One-stop science shop has become a favorite of industry—and Texas

By Rosalind Adams and Lisa Song

The EPA's sluggishness in assessing chemicals has created opportunities for a consulting firm with ties to chemical and tobacco interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… onsultant who once worked as a Health scientist at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.  "So there is a large potential for bias, …"

"… on said, according to minutes of a 1995 meeting of the American Industrial Health Council, a now-defunct trade group funded by  the tobacco industry. …"

"… d for industry groups such as Dow Chemical. Most of the rest were done for Health Canada, the Canadian national Health agency.   Unlike the indus …"

"… the industry studies whose funders are not clearly identified on ITER, the Health Canada studies that pass TERA's review are conspicuously labeled as Health …"

Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters

By Lisa Song and Rosalind Adams

Amid a fracking boom, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has quietly weakened air pollution guidelines for toxic chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harris County":

"… a TCEQ report linked 1,3-butadiene and benzene to elevated cancer risks in Harris County. The county is home to Houston and many refineries and petrochemical plant …"

"… obs and philanthropy in the region." The TCEQ increased air monitoring in Harris County, but Houston wanted more concrete action. Honeycutt met frequently with El …"

Plant expansions fueled by shale gas boom to boost greenhouse gas, toxic air emissions

By Talia Buford

At least 120 planned plant expansions driven by the fracking boom collectively could release 130 million tons per year of greenhouse gases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… said Doug Vine, a senior Energy fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, a think tank. If the emissions do rise, he said, “We’re goi …"

Scientist with deep industry ties being considered for key EPA job

By David Heath

Michael Dourson is one of two candidates to lead the EPA office that determines which chemicals make people sick, and in what doses.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… e chemical industry is one of two finalists to lead the office at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that determines which chemicals can make people sick, …"

New battlefront for petrochemical industry: benzene and childhood leukemia

By Kristen Lombardi

Jarrett McElheney grew up near a cluster of petroleum storage tanks. His parents believe benzene in drinking water gave him cancer.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shanghai":

"… nancial support for an unparalleled study of workers exposed to benzene in Shanghai, China, delivering what amounted to a sales pitch for the project. They to …"

Benzene and worker cancers: 'An American tragedy'

By Kristen Lombardi

Previously secret documents illuminate a 10-year effort by petrochemical titans to counteract damning science on the carcinogen benzene.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chemistry":

"… tute but has gotten $100,000 for a small benzene project from the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main lobby group. Defenders of the Sha …"

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 "Alison Lundergan Grimes":

"… s from Democrats, particularly his Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes has already raised millions of dollars and received endorsements …"

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 "Environment":

"… y Council, has persuaded members of Congress that the findings of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services were w …"

"… pportunity to advance the science.” Richard Denison, a scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, countered: “One can only hope that this sorry episode an …"

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 "Environment":

"… s questionable influence over science has won an award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. The series won the Kevin Carmody Award for outstanding in- …"

"… he writers were David Heath, Ronnie Greene and Jim Morris. The Society of Environmental Journalists received 313 entries for seven categories of awards.  …"

"… , the Miami Herald and Chemical & Engineering News for beat reporting, Environmental Health Perspectives for feature reporting, National Geographic …"

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 "American Medical Association":

"… s in 2013," she added.) Those reporting more modest increases include the American Medical Association, Koch Industries, National Association of Broadcasters, defense contractor …"

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 "director":

"… st for the American Chemistry Council. A spokeswoman for the Maine DEP’s director, Patricia Aho, said any potential conflicts had been “thorough …"

"… e of TSCA overhaul in D.C. “It’s huge,” said Beth Ahearn, political director for the Maine Conservation Voters. “It creates all the reason we’ …"

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 "Lockheed Martin":

"… rican Hospital Association, Google, aerospace company Boeing, defense firm Lockheed Martin and telecom giant Verizon Communications. FedEx Corp., Koch Industries, J …"

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 "Karl Palmer":

"… lternatives. “We’re not only saying something should be taken out,” Karl Palmer, chief of the state’s Safer Consumer Products Branch, said in an intervi …"

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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… a similar ring to the investigation we published just last week on how the American Chemistry Council seeks to prevent states from regulating toxic chemicals. That new chemica …"

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 "Love Canal":

"… p; Justice, a nonprofit headquartered in Falls Church, Va., and founded by Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs. Defeating state bills ranks among the ACC’s notabl …"

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 "White House":

"… ting support from other federal agencies, and offering alternatives to the White House. And, the coal industry is sure to oppose strict rules in a scorched-eart …"

"… Obama administration’s carbon rules at every turn, from the EPA, to the White House, to Congress and the courts. The coal industry has flexed its political mu …"

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 "House Committee on Science, Space and Technology":

"… be having an effect. In June, for instance, two Republican members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology sent a letter to the director of the NIH, complaining about a journal arti …"

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 "Obama":

"… g writes. Sunstein did not respond to an invitation to comment. President Obama has nominated Howard Shelanski, director of the Federal Trade Commission …"

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 "scientist":

"… enter for Public Integrity-PBS NewsHour examination revealing ties between scientists and industry on a panel reviewing hexavalent chromium, a compound commonl …"

"… been expert witnesses for industry in hexavalent chromium litigation. The scientists denied any conflict and said their input was based on research, but the c …"

"… the agency,” Perciasepe said in a statement. Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, has been outspoken about industry influ …"

"… review panel also urged the EPA to wait. One was Steven Patierno, then a scientist at George Washington University, who was a consultant on ACC studies. Ano …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… s 28 years ago that the fertilizer plant in Waco was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (OSHA). There were “serious” violations reported at that time. T …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… nvolve the use of asbestos are strictly regulated" by the EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “Diaphragms made of asbestos are a critical separation medium in the c …"

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 "David Michaels":

"… th and hundreds of others who had lived near the Hinkley pumping station. David Michaels, an epidemiologist who now heads OSHA, has written extensively about this …"

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 "National Fire Protection Association":

"… ment announcing the bill’s introduction. Standards set by the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association have existed for decades, but are optional in many areas. Enforcement is o …"

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 "Rena Steinzor":

"… ientist to realize that this is corrupt and unacceptable,” contends Rena Steinzor, a law professor at the University of Maryland and president of the Center …"

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 …"