

By Corbin Hiar

Days after 'Poisoned Places' stories and disclosure of internal polluter 'watch list,' EPA starts naming names — and divulges no details

Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers

By Jim Morris

Researchers cite breast cancer risks in Canadian plastic auto parts factories — with potential implications in the U.S. and beyond.

Residents of polluted U.S. communities fear planned cuts in EPA enforcement

By Ronnie Greene and Chris Hamby

The EPA's "Next Generation Compliance" plan would lead to fewer inspections of, and enforcement actions against, polluters.

Clean Air case yields rare criminal convictions in New York

By Sam Pearson

A NY coke plant and its environmental manager, convicted of felony Clean Air violations, await sentencing — as residents push for relief.

'Upset' emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground

By Kristen Lombardi and Andrea Fuller

Residents living along the chemical corridor of Texas and Louisiana often encounter 'upset' emissions -- triggering pollution, health fears.

Clean Air Act law, reality collide

By Kristen Lombardi

Over the years, the Clean Air Act has carved out loopholes involving 'upset' emissions from industry — leaving residents at risk.

Inspector General to review EPA's 'Watch Lists'

By Jim Morris

The EPA’s inspector general has begun a review of the agency's use of internal watch lists of alleged chronic polluters nationwide.

Detroit refinery expansion adds more Canadian crude, brings more worries

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A conflict in Detroit symbolizes a larger national debate over oil company plans to step up refining of heavier, dirtier crude from Alberta.

Texas pollution victims seek millions from Citgo

By Jim Morris

Corpus Christi, Texas, residents deemed pollution crime victims are asking a federal judge to set up medical and moving trust funds.

As Clean Air Act sentencing nears, Justice cites violations at Texas Citgo refinery

By Jim Morris

Justice Department alleges environmental and worker safety violations continue to plague Citgo's Texas refinery.

IMPACT: Citizens sue Iowa plant over air pollution

By Chris Hamby

Those living in the shadow of an Iowa corn processing plant allege damage from years of air pollution.

Center wins 3 Sigma Delta Chi Awards

By iWatch News

Three separate Center for Public Integrity environmental investigations have won prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

IMPACT: After years of complaints, EPA steps in at Iowa plant

By Chris Hamby

Following years of citizen complaints about polluted air, the EPA alleges repeated violations at Iowa corn processing plant.

States slow to act against New England polluters

By Maggie Mulvihill, Alex Burris and James Robinson

Regulators in Maine and nearby states have taken months and even years to sanction facilities violating the Clean Air Act

Q&A: Former Bush official touts ‘market-based’ air toxics regulation

By Corbin Hiar

Q&A with the man some call "the next EPA administrator" if Romney wins the White House.

Environmental injustice: EPA neglects discrimination claims from polluted communities

By Corbin Hiar

Agency’s dysfunctional Office of Civil Rights sits on complaints for years

IMPACT: Day after story on weak enforcement, a state cracks down on polluter

By Chris Hamby

The day after an article highlighted weak enforcement, Iowa's attorney general takes on a source of toxic emissions.

Poisoned Places: By the numbers

By Sarah Whitmire

A few of iWatch News' most surprising findings from 'Poisoned Places' investigation

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Writers and editors

Jim Morris

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Jim Morris is a senior reporter and editor at the Center for Public Integrity and co-leader of the environment and labor team.... More about Jim Morris

Chris Hamby

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Chris Hamby’s series Breathless and Burdened, describing how the coal industry beat back miners' claims for black lung health be... More about Chris Hamby

Elizabeth Lucas

Computer-Assisted Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Elizabeth Lucas joined the Center in June 2010 as a computer-assisted reporting intern.... More about Elizabeth Lucas

Emma Schwartz

Staff Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Schwartz is a multimedia reporter who joined the Center from the Huffington Post Investigative Fund.... More about Emma Schwartz

Ronnie Greene

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Greene joined the Center in 2011 after serving as The Miami Herald’s investigations and government editor.... More about Ronnie Greene

Corbin Hiar

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Before joining the Center for Public Integrity, Corbin worked as the D.C.... More about Corbin Hiar