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 "California":

"… cluded a story on a prominent public-health scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, who quietly made millions of dollars working for chemical compa …"

Top environment investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite environment and workers' rights investigations from 2013.

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 "John Morgan":

"… true-life plight of a California town with poisoned water, state scientist John Morgan was calling claims of a cancer cluster there pure fiction. For the past 1 …"

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 "Health":

"… umors. The National Toxicology Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, cited the compound as a “clear carcinogen.” The EPA planned to revis …"

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 "author":

"… to tell this story that may not have otherwise been told. The blog's author, Deborah Blum, writes: "In a media world in which these kinds of co …"

Tackling the powerful chemical industry

By Bill Buzenberg

Investigation pushes EPA to change policies

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 "industry consultant":

"… that was 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 …"

Toxic clout: how Washington works (badly)

By Bill Buzenberg

How Washington works (badly)

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 "Health":

"… er, an independent consultant who once worked at the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, a North Carolina research institute formed in the 1970s by leade …"

"… of pharmacology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences who had conducted numerous studies on the metal. Patierno, now th …"

Many private wells across U.S. are contaminated with arsenic and other elements

By Marla Cone

Throughout the nation, metals and other elements are tainting private drinking water wells at concentrations that pose a health concern