Texas weakens chemical exposure guidelines, opens door for polluters

By Lisa Song and Rosalind Adams

Amid a fracking boom, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has quietly weakened air pollution guidelines for toxic chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… the new guideline as the reason for the delisting. …"

"… weaker, or less health-protective, than the old one. The decision by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) was a boon for oil refineries, …"

"… ry agency in the U.S. that's done that." The benzene decision was part of Texas’ sweeping overhaul of its air pollution guidelines. An analysis by Insid …"

"… ervised by TCEQ toxicologist Michael Honeycutt, who began updating the way Texas develops its guidelines in 2003, when he was promoted to division chief. A …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… hy, and Dan Fagin for his book on a cancer cluster in Toms River, N.J. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coal":

"… ears, helping to defeat the benefits claims of sick miners. Keep reading Coal's doctors of choice A surprising force has helped industry defeat black …"

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 …"

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 "Union of Concerned Scientists":

"… ca Grifo, a senior policy fellow and expert on scientific integrity at the Union of Concerned Scientists. One key change: After an EPA-hired contractor selects members of a scien …"

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

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 "Hexavalent chromium":

"… ssments based on the new research. Both would come to the same conclusion. Hexavalent chromium is safe only in miniscule doses. Yet the American Chemistry Council plann …"

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 "Rena Steinzor":

"… ientist to realize that this is corrupt and unacceptable,” contends Rena Steinzor, a law professor at the University of Maryland and president of the Center …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… new study’s maps. Others are found in Illinois, Ohio, south Florida and New Jersey.“Arsenic is definitely a national problem with a local flavor,” Ayotte …"