Poisoned Places: By the numbers

By Sarah Whitmire

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

SLIDESHOW: A haze in Hayden

By Sarah Whitmire

Arizona town lives in the midst of a copper smelter

Why Americans still breathe known hazards decades after ‘clean air’ law

By Jim Morris and Corbin Hiar

Air toxics crackdown stymied by politics, industry resistance and ‘hopelessly irrational’ EPA

5 questions for William Ruckelshaus

By Corbin Hiar

EPA chief under Nixon and Reagan on the bipartisan failure to curb air toxics

In polluted Pennsylvania suburb, a Republican takes on state regulators

By Jim Morris

Despite years of citizen complaints, factory on EPA ‘watch list’ gets new license to foul the air

Town divided over major employer's permission to pollute the air

By Howard Berkes and Sarah Harris

Community in turmoil over cement plant's permission to exceed emissions of hazardous waste incinerators — all perfectly legal

SLIDESHOW: Life in Ponca City

By Sarah Whitmire

Community coated in black mist – until citizens fought back

News from our partners

Other Poisoned Places stories from around the U.S.

Air pollution resource guide

By iWatch News

A round-up of resources to learn more, and take action, on the air quality in your area

About this project

By iWatch News

A look at the reporting process behind Poisoned Places


By Elizabeth Lucas, Robert Benincasa and David Donald

About the data collection and analysis for the Poisoned Places project

EPA's internal Clear Air Act 'watch list'

By Jim Morris

Regulators feared disclosure would make it seem like a ‘most wanted’ list


Writers and editors

Jim Morris

Managing Editor, Environment The Center for Public Integrity

Jim Morris is managing editor for environment and labor at the Center for Public Integrity.... More about Jim Morris

Chris Hamby

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

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

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

The Center for Public Integrity

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