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 "FedEx":

"… ional Association of Broadcasters, defense contractor United Technologies, FedEx Corp., health firm Amgen, Shell Oil, Prudential Financial, JPMorgan Chase …"

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 "Vermont":

"… ided to go ahead on our own, because we cannot wait for TSCA reform.” …"

"… eople are losing patience,” said Justin Johnson, deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency for Natural Resources. As the Center for Public Integrity reported …"

"… donations, has helped beat back hundreds of state bills in recent years. Vermont’s Johnson is among the state officials who understand the argument that …"

"… act has grown stale. “I’ve been personally to the statehouse here in Vermont for five years in a row. ‘Let’s wait and see what the feds do,’” s …"

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 "Energy":

"… mistry Council — whose members include Marathon Petroleum, Northern Tier Energy and affiliates of BP, Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil — and $30,000 from V …"

"… ffiliates of BP, Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil — and $30,000 from Valero Energy's political action committee. Many of the contributions were tied to offs …"

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 "Obama":

"… esentative for the association could not be reached for comment. Ahead of Obamacare implementation on Oct. 1, drug makers Amgen Inc. ($2.52 million) and G …"

"… r spent a 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 bi …"

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 "California":

"… …"

"… yond the flimsy federal protection net weakened by decades of D.C. delay. California’s Safer Consumer Products Regulations, described as the first of its kin …"

"… priority products containing them. Companies manufacturing those goods in California will have to launch detailed assessments to see whether safer chemicals ar …"

"… arts out small, but it sends a big message,” Debbie Raphael, director of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, said in a statement. “Smart …"

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 "Lisa Harris Jones":

"… In Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is so close to ACC lobbyist Lisa Harris Jones, the city leader officiated at Jones’ Nevada wedding to a partnering lob …"

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 "Obama":

"… dustry’s tactics.   As Kristen describes in detail, President Obama gave a key speech at Georgetown University on June 25 outli …"

"… e utility trade groups are already airing TV ads identifying the Obama plan as “a tax we can least afford.” If past patterns are any indicat …"

"… atterns are any indication, these groups will work to delay and weaken the Obama administration’s carbon rules at every turn, from the EPA, to the White …"

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 "California":

"… o obtain data underlying a federally funded study out of the University of California, Berkeley, linking formaldehyde to leukemia. The study helped inform the l …"

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 "California":

"… the legislation could preempt stricter chemical regulations in states like California, known for its environmental laws, many of which were passed by voter …"

"… against retailers who violate the restrictions. In a statement Thursday, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control said it was “reviewing the fe …"

"… vironmental Defense Fund, said the bill could override the requirements of California’s Proposition 65, which requires the state to maintain a list of chemica …"

'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 "Law":

"… on recently departed OIRA director Cass Sunstein, now teaching at Harvard Law School. In his new book, “Simpler: The Future of Government,” Sun …"

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 "consultant":

"… even Patierno, then a scientist at George Washington University, who was a consultant on ACC studies. Another was Joshua Hamilton, a scientist at the Marine Bi …"

"… polluted the water in Hinkley, Calif., with chromium, hired Hamilton as a consultant in 2009. Hamilton said that just before the EPA peer-review panel met, PG …"

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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… trends and prevent future accidents. However, industry groups, such as the American Chemistry Council, and major companies, such as Dow Chemical, pushed back, trying to narrow …"

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 "California":

"… decades that safer substitutes exist,” said Reinstein, president of the California-based Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. “We’re facing a public …"

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 "consultant":

"… 40 times lower than the existing U.S. drinking-water limit. One industry consultant warned that if this standard became law, it would cost $11 billion to clea …"

"… aught Beaumont’s attention. The site revealed that Zhang was a consultant to McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineering Corp., the company that at the t …"

"… wers was Steven Patierno, a former PG&E expert witness who served as a consultant on the ToxStrategies’ studies. In January, the NTP published new r …"

Toxic clout: how Washington works (badly)

By Bill Buzenberg

How Washington works (badly)

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… anelists urging delay had in fact worked on behalf of industry in Hinkley, California — site of the Brockovich legal fight. This is type of conflict of inter …"

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 "consultant":

"… ged the EPA to wait for the American Chemistry Council studies served as a consultant on those studies. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize …"

"… a real problem, in my opinion,” said Frederick J. Miller, an independent consultant who once worked at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, a North Caro …"

"… ngton University, told the Center for Public Integrity that Patierno was a consultant on the research. Max Costa, now a professor at New York University’s me …"

"… mp;E chromium lawsuit that settled in 2006 and worked for the company as a consultant again starting in 2009, according to PG&E. PG&E acknowledged that …"

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 "consultant":

"… no financial link to industry — was booted. “It wasn’t like I was a consultant, saying this stuff is really bad because someone is paying me to do it. I …"

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 "Breast":

"… ed States last year. Compiled by the congressionally mandated Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee, the report notes …"

"… Rizzo, co-chair of the committee and president of the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Fund, said in an interview. “There really is a problem, and until …"

"… ropriated by Congress from 1992 through 2012 for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, 75 percent went toward “basic biology and treat …"

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 "Toronto":

"… said Knight, 53, who now works at a Ford parts distribution center near Toronto. She had a single mastectomy and, following 10 years of hormonal treatment …"

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 "Obama":

"… ronmental and public health organizations signed a letter asking President Obama to “take executive action to ensure that high-risk chemical facilities f …"

"… eir obligation under the Clean Air Act … ” The letter quotes then-Sen. Obama’s own 2006 reference to chemical plants as “stationary weapons of mass …"

"… has “a White House that is willing to move forward,” Whitman said. If Obama does not get reelected, she said, it will be “even more difficult” to …"

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 "American Chemistry Council":

"… il, the plant won three Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards from the American Chemistry Council.SABIC said in a news release at the time that such recognition demonstrate …"

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 "David Michaels":

"… covering workers in the private sector,” former DOE assistant secretary David Michaels, then with George Washington University, wrote in his 2008 book about corp …"

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 "Butler":

"… esn’t exist. ‘Past time to issue a standard’ Four years ago, Jamie Butler sat on a curb outside the burning wreckage of the packing building at the …"

"… he worst dust explosions in U.S. history. There had been a ball of flame, Butler recalled, and then fire everywhere — on the walls, on machines, in the a …"

"… that had built up over the years fueled the explosions and rained down on Butler and his co-workers. Butler had found a hole that had been blown in the wa …"

"… years fueled the explosions and rained down on Butler and his co-workers. Butler had found a hole that had been blown in the wall and made it, with his bro …"

Former Bush EPA chief sounds alarm on chemical security

By Jim Morris

Former EPA chief Whitman urges administrator Jackson to seal security gaps 'before a tragedy of historic proportions occurs.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… te, a high-strength bleach. (The Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C., did so voluntarily not long after 9/11; the Clorox Co. began phasing out …"

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

By Caitlin Ginley

Our State Integrity Investigation reveals corruption risks in all 50 states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… taxpayers to track government spendingThere remain a few holdouts. Idaho, Vermont, and Michigan still have no financial disclosure requirements for lawmaker …"

"… to access government records. But nearly every law is riddled with holes. Vermont’s Public Records Act boasts more than 260 exemptions, one of which almos …"

Low doses of some chemicals tied to health effects

By Marla Cone

Scientists see links to infertility, heart disease and other disorders from exposure to small amounts of hormone-altering chemicals

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Missouri":

"… ay in the scientific journal Endocrine Reviews. Authors include scientists University of Missouri's Frederick vom Saal, who has linked low doses of bisphenol A to a variety …"