Center honored for revealing chemical industry influence over science

"Toxic Clout" investigation into chemical industry wins an award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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 "Erin Brockovich":

"… ll yeah, it was hurting people all that time?” …"

"… his analysis, Morgan said, “Now, what I presumed was you're going after Erin Brockovich.” Limitations of epidemiology Whether anyone in Hinkley got cancer from …"

"… pockets. “I've heard different reports of $2 million or $3 million that Erin Brockovich received herself. And yet, she is the humanitarian. Well, I'm more humanit …"

"… s 20/20 in which John Stossel uses his work to debunk the claims in Erin Brockovich that drinking hexavalent chromium can hurt people. The American Coun …"

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 …"

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 "Erin Brockovich":

"… on lawsuit. The suit was made famous in the Hollywood movie Erin Brockovich.  Regulators have been slow to act on the problem of chromium (VI) i …"

Tackling the powerful chemical industry

By Bill Buzenberg

Investigation pushes EPA to change policies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chromium":

"… all government action on Chromium worked on the studies delaying the EPA. Chromium (VI), you may recall, is the same chemical compound featured in the movie …"

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 "Lockheed Martin Corp.":

"… ce for Responsible Water Policy was bankrolled by General Electric Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., two companies entangled in chromium cleanups. A strategic action pl …"

Toxic clout: how Washington works (badly)

By Bill Buzenberg

How Washington works (badly)

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… public health.   In a new series of stories called Toxic Clout, The Center for Public Integrity is exploring how the chemical industry operates behind the scenes. We want …"

"… esday, March 6th, to see a special report produced in partnership with The Center for Public Integrity. This report features a chemical compound that more than 70 million Amer …"

"… rom illnesses. But in real life, that is not the end of the story. As the Center for Public Integrity has reported, the EPA was poised to cite evidence of cancer risks in hexav …"

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 "California":

"… n Hinkley. PG&E said it paid him $110,000. Hamilton appeared before a California Regional Water Quality Control Board on June 8, 2011, to speak on behalf o …"

"… , on July 6, 2011. Hamilton’s consulting work included criticism of the California EPA’s own scientific assessment of chromium (VI), which was nearly ident …"

"… ncy’s findings did not represent “established science.” He described California’s regulations as “overly protective.” The PG&E director in char …"

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