Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

By David Heath

To the delight of industry, the EPA is completing fewer chemical assessments than ever before.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… n 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, classified formaldehyde as a known carcinogen. In 2011, the …"

"… inogen. In 2011, the National Toxicology Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did the same. Yet, the formaldehyde industry, with its …"

"… the former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said it's not clear that the National Academy's suggestions will produce …"

"… sment, which oversees IRIS. While a director at the National Institutes of Health, Olden raised eyebrows by collaborating with the American Chemis …"

Health worries pervade North Texas fracking zone

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Some residents of the heavily fracked Barnett Shale in North Texas blame their health problems on toxic oil and gas emissions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "official":

"… longer-term exposure at four locations, but no one hastened to alert city officials. David Manis, a quality-assurance manager at the TCEQ, was so upset that …"

"… sures are very high exposures for short periods of time,” said Brown, an official at the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in the 199 …"

"… e Energy contended that it was grandfathered under older rules, and Denton officials said their hands were tied. EagleRidge, which didn’t respond to ca …"

Scientist with deep industry ties being considered for key EPA job

By David Heath

Michael Dourson is one of two candidates to lead the EPA office that determines which chemicals make people sick, and in what doses.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… ng his clients in recent years have been two major trade associations, the American Chemistry Council and the American Petroleum Institute. In an interview with the Cente …"

Five-state study finds high levels of airborne chemicals near oil and gas sites

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

A study of air emissions near oil and gas wells found strikingly high levels of benzene and other dangerous chemicals in some locations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… o the development of natural gas in a safe and responsible manner.” The American Petroleum Institute did not respond to repeated requests for comment. But McCawley, with …"

U.S. Senate races to attract 1 million TV ads

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Super PACs, nonprofits help fuel relentlessly negative messaging in U.S. Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… rement, voters saw about one U.S. Senate-focused ad a minute. And in both Colorado and Georgia, voters were subjected to about two TV ads every three minutes …"

Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "public relations":

"… exposure, which is unprecedented,” said Scott Spradling, a New Hampshire public relations and political consultant who spent 12 years at WMUR as a news anchor and p …"

Herbicide ban on hold in Sri Lanka, as source of deadly kidney disease remains elusive

By Sasha Chavkin

After Sri Lanka's announced ban on a Monsanto herbicide, opponents challenged the action and convinced the president to put the ban on hold.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… . …"

"… a setback to efforts by some scientists and health officials, primarily in Sri Lanka and El Salvador, to remove the herbicide for its potential link to the mys …"

"… sands of agricultural workers. Monsanto, other agrochemical producers and Sri Lankan officials, including Registrar of Pesticides Anura Wijesekara, have pushe …"

"… orm of kidney disease devastating agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India. Scientists suspect the malady is caused by a combination of fac …"

Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Sri Lanka orders ban on glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, citing kidney disease outbreak; Monsanto said the evidence is unproven.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… blished last August by Sri Lankan health officials in partnership with the World Health Organization found that urine samples of sick patients had elevated levels of cadmium, …"

Facing lawsuits over deadly asbestos, paper giant launched secretive research program

By Jim Morris

Facing 60,000 asbestos claims over a product it once sold, Georgia-Pacific responded with a legal pushback — and secretive science.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… communications as privileged — not subject to discovery in litigation. A New York appeals court held recently that the communications “could have been in …"

"… nts to plaintiffs in thousands of asbestos cases from the five boroughs of New York City, which have been consolidated in a Manhattan court. The company conte …"

"… engaged in a “fraudulent scheme.” In a unanimous decision in June, a New York appeals court found reason to believe Georgia-Pacific had perpetrated such …"

"… w cost housing went into mass production in 1947-1948,” researchers with New York’s Mt. Sinai School of Medicine wrote in a 1979 article. “Wallboard sec …"

Shining examples of cross-border journalism recognized at international conference

By Bill Buzenberg

ICIJ presented its annual Daniel Pearl awards at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio de Janeiro.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… nternational Investigative Reporting, which are named in honor of The Wall Street Journal reporter kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002.The Wall Stree …"

"… et Journal reporter kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002.The Wall Street Journal’s prize-winning probe examined the spread of drug-resistant forms of tub …"

Countries target pesticides as suspected link to rare kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

Governments from El Salvador to Sri Lanka explore the role of pesticides in a malady killing laborers, as other scientists eye heat stress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pesticides":

"… metal cadmium had entered the food supply and was a leading cause of CKD. Pesticides and fertilizers are believed to be the source of the contamination, and th …"

Industry muscle targets federal 'Report on Carcinogens'

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Carcinogen":

"… partment of Health and Human Services — in particular, HHS’s Report on Carcinogens. Two lobby groups sued the agency after two widely used chemicals were li …"

"… e and Technology convened to examine the science behind the Report on Carcinogens, a congressionally mandated document updated every few years by the Natio …"

"… aring by saying that “concerns have been raised about how the [Report on Carcinogens] is developed and how its findings are communicated.” He called it a …"

"… are examining the National Toxicology Program’s 12th Report on Carcinogens. In reality, we are hearing the objections of one industry to the listing …"

New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Anna Barry-Jester":

"… rossing her face.  “They are the ones that will be fighting us.” Anna Barry-Jester contributed to this report. Support for this report was provided by the S …"

U.S. asbestos imports condemned by health experts, activists

By Jim Morris

More than 50 countries have banned asbestos, a toxic mineral linked to cancer and other diseases. The United States isn't one of them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… of 803,000 metric tons in 1973. Still, attempts at a ban have failed. The Environmental Protection Agency tried in 1989 but was thwarted by an industry court challenge. The USGS s …"

In Sri Lanka, new steps target mysterious kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

In Sri Lanka, the president vows controls on chemicals potentially linked to chronic kidney disease, as hospitals take steps for patients.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sri Lanka":

"… se organizations.”Anna Barry-Jester contributed to this report.  …"

"… w a rare form of chronic kidney disease is killing agricultural workers in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. Scientists in each region are struggling to id …"

"… exposure.In a November 2012 speech laying out a national budget proposal, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pledged to take action to crack down on conta …"

"… mit a report to the cabinet with recommendations for the regulations, said Sri Lanka’s Registrar of Pesticides, Dr. Anura Wijesekera. Wijesekara, whose …"

In Sri Lanka, breakthroughs, setbacks and a spiritual touch

By Sasha Chavkin and Anna Barry-Jester

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… fficial research, a glimmer of scientific hope emerged. The government and World Health Organization announced in June that they identified a key cause of the disease in Sri L …"

"… in the U.S. and Europe.In 2008, Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry invited the World Health Organization to join a comprehensive study to unravel the disease’s roots.For more th …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "dialysis":

"… time negotiating the more than 100-mile bus trips he takes to receive the dialysis treatments that keep him alive.Ten thousand miles away, in the Nicaraguan …"

"… rea. Local doctors say that as few as one of every five patients that need dialysis are approved to receive it. Public hospitals offer kidney transplants if p …"

"… ermine if he is a match, he travels more than 60 miles twice a week to get dialysis, sleeping on the concrete floor of the hospital when his treatment goes to …"

"… m trees, Narayna spends his days resting and traveling back and forth from dialysis in Visakhapatnam. “Now, I do nothing,” he said. “I take medicines an …"

Traceability elusive in global trade of human parts

By Kate Willson and Mar Cabra

The paper trail following human remains is not foolproof — in some cases, infected tissue can be impossible to track down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Food and Drug Administration":

"… ally infected tissues. In one major case that played out in 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and five tissue companies moved to recall 25,000 tissues taken illegally f …"

Diesel engine exhaust earns 'carcinogenic' label

By Jim Morris

An international health body declared Tuesday that diesel engine exhaust is 'carcinogenic to humans.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "North America":

"… d the new technologies and stricter diesel standards adopted in Europe and North America over the past two decades. “However,” it said, “while the amount of …"

Long-delayed diesel study published

By Jim Morris

Landmark study of miners shows elevated risk of cancer from engine exhaust

Excerpts from this story referencing "mining":

"… 000 miners — whose publication was delayed by litigation from a group of mining companies — has found that exposure to diesel engine exhaust significant …"

"… nding on economic prosperity. Certainly, many workers around the world, in mining and other industries and jobs, continue to be exposed … at levels simila …"

Asbestos deaths bring 16-year sentence

By Jim Morris

In a case followed around the world, two former business executives were convicted in Italy of manslaughter in 3,000 deaths

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… sage to corporate officials who fail to control toxic exposures. The World Health Organization estimates that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos on …"

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… and other Central American nations to include CKD in an initiative by the World Health Organization and United Nations to battle chronic diseases in the Americas. Even as tho …"

Landmark diesel exhaust study stalled amid industry and congressional objections

By Jim Morris

Publication of a landmark government study of lung cancer in miners is delayed by an industry group and its congressional allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… d a House committee to review the materials and has held the Department of Health and Human Services in contempt for not producing all of them.The much-anti …"

"… al Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are under lock and key.Richard Clapp, emeritus professor of environmental …"

"… ns since. Last August, MARG won a contempt order against the Department of Health and Human Services, parent of the two institutes that conducted the study. …"

"… he International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, which considers diesel exhaust "probably carcinogenic to hum …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Columbia University":

"… pulation impact,” said Victor Penchaszadeh, a clinical epidemiologist at Columbia University and frequent consultant to the Pan American Health Organization on chronic …"


A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… idney disease (CKD) in Central America is based on mortality data from the World Health Organization. Our goal was to obtain to a conservative estimate of the epidemic’s imp …"

"… being classified in different ways. It is also because prior to 2000, the World Health Organization presented data in only a single category that indicated overall deaths cau …"

Daniel Pearl Awards winners announced

ICIJ announces the winners of the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… RSI for Tamiflu, Inc. The investigation examined the decisions made by the World Health Organization and The Centers for Disease Control in light of the swine flu and H1N1 flu …"

ICIJ unveils Daniel Pearl Awards finalists

By Steve Carpinelli

ICIJ Announces the Finalists for the 2011 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting

Excerpts from this story referencing "Africa":

"… e reporting and include stories from Afghanistan and Iraq, Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.“I’m honored to present this out …"

"… ;Pirates, Smugglers and Corrupt Tycoons: Five reporters from the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) followed development projects in African c …"

"… or African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) followed development projects in African countries and found that criminal activities like piracy and oil smugglin …"

Public health suffers as Indonesia ignores calls for tobacco reform

By Andreas Harsono

Home of the 'smoking baby,' 200,000 Indonesians die every year from smoking-related illnesses

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… ion: Putera Sampoerna hosts Yudhoyono’s youngest son, Edhie Baskoro, the Democratic Party secretary-general, in an office inside his Sampoerna Strategic Square towe …"

In India, bidi industry's clout trumps health initiatives

By Murali Krishnan and Shantanu Guha Ray

Bidi makers in India adopt Big Tobacco tactics to avoid reforms on smoking and excise taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Delhi":

"… helped him become a big player in the duty-free space, with the lucrative Delhi Duty Free stores.“I know Patel well and have had legitimate businesses w …"

"… ducing less than five million bidis a year,” says Udayan Lall of the New Delhi-based Tobacco Institute of India. Cigarette taxes currently account for le …"

"… ing the notification in abeyance,” said a note from the RTI, obtained by Delhi-based social activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal.“Some delays have happened …"

Canada resists adding deadly asbestos to toxics blacklist

By Jim Morris

Major producer resists adding substance to toxics blacklist

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asbestos":

"… ach year of Asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.Asbestos is banned or restricted in 52 countries.Canada’s refusal to endorse the …"