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.

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 "Love Canal":

"… p; Justice, a nonprofit headquartered in Falls Church, Va., and founded by Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs. Defeating state bills ranks among the ACC’s notabl …"

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 "chemicals":

"… dating the law, which will give consumers more confidence in the safety of chemicals, while at the same time encouraging innovation, economic growth and job cr …"

"… May 24. Rosenberg said it lacks statutory deadlines for the EPA to review chemicals and may do little to improve on the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, …"

"… many dismiss as ineffective because it makes it difficult to require that chemicals be tested. The existing law “has never accomplished its goal of protect …"

"… “has never accomplished its goal of protecting the public from dangerous chemicals,” Rosenberg said. Others worry that the legislation could preempt stric …"

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 "Erin Brockovich":

"… tive in a ploy to get the president’s attention. It worked. Long before Erin Brockovich became a movie, Gibbs helped secure an environmental victory of greater he …"

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

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 "Southern California":

"… ogressive when it comes to clean air control, but it remains the case that Southern California is still the area of the country most hopelessly out of compliance with ai …"

"… or Ohio – to achieve federal air quality standards, how fair is it that Southern California [hasn’t]?Q: Many facilities included on the EPA’s air pollution “wat …"

"… exas or Ohio, they have a higher number of industrial facilities, where in Southern California they don’t and the pollution loads are much more diverse and people-cent …"

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.

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 "national director":

"… that should be investigated criminally,” said Fred Burnside, who was the national director of the EPA’s criminal enforcement office until leaving last December. …"

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 "What am":

"… ypassed a “scrubber” designed to remove the gas from the atmosphere.‘What am I breathing?’Some of the chemicals covered by the 1990 Clean Air Act ame …"


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

EPA agrees to reveal secret identities of potentially risky chemicals

By Chris Hamby

EPA reveals identities of potentially risky chemicals

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… ont,” said Abraham, “will only encourage future violations.” …"

"… s, freeing those projects from normally required review under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.The Energy Department — which has handed out NEPA …"

"… t allows us to put this matter behind us and move forward,” Turner added.Environmental advocates, meanwhile, viewed the settlement as business as usual for bot …"

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 "Environment":

"… Integrity and the Sunlight Foundation. …"

"… e not all facilities have reported, or their reports been processed.Where: Environmental Protection Agency websiteAvailability: Raw data for preliminary 2009 TRI …"

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

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

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