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 "Florida":

"… l about environmental protection.” Reform bills filed, and fought, from Florida to Washington State Across the country, a pattern has emerged: State …"

"… t moving forward and hopefully get some public discussion going on.” In Florida, Rep. Mark Danish co-sponsored a bill this session to identify chemic …"

"… et consumers know which products contain potentially toxic chemicals, with Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection posting the information online. …"

"… day,” Danish said in an interview. After he proposed the bill, he said, Florida’s agricultural industry called a meeting, worried he was targeting pesti …"

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 "Florida":

"… ;the wrenching prospect of relocation is not new for many communities from Florida to California. Residents living on the fence-line face long odds in their …"

"… g President Clinton — then running for re-election, and needing the Florida vote. The ad juxtaposed a Clinton quote — saying that children shou …"

"… ood treating plant. Advocates delivered the ad to Hillary Clinton, then in Florida stumping for her husband. The message, Gibbs said: “Clinton, put your w …"

"… ed by pollution never do get out. In Tallevast, a largely black southwest Florida town founded by turpentine workers, industry and government officials disc …"

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 "New York":

"… ates on enforcement matters – a recipe for inaction. “In a state like New York that’s not such a bad deal, because New York is more aggressive,” said …"

"… action. “In a state like New York that’s not such a bad deal, because New York is more aggressive,” said Gibbs, who lived near the Love Canal toxic was …"

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 "New York":

"… te 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 hazardous wa …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "DuPont":

"… bying operation.In 2004 Koch Industries purchased Invista, a subsidiary of DuPont, known for manufacturing Lycra, Stainmaster carpets and other textiles and …"

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 "Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry":

"… trol, as of April 2007.The CERCLA (Superfund) law requires the EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to study and rank the most hazardous chemicals found on Superfund sites. T …"

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 "Susan Bodine":

"… funding and get cleaned up, which are not, and why, the Center study found.Susan Bodine, the top-ranking Superfund official, told the Center that the list is kept …"

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 "Environment":

"… 21,000-ton toxic dump. Earlier that year, Gibbs and her neighbors held two Environmental Protection Agency officials captive in a ploy to get the president’s a …"

"… nment to create the Superfund cleanup program and earned Gibbs the Goldman Environmental Prize. Today she is still in the fight as executive director of the Cen …"

"… she is still in the fight as executive director of the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, a nonprofit squired in a third-floor corner office in a non …"

"… sickened by pollution but bereft of know-how, ring the Center for Health, Environment & Justice. “I see myself in the people who call,” Gibbs, 61, says …"