Chemicals

Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in Water’s Path

"Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding."

Source: NY Times, 02/06/2018

EPA Program To Study Toxic Chemicals Fights for Its Life — Against EPA

"A small but vitally important program within the Environmental Protection Agency is in a fight for its life. The Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS, is the only division of the EPA that independently assesses the toxicity of chemicals."

Source: The Intercept, 02/05/2018

Raising Questions about Unequal Justice in Contamination Case

After an EPA Superfund settlement was rebuffed by a small town, a local environmental advocate goes to jail while executives behind a chemical plant contamination remain free. In the latest Q&A for our Inside Story column, we hear from investigative reporter Sharon Lerner of The Intercept about the complex challenges of telling this award-winning tale.

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Trump to Again Propose Eliminating Chemical Safety Board, Official Says

"President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal will again call for ending the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent agency that investigates major industrial accidents, according to a senior government official familiar with the plan."

Source: Bloomberg, 02/02/2018

Policy ‘Confrontation’ is Watchword, Say Journalists at Issue Look-Ahead Forum

Top reporters at an event sponsored by the Society of Environmental Journalists predicted clashes in 2018 over climate, drilling on public lands, environmental laws, infrastructure, national monuments and more. Here's what these journalistic veterans forecast. Plus, check out the accompanying annual issues guide.

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OSHA Drops Fatality Data, Science Suppression Tracker and More

OSHA stops publishing on its website a list of U.S. workers who died on the job, a new "Silencing Science Tracker" tool and a journalists' guide to working with whistleblowers are released, plus a powerful politician pressures a scientist on environmental health policy. All in the latest WatchDog TipSheet.

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