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 "chemicals":

"… ted to this report. …"

"… les from statehouse to statehouse to beat back efforts to disclose harmful chemicals or remove them from the shelves. In Connecticut, grassroots activists wor …"

"… would have allowed the state Public Health Department to identify and list chemicals that posed dangers to children. The bill came at zero cost to state gover …"

"… , amend or postpone the passage of more than 300 flawed bills dealing with chemicals and plastics in 44 states,” the organization said in its tax return for …"

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 "Bobby Jindal":

"… buyouts from Texas Brine. Last month, after pressure from Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and parish political leaders, Texas Brine began contacting individual home …"

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 "Congress":

"… Places” investigation. The project revealed that – two decades after Congress sought to crack down on chemicals that can cause cancer, brain damage and …"

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 "Sierra Club":

"… , a former inspector for the Texas Air Control Board and an adviser to the Sierra Club. Carman has focused on cement kilns in Texas and had even submitted commen …"

"… ublesome to environmental consultant Craig Volland, who advises the Kansas Sierra Club on air pollution issues and also helps the Galemores navigate state and fe …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… s not so well-known is the activity of Koch Industries in the trenches in Washington, where a Center for Public Integrity examination of lobbying disclosure fi …"

"… pose.The money that Koch (pronounced “coke”) has spent on lobbying in Washington has soared in recent years, from $857,000 in 2004 to $20 million in 2008. …"

"… es and almost every state.Koch’s decision to pour millions into lobbying Washington has put them high on the list of corporations whose lobbyists work the cor …"

"… ork of the trade associations that Koch uses to represent its interests in Washington. There’s a major  industry group called  the National Petroche …"

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 "Love Canal":

"… r migration of contaminated groundwater off the site are not under control.Love Canal legacyThe Superfund program was launched in 1980 in the wake of a national …"

"… am was launched in 1980 in the wake of a national tragedy that unfolded at Love Canal, N.Y. Lois Gibbs, a housewife-turned-activist who would come to be known a …"

"… ike having four sick kids at a table, and you only have one aspirin," said Love Canal's Gibbs. "You can't decide which one to give it to even though they all ne …"

"… year process to get a site cleaned up," said Gibbs, who no longer lives in Love Canal and now heads the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, a nonprofit …"

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… s clean up toxic sites across the U.S. Carter lost his re-election bid to Ronald Reagan. But in his final State of the Union address in 1981, he cited L …"