Groups sue to force EPA's hand on oil and gas emissions

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Nine groups sue to force the EPA to decide whether emissions from oil and gas extraction should be publicly reported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… a key federal inventory, but not the companies that extract oil and gas. Environmental and open-government groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection …"

"… oil and gas. Environmental and open-government groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency two years ago to add the industry to its Toxics Releas …"

"… group not to report,” said the suit’s lead attorney, Adam Kron of the Environmental Integrity Project, a nonprofit group that presses for enforcement of pol …"

"… wrote the coalition’s then-president, Kathryn Z. Klaber. Last year the Environmental Integrity Project released an analysis suggesting that the larger sites, …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… on hold. Officials opposing the ban are seeking further meetings with the president, according to a report in the Sri Lankan daily The Island. The office of …"

"… ng glyphosate last year, but it was not signed into law by the country’s president. Recently Sri Lanka has drawn international attention for singling out gl …"

"… ussions beyond the island’s borders. El Salvador recently elected a new president, Salvador Sánchez-Cerén, and proponents of the pesticide ban passed by E …"

Japan confirms it will return some nuclear explosive materials to U.S.

By Douglas Birch

The amount of plutonium is a small fraction of what the country could soon begin making annually.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… Kenneth Luongo, a former Department of Energy policy advisor and current president of the Partnership for Global Security, called Monday’s announcement of …"

Improving security for nuclear explosives remains a diplomatic struggle

By Douglas Birch

A two-day international summit attended by President Obama next week is unlikely to move beyond stopgap measures and vague promises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… t the March 24-25 summit in the Netherlands — convened at President Obama’s initiative — for the first time includes a suggestion that nati …"

"… y. At a speech in Seoul during the 2012 nuclear security summit, President Obama summarized U.S. concerns about plutonium stockpiles. “We simply can’t …"

"… ect or consolidate their stocks of weapons-grade uranium. Since President Obama took office in 2009, the number of countries with at least one kilogram of …"

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… ed with renal disorders either in Sri Lanka or elsewhere,” said Monsanto spokesman Thomas Helscher. “The paper presents a theory, the theory has not been t …"

Japan agrees to return some plutonium

By Douglas Birch

After years of resistance, Japan agrees to return a portion of plutonium to the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… t or wouldn’t post armed guards with security clearances at the sites in Texas, New Mexico, and California where most of its bomb fuels are stored. With …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… pod-mounted bazooka, called “the Davy Crockett.” That same year, New Yorker writer John McPhee published a book about Taylor — The Curve …"

"… tolen anywhere could theoretically wind up in a bomb in Detroit, Denver or New York. Just a few pounds worth of plutonium? There’s been a ghoulish debate …"

"… official circles. “Just one nuclear weapon exploded in a city — be it New York or Moscow; Tokyo or Beijing; London or Paris — could kill hundreds of th …"

CDC launches industry-financed studies of deadly kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

The CDC launches industry-funded research into a kidney disease killing thousands of Central American agricultural workers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicine":

"… jective science,” said Dr. Cary Gross, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and its Program for Biomedical Ethics. The “occupational illness” div …"

Global progress seen in securing nuclear materials

By Douglas Birch

Ranking given to the United States for its security of nuclear materials slips over the past two years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… . The countries were Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Sweden, Ukraine and Vietnam. But he said inadequate security for fissile materials still …"

High bladder cancer rate shrouds New York plant, exposing chemical hazards in the workplace

By Jim Morris

A decades-long spate of bladder cancer at a Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y. spotlights limits of regulation over dangerous chemicals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicine":

"… oxicologist at DuPont’s Haskell Laboratory for Toxicology and Industrial Medicine. In a deposition a half-century later, the lab’s retired director, John …"

"… en protected,” he said. Indeed, a photograph in Modern Occupational Medicine, a 1954 textbook edited by Zapp and two other DuPont employees, shows a wo …"

Push against offshore secrecy an uphill battle

By Michael Hudson

Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… uld hurt island nations’ fragile economies. The lobbying paid off. The Bush administration announced in May 2001 that it was withdrawing U.S. support for the OECD’ …"

Shining examples of cross-border journalism recognized at international conference

By Bill Buzenberg

ICIJ presented its annual Daniel Pearl awards at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… the spread of drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis that have swept across India and beyond. Journal reporters found that the spread of the disease was exa …"

"… o prioritize regular TB at the expense of drug-resistant strains, and that Indian health authorities had sought to suppress evidence of what was happening. …"

Money, research target mystery kidney disease in Americas

By Sasha Chavkin

Escalating a search for the cause of a mysterious kidney disease, health ministers from the Americas target money and research to CKD.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… al Consortium of Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease is afflicting agricultural workers along Central America’s Pac …"

"… nd for PAHO, which in 2011 rejected a proposal by El Salvador to recognize chronic kidney disease in agricultural workers as a distinct new form of illness and designate it …"

"… disease, and contended that agrochemicals are the primary culprit. Today, chronic kidney disease is the leading cause of hospital deaths in El Salvador, the PAHO resolutio …"

"… aid. “The science advanced together with political advocacy. People with chronic kidney disease of non-traditional causes are people who are not recognized, who are exclu …"

Julie Patel joins Center for Public Integrity's federal politics reporting team

By The Center for Public Integrity

Veteran reporter Julie Patel previously worked for San Jose Mercury News, South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Excerpts from this story referencing "investigative reporter":

"… izens United v. Federal Election Commission. "Julie Patel is a relentless investigative reporter and consummate storyteller, and we're delighted to welcome her," Center fo …"

"… ce peddling in the nation's capital." Since 2012, Patel worked as an investigative reporter for WAMU-FM 88.5, the National Public Radio affiliate in Washington, D.C. …"

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… -selling pesticides for a potential link to kidney disease. Meanwhile, in India, new research from Harvard University and the state of Andhra Pradesh foun …"

"… workers along Central America’s Pacific Coast, and in Sri Lanka and India. A recent study estimated that the ailment has killed more than 20,000 peo …"

"… e most striking new clues come from the state of Andhra Pradesh in eastern India. Preliminary findings by a research team from Harvard University and the …"

"… isk of CKD. Silica is used in some pesticides, including in brands used in India. Dr. Ajay Singh of Harvard University, one of the study’s directors, sa …"

Coal industry, Hill allies target fine print of Obama climate plan

By Kristen Lombardi

President Obama's climate plan, vital to his green agenda, is drawing close scrutiny — and sharp critiques — from powerful coal forces.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… ut our country at a competitive disadvantage with countries like China and India, who are building new coal-fired power plants every day,” Pack added. N …"

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… al Consortium of Investigative Journalists has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America …"

Center kidney disease series honored by Society of Environmental Journalists

A CPI examination of a rare kidney disease that has afflicted laborers and vexed researchers across continents is honored.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… the similarity of kidney disease afflicting primarily male farm workers in India, Sri Lanka, and Central America,” judges wrote. “This work is also not …"

Global impact of ‘Offshore Leaks’ grows

By Bill Buzenberg

The global impact of our latest international investigation has been astonishing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… ave been launched in Israel, South Korea, the Philippines, Greece, Canada, India, Mongolia, Austria and Australia. In Europe, the EU’s top tax official …"

Canada buoyed by former U.S. ambassador

By Reity O'Brien

Former U.S. ambassador in Ottawa now representing Canadian governments, interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… for the Forest Products Association of Canada in in 2009. The Republic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — t …"

"… ic of India hired Robert Blackwill — a Bush Administration ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agencies on the U.S.-India civil nuclear …"

"… ambassador to India — to lobby Congress and federal agencies on the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreements, records show. Wilkins says he has not breached …"

Join ICIJ's 'Secrecy for Sale' reporters for Google Hangout

Six ICIJ reporters from around the world will answer your questions about 'Secrecy for Sale' in a live video event.

Excerpts from this story referencing "India":

"… France, Germany, Canada, Mongolia, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, India, Venezuela and The Phillipines, to name (more than) a few. Stories us …"

Authorities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia announce new international tax haven investigation

Government data appears similar to 2.5 million secret files unearthed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Croatia":

"… zerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy …"

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about big banks’ devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

By Michael Hudson

JPMorgan Chase’s record highlights doubts about devotion to fighting flow of dirty money

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Wall Street Journal":

"… illions of dollars in daily cash flows. JPMorgan’s general counsel told The Wall Street Journal: “Think if you’re running a railroad, and we say to you, ‘We want yo …"

New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… two years, the Center for Public Integrity has examined how a rare type of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along Central America …"

"… esearch of the disease, created a multidisciplinary internal task force on chronic kidney disease in Central America, and pledged to help fund a national survey by El Salva …"

"… ide, including in countless areas not affected by this distinctive form of chronic kidney disease. The El Salvador sample of CKD patients from Ciudad Romero — the commun …"

Chris Christie on hunt for D.C. campaign cash

By Dave Levinthal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set to rake in campaign riches at home of powerful D.C. lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… ce battle there in which both accused each other of affairs and desertion. …"

"… ed to donate up to $3,800 for the governor's re-election efforts, although New Jersey law prohibits entities in certain regulated industries — such as casinos …"

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… s, whose profits and stock prices spiraled downward. Shares of Chesapeake Energy, for example, the No. 1 producer in Pennsylvania and No. 2 nationwide, rea …"

"… rofits Gas companies are now seeking authorization from the Department of Energy to export the gas overseas, where demand is higher. They already have per …"

"… in limbo. Approval may hinge on the conclusions published last month in an Energy Department report on exports. The status of the permits will remain undeci …"

"… . was on track to become an importer of natural gas as resources ran low. Energy companies built multibillion-dollar LNG import facilities up and down the …"

In Sri Lanka, new steps target mysterious kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

In Sri Lanka, the president vows controls on chemicals potentially linked to chronic kidney disease, as hospitals take steps for patients.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chronic kidney disease":

"… id growing concern the chemicals are helping fuel a mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease devastating its north central region.In September, in Mystery in the Field …"

"… in the Fields, the Center for Public Integrity explored how a rare form of chronic kidney disease is killing agricultural workers in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. S …"

"… re “causative factors” for the ailment – which they have named CKDu, chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology. Despite prior warnings from the WHO to reduce farmers …"

Global power will shift by 2030

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A new US intelligence report forecasts an end to US predominance

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… economy), population size, and military spending.And by 2030, countries in Asia will have surpassed the United States in many of these power metrics, mean …"

"… 8 years but instead a collection of “networks and coalitions” in which Asian nations and rising economic powers such as India, Brazil, Colombia, Indon …"

Study spotlights high breast cancer risk for plastics workers

By Jim Morris

Researchers cite breast cancer risks in Canadian plastic auto parts factories — with potential implications in the U.S. and beyond.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Plastics":

"… ry Eisenberg, a spokesman for another U.S. trade group, the Society of the Plastics Industry, declined to comment on the study, saying, “We don’t have the …"

"… pational Health and Environmental Issues Committee since 1985.The Canadian Plastics Industry Association did not respond to requests for comment. The presiden …"

Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

By The Associated Press

The nation decides: Voters choose between Romney, Obama as the man who'll best fix the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob Kerrey":

"… ischer picked up a seat for Republicans in Nebraska, defeating former Sen. Bob Kerrey. In Maine, independent former Gov. Angus King was elected to …"

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