California bypasses feds, presses ahead on regulation of toxic chemicals

By Ronnie Greene

The state formally adopts new rules that go well beyond the flimsy federal protection net weakened by decades of D.C. delay.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… pounds. Yet some four decades later, the EPA has rarely used that power as Congress has been tied up in a protracted effort to reform TSCA. Under TSCA, the E …"

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 "chemical industry":

"… ures represent just ACC contributions. From 2005 through part of 2012, the chemical industry “gave $39 million to candidates for federal office” and “spent $333 …"

"… uld merely duplicate federal efforts and add layers of government. “The chemical industry keeps their message simple. Chemicals: Good. Business: Good. Banning chemi …"

"… se and died entirely, said bill co-sponsor Sen. Nelson. “Once again the chemical industry won the fight in Washington State,” Nelson said in August. “We had the …"

"… won the fight in Washington State,” Nelson said in August. “We had the chemical industry and Association of Washington Business, the usual suspects, sitting i …"

Lautenberg chemical bill drawing skepticism

By Sam Pearson

A much-heralded bill to reform chemical safety is stirring concern among some state officials and environmental groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… ecades on Environmental legislation, including a 1986 law that created the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory, a database that allows m …"

"… autenberg’s latest bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, which has not yet scheduled it for a hearing. Meanwhile …"

"… puty director for legislation. Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, said the bill could override the requirements of Californi …"

"… s about 800 chemicals, according to the website of the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Some states also ban bisphenol A, a chemical …"

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 …"

EPA hopes disclosure leads to greenhouse gas reductions

By Chris Hamby

The EPA hopes releasing new data will help reduce emissions of substances contributing to climate change

EPA's Toxics Release Inventory doesn't offer full picture of pollution

By Corbin Hiar

Agency database shows emissions are down overall, but self-reporting makes the data suspect

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clean Air Act":

"… ty and NPR reported in the Poisoned Places series, an investigation of lax Clean Air Act enforcement.In Tonawanda, N.Y., a small town outside of Buffalo, citizens …"

Q&A: Former Bush official touts ‘market-based’ air toxics regulation

By Corbin Hiar

Q&A with the man some call "the next EPA administrator" if Romney wins the White House.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clean Air Act":

"… d be lower, there’s a process for doing that. But the whole point of the Clean Air Act is to set a reasonable ceiling on allowable pollution and let the communit …"

"… .Q: To what extent does the political influence of large industries affect Clean Air Act enforcement at the state level?A: We are well past the point where that’ …"

"… s not optimal. At the end of the day, Congress has not taken a look at the Clean Air Act in 22 years. [Updating the law would diminish] the prospect of litigation …"

GOP assault on regulations could undermine air pollution protections

By Chris Hamby

House Republicans are expected to approve a bill that would allow Congress to block major regulations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… k assigned by Congress in the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act — the Environmental Protection Agency has been “grossly delinquent,” a federal judge wro …"

Few criminal cases target big air polluters

By Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene

Prosecution level at its lowest among environmental cases

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clean Air Act":

"… er, Citgo Petroleum Corp., guilty of two felony criminal violations of the Clean Air Act for failing to control emissions of benzene, a carcinogen, from two massiv …"

"… t seemed a major victory for the federal government in its quest to punish Clean Air Act violators. The Justice Department, which prosecuted the case, and the Envi …"

"… triking symbol of the federal government’s tepid level of prosecution of Clean Air Act violators.In policing the nation’s polluters, criminal prosecution is th …"

"… ince 1990, among thousands of criminal environmental cases, fewer than 800 Clean Air Act cases have led to fines or prison time — the fewest of any of the three …"

Many Americans left behind in the quest for cleaner air

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and Elizabeth Lucas

Secret government 'watch list' reveals failure to curb dangerous emissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lisa Jackson":

"… with the requirements of the Clean Air Act amendments.EPA administrator Lisa Jackson declined multiple requests to be interviewed for this story.Citizens fight …"


By Elizabeth Lucas, Robert Benincasa and David Donald

About the data collection and analysis for the Poisoned Places project

Judge rejects Exxon attempt to end lawsuit over refinery pollution

By iWatch News

Court boosts environmental advocates seeking stronger enforcement

Excerpts from this story referencing "Corpus Christi, Texas":

"… tions of the Clean Air Act, having found that that company’s refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, afflicted a nearby community with toxic air pollution.For nearly a decade …"

EPA agrees to reveal secret identities of potentially risky chemicals

By Chris Hamby

EPA reveals identities of potentially risky chemicals

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief":

"… f many everyday products used by U.S. consumers .The chemical industry’s chief trade association, meanwhile, is urging the EPA to continue considering it …"

DuPont penalized for hiding chemical health risks — again

By Kristen Lombardi

When the Environmental Protection Agency settled on Dec. 6 a major enforcement action against DuPont Co., for failing to report possible hea

EPA releases toxics data early in spirit of transparency

By Elizabeth Lucas

In response to citizen requests, the Environmental Protection Agency posted its preliminary 2009 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data at the e

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sunlight Foundation":

"… he Data Mine is a joint project of the Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation. …"

EPA limits chemical accident data citing security concerns

By Chris Hamby

It has been 20 years since Congress included provisions in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments to inform citizens of risks from factories usin

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sunlight Foundation":

"… he Data Mine is a joint project of the Center for Public Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation. …"

Big increases in mercury and other toxic releases

By Marianne Lavelle

Almost 4.1 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released to the environment in the United States in 2007, according to new data from the E

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… mnibus appropriations bill signed into law by President Obama on March 11, Congress restored the old reporting rules — a change that will go into effect for …"

EPA deprives public of information on toxics

By The Center for Public Integrity

Requirements for reporting to toxic emissions are loosened despite the tracking program's success

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama administration":

"… to be reintroduced in the 111th Congress. In its transition report for the Obama administration, the GAO said that the EPA should ensure information is “effectively col …"