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 "Environment":

"… try has participated in this in a positive way.” …"

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 "Buffalo":

"… lax Clean Air Act enforcement.In Tonawanda, N.Y., a small town outside of Buffalo, citizens used buckets and hand-held vacuums to test the air after dozens …"

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 "Buffalo":

"… s to pursue intractable polluters in court.In Tonawanda, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo, residents fed up with chemical emissions from a plant owned by Tonawanda …"

About this project

By iWatch News

A look at the reporting process behind Poisoned Places

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Morris":

"… r: Susanne ReberProject editor: Keith Epstein …"

"… us.Questions? Comments? Let us know what you think.The TeamLead reporter: Jim MorrisData analysts: Elizabeth Lucas (CPI) and Robert Benincasa (NPR)Reporting te …"


By Elizabeth Lucas, Robert Benincasa and David Donald

About the data collection and analysis for the Poisoned Places project

Excerpts from this story referencing "Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act":

"… d more about AFS.The Toxics Release InventoryThe TRI, authorized under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), houses emissions data reported yearly by polluting facili …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… ocess.The EPA also has a new open-government initiative in response to the Obama administration’s call for more transparency.“There is an open government theme across …"

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 "Bhopal":

"… to effect for next year’s TRI.The program was established after the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster in India and the release of chemicals from a West Virgin …"

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 "Government Accountability Office":

"… orting requirement from 500 to 2,000 pounds of annual toxic emissions. The Government Accountability Office found that more than 3,500 facilities would no longer have to report detai …"