Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… es and GOP-aligned groups, including ads run during Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s primary against tea party challenger Matt Bevin. McConnell would almo …"

National Academy of Sciences agrees with EPA that formaldehyde causes cancer

By David Heath

To the chemical industry's chagrin, a National Academy of Sciences review found that formaldehyde causes cancer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… eing declared a known carcinogen. The industry’s chief lobby group, the American Chemistry Council, has persuaded members of Congress that the findings of both the Environme …"

"… e 2011” report, Cal Dooley, president and chief executive officer of the American Chemistry Council, said in a statement titled “The Safety of Formaldehyde is Well-Studied …"

"… fer Sass, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, called the American Chemistry Council’s efforts “a vicious attack on government scientific assessments [mean …"

"… f the 2011 formaldehyde review. Forty-seven assessments are affected. The American Chemistry Council said in its statement that the academy “misses an opportunity to advance …"

Center honored for revealing chemical industry influence over science

"Toxic Clout" investigation into chemical industry wins an award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemical":

"… River, N.J. …"

"… ll-market outlet. "This year-long investigation convincingly revealed how chemical industry influence and regulatory malaise create uncertainty and delay, pu …"

"… of California, Berkeley, who quietly made millions of dollars working for chemical companies without disclosing conflicts. Another story uncovered how scient …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… year’s first quarter than they did the year before, according to a Center for Public Integrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center f …"

States target toxic chemicals as Washington fails to act

By Ronnie Greene

In state capitols from Maine to Oregon, environmental advocates are filing bills to identify and ban noxious chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… publican State Sen. Doug Ericksen, chair of the Washington legislature’s Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee, said the bill as proposed …"

Pro-Vitter super PAC fueled by energy interests

By Julie Patel and Erin Quinn

A super PAC backing Sen. David Vitter's run for governor got most of its money last year from energy interests, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… n, La., gave $25,000. The political group also received $100,000 from the American Chemistry Council — whose members include Marathon Petroleum, Northern Tier Energy and aff …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… healthy $820,000 during the third quarter. “We know President Obama and Harry Reid are counting votes and will move to pass any gun control bill they can whe …"

California bypasses feds, presses ahead on regulation of toxic chemicals

By Ronnie Greene

The state formally adopts new rules that go well beyond the flimsy federal protection net weakened by decades of D.C. delay.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ces. The federal Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976, grants the Environmental Protection Agency power to require testing of dangerous compounds. Yet some four decades lat …"

Timeless investigations now found in one place

By Bill Buzenberg

Find copies of print and digital books published by the Center during the past 25 years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "dangerous chemicals":

"… n in America. The industry also seeks to prevent reasonable regulations of dangerous chemicals in the United States. The book has a similar ring to the investigation we …"

In new battleground over toxic reform, American Chemistry Council targets the states

By Ronnie Greene

The fight between industry and activists over regulation of toxic chemicals has shifted from Washington, D.C., to state venues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… to smother toxics reform bills filed in states fed up with logjams at the Environmental Protection Agency. Connecticut is just one snapshot of a larger picture …"

"… rk,” said Steve Lester, science director for the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a nonprofit headquartered in Falls Church, Va., and founded …"

"… dding of an ACC lobbyist. In Maine, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Patricia Aho, was an ACC lobbyist before taking office in 20 …"

"… ildren's Products Are Free of Cadmium An Act To Provide the Department of Environmental Protection with Regulatory Flexibility Regarding the Listing of Priority …"

Best of friends: Baltimore mayor, chemical lobbyist

By Ronnie Greene

As she lobbies City Hall, the ACC's Lisa Harris Jones remains exceedingly close to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… y are on vacation or doing these other things together."    …"

How industry beats back environmental regulations

By Bill Buzenberg

Center investigations show the tactics, including lobbying and campaign donations, used to get around policies protecting the public.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… p;$14.2 million into federal campaign contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics; another $41 million went toward lobbying the federal government …"

Industry muscle targets federal 'Report on Carcinogens'

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry":

"… agencies for doing too little to protect public health, not too much. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the CDC, was skewered at hearings on high levels of formalde …"

Lautenberg chemical bill drawing skepticism

By Sam Pearson

A much-heralded bill to reform chemical safety is stirring concern among some state officials and environmental groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… won the endorsement of nine Senate Republicans, along with the influential American Chemistry Council, a trade group.  A council spokesman called it “a balanced, compre …"

'Chemicals of Concern' list still wrapped in OMB red tape

By Jim Morris

The EPA wants to release a list of 'chemicals of concern' for public comment, but the list remains locked up with the White House OMB.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… a year. What’s so threatening about the chemicals of concern list? The American Chemistry Council, a trade group, did not respond to requests for comment. In a statement t …"

EPA adds safeguards to spotlight conflicts on scientific panels

By David Heath and Ronnie Greene

The Environmental Protection Agency announced new steps Friday to help reveal potential conflicts of interest in scientific review panels.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Working Group":

"… in the drinking water of more than 70 million Americans, according to the Environmental Working Group. New animal studies published in 2008 showed that mice and rats given hig …"

Why strong regulatory agencies matter

By Bill Buzenberg

If the Center is doing its job right, then our work should anticipate the news. Unfortunately, that happened with an explosion in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Transportation Safety Board":

"… high consequence.” Yet the Chemical Safety Board — modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board — is able to investigate only a handful, and then often takes years more …"

U.S. asbestos imports condemned by health experts, activists

By Jim Morris

More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to cancer and other diseases. The United States isn't one of them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… building materials, insulation, automobile brakes and other products. The United States isn’t one of them. Last year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 1 …"

"… tied to asbestos exposure, said she’s “appalled and disgusted that the United States still allows the importation of asbestos to meet so-called manufacturing n …"

"… gest asbestos producer, followed by China and Brazil. Asbestos use in the United States has plummeted from its peak of 803,000 metric tons in 1973. Still, attempt …"

Tackling the powerful chemical industry

By Bill Buzenberg

Investigation pushes EPA to change policies

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… PA’s delay was caused in part by waiting for new studies paid for by the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade group and lobbyist. And, some of the …"

How industry scientists stalled action on carcinogen

By David Heath

Tens of millions of Americans drink tap water tainted with chromium. But industry pushback has made it hard for the EPA to regulate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… they were both leaders in the chrome industry’s efforts to dissuade the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from setting stricter rules for airborne chromium in the workplace. OSHA p …"

Toxic clout: how Washington works (badly)

By Bill Buzenberg

How Washington works (badly)

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… ence and policy is extremely powerful. Much like the clout of the NRA, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is an industry trade association that often acts to create uncertain …"

"… cy to delay action — citing, among other issues, pending research by the American Chemistry Council. The EPA agreed to put off action. The EPA was unaware that three of the p …"

House bill targets deadly dust explosions

By Chris Hamby

House Democrats are pushing a bill requiring safety steps to curb combustible dust explosions -- a hazard examined in a 2012 Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… shed back, arguing for exemptions or calling the measure unnecessary. The American Chemistry Council has taken one of the strongest positions opposing the rule, saying in a st …"

EPA unaware of industry ties on cancer review panel

By David Heath and Ronnie Greene

An EPA panel appointed to study hexavalent chromium included scientists who had consulted for industry in lawsuits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… aths. The chemical industry’s trade association and chief lobbyist, the American Chemistry Council, urged the EPA to wait for more research, a common practice to delay actio …"

"… wait for the results of new studies costing $4 million and paid for by the American Chemistry Council. The EPA decided to wait at the urging of a panel of scientists chosen to …"

"… on the EPA panel. Another scientist who urged the EPA to wait for the American Chemistry Council studies served as a consultant on those studies. “You don’t have to b …"

"… a took office had been a primary author of research articles funded by the American Chemistry Council over the past dozen years. In all, 11 of the 68 members appointed to EPA …"

Ouster of scientist from EPA panel shows industry clout

By Ronnie Greene and David Heath

The removal of a respected Maine toxicologist from a panel six years ago reveals industry influence on EPA's IRIS program

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… try. Yet the EPA removed Rice from the panel after an intense push by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), an industry lobbying group that accused her of bias. Her supposed c …"

U.S. report urges deeper look into breast cancer's environmental links

By Jim Morris

A new federal report urges enhanced research into potential environmental triggers of breast cancer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "cancer":

"… akes a forceful case for more research into environmental causes of breast cancer, which was diagnosed in 227,000 women, killed 40,000 and cost more than $1 …"

"… esearch Coordinating Committee, the report notes that most cases of breast cancer “occur in people with no family history,” suggesting that “environme …"

"… of federal research funding has gone toward examining links between breast cancer and ubiquitous chemicals such as the plastic hardening agent bisphenol A; …"

"… ical-intensive industry were nearly five times as likely to develop breast cancer, prior to menopause, as women in a control group. “That was essentially …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cancer":

"… we are doing so at our own peril.”Jeanne Rizzo, president of the Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco-based group that has pressed for more research into …"

"… he same time, Keith and Brophy convinced officials at the Windsor Regional Cancer Center to begin collecting work histories of Cancer patients. This led to …"

"… uto industry.The new study, funded by groups including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario Region, examined a population twice as large and featur …"

"… d them from becoming so ubiquitous in the environment.”The President’s Cancer Panel, an advisory committee in the United States attached to the National …"

Bush EPA chief urges action on chemical hazards

By Alice Su

Former EPA administrator says agency should use Clean Air Act to impose stricter safety standards on chemical facilities.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush":

"… istine Todd Whitman, Environmental Protection Agency chief under George W. Bush, urged the EPA Tuesday to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to imp …"

"… that included representatives of labor and environmental groups.   As Bush’s EPA administrator, Whitman was prepared to unveil a pro …"

Clean Air Act case brings $1 million penalty

By Alice Su

The EPA issues a $1 million fine against a global plastics producer for alleged Clean Air Act violations in Alabama and Indiana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… It’s just tradition to let business do what they want in Indiana.” …"

OSHA rules on workplace toxics stalled

By Jim Morris

Rules that would reduce worker exposures to two well-known lung hazards, beryllium and silica, are stuck in the regulatory pipeline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… gas deposits. Dust ensues.Industry isn’t giving in. In a statement, the American Chemistry Council called a new silica rule “unnecessary,” saying it “could threaten te …"

Unchecked dust explosions kill, injure hundreds of workers

By Chris Hamby

After bureaucratic hurdles, industry pushback and political calculations, there is no fix in sight.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… no federal intervention in our industry is justified or required.” The American Chemistry Council has taken a harder line, arguing that a new rule is unnecessary. “We bel …"

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