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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "NPR":

"… of a 2011 series, Poisoned Places, by the Center for Public Integrity and NPR. In March, a federal jury confirmed the community’s long-standing fears …"

'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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP refinery":

"… osed to the poster child of all upsets — the “40-day Release” at the BP refinery, in Texas City, which belched 514,795 pounds of benzene and 20 other pollu …"

BP engulfed in lawsuit over 40-day Texas flare

By Kristen Lombardi

Two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP was involved in another major pollution case in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… at’s behind.”Regulators have also raised questions. In 2010, the Texas attorney general sued BP for multiple violations of the Texas Clean Air Act, alleging “a …"

In U.S. Steel town, fatal gas explosion goes unpunished by OSHA

By Jim Morris

The 2009 death of Nick Revetta exposes flaws in the system designed to protect American workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delaware":

"… ety supervisor in OSHA's Region 3 office, covering Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., urged inspectors …"

"… about Jeff Davis, a boilermaker at the Motiva Enterprises oil refinery in Delaware whose body “literally dissolved” in sulfuric acid after a storage-tank …"

Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections

By Jim Morris

Publication of a landmark government study of lung cancer in miners is delayed by an industry group and its congressional allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… lock and key.Richard Clapp, emeritus professor of environmental health at Boston University, is among several public health experts who called the situation unusual." …"

"… IARC reassessment - assuming the findings are published by then.Clapp, of Boston University, said the mining industry has an incentive to keep any bad news about dies …"

EPA's Toxics Release Inventory doesn't offer full picture of pollution

By Corbin Hiar

Agency database shows emissions are down overall, but self-reporting makes the data suspect

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "manager":

"… ts, and decided to blow the whistle on his former boss. He had worked as a manager at Tonawanda Coke for 25 years but left the plant in 2005, when the owner …"

"… because he feared he could face prosecution for his own actions as a plant manager.It was a breakthrough for the group; it finally had someone to contact whe …"

"… rs questioned the worker, who told them he was following the environmental manager’s direction.Two months later, in June 2009, the state held another publi …"

"… a criminal case.A 20-count federal indictment charges the company and its manager of environmental controls, Mark L. Kamholz, with violating the Clean Air A …"

Senate bill aims to tighten regulation of oil spill dispersants

By Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

Reacting to health worries about chemical dispersants used in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg intro

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gulf of Mexico":

"… health worries about chemical dispersants used in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg introduced legislation on Wednesday that …"