In new battleground over toxic reform, American Chemistry Council targets the states

By Ronnie Greene

The fight between industry and activists over regulation of toxic chemicals has shifted from Washington, D.C., to state venues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government Accountability Office":

"… rison: The federal government is stuck in time, forcing states to act. The Government Accountability Office has also raised questions about the pace of EPA reform. Even wit …"

Louisiana sinkhole shatters calm, prompts buyouts on the bayou

By Ronnie Greene

A massive sinkhole roils a Louisiana bayou community — forcing many to seek buyouts, part of a U.S. trend of communities fighting to leave.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… nt trucks rumble past and dead armadillos occasionally dot the sideway, an insurance company’s ad has suddenly turned ironic: “Dreams can come true.” Th …"

Inspector General to review EPA's 'Watch Lists'

By Jim Morris

The EPA’s inspector general has begun a review of the agency's use of internal watch lists of alleged chronic polluters nationwide.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Justice":

"… Lois Gibbs, executive director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, an advocacy group in Falls Church, Va., said the EPA too often defers to …"

Town divided over major employer's permission to pollute the air

By Howard Berkes and Sarah Harris

Community in turmoil over cement plant's permission to exceed emissions of hazardous waste incinerators — all perfectly legal

Excerpts from this story referencing "Love Canal":

"… hazardous waste dates back to the days of waste dumping disasters such as Love Canal in New York and Times Beach in Missouri in the 1970s and 1980s. Burial of …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ng with her changes.”In early March, members of the Republican-led House Energy and Commerce Committee — many of whom had received campaign contribution …"

"… the low-carbon standards and other remedial climate measures in California.Energy industry tax breaksKoch lobbyists spend much of their time, according to t …"

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Superfund site? Who is supposed to clean them up? Answers to these questions, and others

Excerpts from this story referencing "Love Canal":

"… und program. After public awareness grew about heavily polluted areas like Love Canal, Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, a …"

Superfund today

By Joaquin Sapien and Richard Mullins

Massive undertaking to clean up hazardous waste sites has lost both momentum and funding

Excerpts from this story referencing "bank":

"… ut listing larger, more expensive toxic waste sites to avoid "breaking the bank. … Sites that need cleanup are not being addressed because of funding co …"

From homemaker to hell-raiser in Love Canal

By Ronnie Greene

In 1978, Lois Gibbs was a mom with sick kids. Her fight prompted a president to free 900 families -- and paved the way for U.S. buyouts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… ar-old boy wearing a T-shirt announcing: “Love Canal Guinea Pig. Used by New York State and federal government.” Another picture — published by Today’ …"

"… you Lois Gibbs? Are you Lois Gibbs?” reporters asked. Serendipitously, New York health officials were holding a press conference, declaring a state of eme …"

"… ts with children under two living on the two streets nearest the landfill. New York directed Niagara County to clean the site. The state said it would help re …"

"… community. One of the very first things she told me was that the state of New York was lying to the public and they were hiding information and I couldn’t …"