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Series Exposes Insidious Water Contamination Threat
Every few days, a piece of journalism comes along that reminds us of what is possible when a newspaper or other news organization is willing and able to devote a significant amount of time, money and effort to an important public policy issue. That’s been the case in recent days with The Washington...
New York Times Toxic Waters Series Wins Medal
An investigative reporting project is to a journalist what an overhang – a slope angled at more than 90 degrees — is to a rock climber.  Gravity, physical endurance and time are all going against you.  But when you nail it, there’s no feeling that compares. A New York Times series, Toxic...
EPA Turnaround: Collecting Data on Fracking Risks Just Might be a Good Idea
Reversing a stand it took six years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will launch a $1.9 million research program to learn whether a technology that has spurred a boom in domestic natural gas production poses a threat to drinking water and public health. In 2004, in a study that was not...
Tests Find Hundreds of Pollutants in U.S. Tap Water
Millions of Americans don’t trust that the water coming out of their taps is safe to drink. New research by Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests that for many, there’s good reason to be concerned. Over the last three years, EWG assembled an unprecedented database of 20 million tap water testing...
Curbing the Erin Brockovich Chemical
Back in 1991, a young paralegal poking around in some real estate files noticed a peculiar concentration of cancer in tiny Hinkley, CA. The rest was almost history. Erin Brockovich’s find led to Pacific Gas and Electric Company, whose compressor station, California state investigators determined ,...
EPA may crack down on rocket fuel in drinking water
Fulfilling a confirmation pledge, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Lisa P. Jackson is revisiting the Bush administration’s refusal to regulate rocket fuel pollution in the nation’s drinking water. Jackson’s move, announced Wednesday, is being welcomed by the environmental community and...