Groups sue to force EPA's hand on oil and gas emissions

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Nine groups sue to force the EPA to decide whether emissions from oil and gas extraction should be publicly reported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law":

"… , as you know, political forces that discourage action,” Dillen said. “Lawsuits can be one way to give the agency cover to do what it actually needs …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… Act, was the product of a compromise with Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. Introduced May 22, it won the endorsement of nine Senate Republicans, alo …"

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 "Toxics Release Inventory":

"… U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its analysis of the 2010 Toxics Release Inventory, a database containing information on the disposal or release of 650 poten …"

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 "Congress":

"… air pollution — deemed so harmful to human health that a Democratic Congress and a Republican president sought to bring emissions under control more th …"

"… stigation by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News and NPR shows.Congress targeted nearly 200 chemicals in 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, whi …"

"… ilers, incinerators and cement plants — it’s encountering headwinds in Congress, mainly in the Republican-dominated House.The 1990 amendments sought to cr …"

"… names like 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin. All are destructive. Congress specified them in the amendments because they can cause cancer, birth defe …"

About this project

By iWatch News

A look at the reporting process behind Poisoned Places

Excerpts from this story referencing "Toxics Release Inventory":

"… for the news organizations, meanwhile, analyzed EPA databases such as the Toxics Release Inventory and a computer-based tool known as Risk-Screening Environmental Indic …"


By Elizabeth Lucas, Robert Benincasa and David Donald

About the data collection and analysis for the Poisoned Places project

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… f four datasets relating to sources of air pollution regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: the Clean Air Act watch list, the Air Facility System …"

"… ty System (AFS), the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and the Risk Screening Environmental Indicators model (RSEI).The Clean Air Act watch listThe Center for Publi …"

"… 10 data as the series continues.Read more about the TRI.The Risk Screening Environmental IndicatorsRSEI was created by the EPA to assess chronic human health ris …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… accidents at these sites is largely unavailable to the public.In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency began requiring plants that use a threshold amount of certain toxic or fla …"

"… ential effects of accidents at facilities using hazardous substancesWhere: Environmental Protection AgencyAvailability: Plant OCA information is available only in federal reading ro …"

"… .Update - August 12In an email response to the Center, a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Agency said risk management plan data has not been available online since the Sep …"

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 "Toxics Release Inventory":

"… Management and Budget (OMB) loosened reporting requirements on the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Congress created the TRI database in 1986 to allow the public to tr …"