August 26, 2009–This data tool shows promise, but it currently tracks only non-infectious conditions and not others tied to environmental causes, such as neurological, endocrine, and reproductive disorders.
August 26, 2009–A new GAO report says Customs has refused to give the CPSC shipping-manifest information it has been requesting for years. The manifests are a way to track products imported into the U.S. which may have been recalled due to toxicity and/or safety issues.
August 26, 2009–The Canby's bog orchid, not seen in Maryland for 20 years, has reappeared at the Nassawango Nature Preserve. A Washington Post reporter was allowed to see and write about it, but with unusual restrictions.
August 26, 2009–The locations of conflicts in New Mexico and Arizona between livestock and Mexican gray wolves, which were reintroduced in 1998, will now be made public in hopes of identifying problem areas and taking preventive steps.
July 29, 2009–Journalists were told to leave the room before Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Poneman spoke to a group of lobbyists and private-industry representatives at the June 2009 meeting of the Energy Facility Contractors Group in Washington.