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 "Society of Environmental Journalists":

"… l industry's questionable influence over science has won an award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. The series won the Kevin Carmody Award for outstanding in-depth reportin …"

"… raud.” The writers were David Heath, Ronnie Greene and Jim Morris. The Society of Environmental Journalists received 313 entries for seven categories of awards.  Other winners …"

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 "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ng on rodent studies, but as Morgan says, “We’re not big rats.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached the same conclusion internally as California’s EPA — that …"

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 "George Washington University":

"… also urged the EPA to wait. One was Steven Patierno, then a scientist at George Washington University, who was a consultant on ACC studies. Another was Joshua Hamilton, a scie …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… it laid out $12.6 million on lobbying, four times the amount spent by the National Rifle Association. David Fischer, a senior director at the ACC, defended the group’s resea …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… nese most frequently exceeded either health standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency or health-based guidelines developed by the USGS and the EPA.Arsenic, …"