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.

'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 "ExxonMobil":

"… ” naphtha, a liquid mixture of volatile petrochemicals, occurring at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge petrochemical complex a half mile away. Four hours earlier, E …"

"… s valve leak has played out again and again at the sprawling, 2,400-acre ExxonMobil Baton Rouge complex, which encompasses an oil refinery and a chemical plan …"

"… leases over these years; at its height, the facility averaged two a week. ExxonMobil Baton Rouge questions the Bucket Brigade’s analysis, calling it “likel …"

"… sions. Two facilities the Club sued rank among the state’s top emitters: ExxonMobil, whose petrochemical complex in Baytown has released 5.1 million pounds of …"

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.

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 "oil refinery":

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

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

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 "Tonawanda Coke Corp.":

"… rom a state regulator, they figured out the main source was a plant called Tonawanda Coke Corp., a relic of the industrial age that since 1917 has been producing material …"

"… mholz “did corruptly influence” EPA’s inspection “by instructing a Tonawanda Coke Corp.ration employee to conceal” that the pressure release valve “during nor …"

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 "Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement":

"… les, with workers farther out being watched by the U.S. Coast Guard or the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.Lautenberg’s Senate bill, the Safe Dispersants Act, would mandate EPA te …"