After Congressional Democrats criticized them for suppressing a report on toxic substances in the Great Lakes, and after an independent investigative journalism group published excerpts, the Centers for Disease Control finally published it March 12, 2008.
Water & Oceans
Can the public be trusted with information about drugs in their drinking water?
For more than seven months, the nation's top public health agency has blocked the publication of an exhaustive federal study of environmental hazards in the eight Great Lakes states.
A Congressional Research Service report on terrorism and security issues facing sewage treatment and drinking water plants, dams and reservoirs, and other water infrastructure is full of ideas that reporters could turn into local stories — if only they were allowed to see it.
A series of drinking-water contamination incidents have raised doubts about EPA's safety claims regarding hydraulic fracturing in domestic gas wells. And it's hard for people to get to the bottom of those claims when the identity of the chemicals injected during the process is protected as a "trade secret."
EPA says it can tell you how much of the herbicide atrazine may be in your drinking water - but you will have to swear not to tell anyone.
Harmful algal blooms are increasing and now occur offshore of every coastal state and in some inland waters.
Lately the term "green infastructure" has gotten more specific as many cities seek more robust and cost-effective stormwater management.
As beach season crests in August, many swimmers will want to know whether, or how much, their favorite beach is contaminated.
Covering for the slovenly among us, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in an annual trash collection effort on Sept. 15, 2007, along the shores of the world's oceans, lakes, and rivers.