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 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Toxics Release Inventory":

"… ir and Radiation, is that the data could function much like the agency’s Toxics Release Inventory.  The TRI had a simple premise: Tell the public what the plants near …"

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 "Energy":

"… hat use other types of fuel to create Energy, like the tire-burning Geneva Energy plant in Ford Heights, Ill., which has been the subject of an unresolved c …"

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 "Oklahoma":

"… of these facilities bombard communities in Texas, Iowa, New York, Arizona, Oklahoma and other states with solvents that can cause cancer, metals that can caus …"

About this project

By iWatch News

A look at the reporting process behind Poisoned Places

Excerpts from this story referencing "Corpus Christi":

"… r Jim Morris visited the oil refining and chemical manufacturing center of Corpus Christi to investigate skyrocketing cancer rates along the Texas Gulf Coast. As he …"

"… a string of fuming, malodorous plants wedged between Interstate 37 and the Corpus Christi ship channel, seemed paralyzed by fear for their health, wary of powerful …"

"… unsure where to turn for help.Nearly two decades later, Morris returned to Corpus Christi while on assignment for the Center for Public Integrity. By then, the …"

"… y the law of the land but had improved the air many Americans breathed. In Corpus Christi, some homes near a refinery had been bought and bulldozed. But to Morris …"

Methodology

By Elizabeth Lucas, Robert Benincasa and David Donald

About the data collection and analysis for the Poisoned Places project

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clean Air Act":

"… f air pollution regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: the Clean Air Act watch list, the Air Facility System (AFS), the Toxics Release Inventory (T …"

"… ory (TRI) and the Risk Screening Environmental Indicators model (RSEI).The Clean Air Act watch listThe Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News and NPR obtained …"

"… tion. All major sources and some minor sources are required under the Clean Air Act to obtain operating permits that stipulate what they must do to control ai …"

"… t the EPA is required to control, as defined in the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act.Not all toxic chemicals or sources of pollution are included in the TRI, h …"

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

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 "spokesman":

"… ing a FOIA request.Update - August 12In an email response to the Center, a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency said risk management plan data has …"

"… the purpose of causing an intentional industrial chemical release,” the spokesman said.Send your tips on government data sets that you think should be made …"

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 "Toxics Release Inventory":

"… n 2007, according to new data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory. That’s a five percent overall drop from the prior year, but the release …"

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 "Congress":

"… ened reporting requirements on the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Congress created the TRI database in 1986 to allow the public to track toxic chemic …"

"… ther legislative body, so will likely need to be reintroduced in the 111th Congress. In its transition report for the Obama administration, the GAO said that …"