Cancer-cluster study seeking to debunk 'Erin Brockovich' has glaring weaknesses

By David Heath

An often-cited study finds no cancer cluster in Hinkley, Calif. But it fails to focus on people who drank poisoned water.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… ho also works as an epidemiologist for the California Department of Public Health, has tenaciously tried to debunk the notion that families in the desert co …"

"… er questionable work. As an advisor to the American Council on Science and Health, which gets funding from the chemical industry, Morgan is featured on the …"

"… m his opinion,” said Stephen Lester, science director for the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a group that helps communities with environmen …"

"… s are sealed as part of a lawsuit. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment mentioned but dismissed Morgan’s work in its 2011 publ …"

From homemaker to hell-raiser in Love Canal

By Ronnie Greene

In 1978, Lois Gibbs was a mom with sick kids. Her fight prompted a president to free 900 families -- and paved the way for U.S. buyouts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Superfund":

"… st the toxins under its feet prompted the federal government to create the Superfund cleanup program and earned Gibbs the Goldman Environmental Prize. Today s …"

"… nd said yes, they could talk about loans. He asked if she had heard of the Superfund program. That moment, captured in a giant black and white picture, is a ke …"

"… homes were demolished and the school torn down. The fight helped spur the Superfund program, in which government dollars clean up toxic sites across the U.S. …"

"… repeated,” he said. In 2004, Love Canal was officially removed from the Superfund list, though some residents still raise environmental concerns. "Love Cana …"

Praise from MIT for Center and PBS collaboration on post-Erin Brockovich Hinkley, Calif.

Knight Science Journalism at MIT commends Center and PBS for reporting on toxic cleanup in California

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ronnie Greene":

"… n whether or not the chemical is toxic. The Center's David Heath and Ronnie Greene partnered with NewsHour science reporter Miles O'Brien to tell this story …"

Tackling the powerful chemical industry

By Bill Buzenberg

Investigation pushes EPA to change policies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Erin Brockovich":

"… (VI), you may recall, is the same chemical compound featured in the movie Erin Brockovich. That Oscar-winning film did much to raise awareness of chromium pollution …"

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 "California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment":

"… rengthen drinking-water standards for chromium. In 1999, scientists at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment concluded that it was safe to assume that drinking chromium may …"

Toxic clout: how Washington works (badly)

By Bill Buzenberg

How Washington works (badly)

Excerpts from this story referencing "Erin Brockovich":

"… called hexavalent chromium, which gained infamy in the Oscar-winning film Erin Brockovich. The film ends in Hollywood fashion, with the corporate polluter paying $3 …"

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 "Erin Brockovich":

"… lent chromium, best known as the toxic chemical compound from the hit film Erin Brockovich, is found in the drinking water of more than 70 million Americans, accordi …"