Sunlight Foundation took the raw data of White House visitor logs, matched the names to those in OpenSecrets.org, FollowTheMoney.org, LittleSis.org, Google and Wikipedia, and created a searchable online database.
A handy research tool for investigative reporters is a full list of all the recent Environmental Impact Statements issued by the Department of Energy.
Katharine Jacobs, chair of the forthcoming National Academy of Sciences report on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and a professor at the University of Arizona, will head up the effort to reinstate the National Assessment — with new emphasis on adaptation.
After an October 2009 EPA proposal to regulate coal ash, documents show coal industry officials started meeting with OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and soon EPA announced it was postponing proposal of the coal-ash regulation.
Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton writes about the thousands of chemicals exempted from EPA screening for potential harm to the environment and public health — and the three-decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that renders it possible, in the interest of protecting manufacturers' bottom lines.
Use OMB Watch's user-friendly database to track environmentally-related funds in many ways, such as type of project, affiliated federal or state agency, location, dollar amounts, and number of contracts awarded.
Spurred in part by a petition filed in January 2009, the Agency's new rule, if finalized, could add approximately 240 monitors in about 40 states near known lead emission sources.
With data on ~4,600 civil and criminal enforcement actions in fiscal year 2009, you can determine trends by state and EPA Region for type and extent of enforcement; track down enforcement actions in areas of interest to your audience; and serve as a starting point for stories that are seemingly unrelated to an enforcement action.
"U.S. EPA during the first year of the Obama administration saw deep declines in the amount of penalties assessed against polluters and pounds of pollution slashed through enforcement activities compared with the previous year, according to data released by the agency last month."
This listing of Terms & Acronyms in non-technical language for EPA's commonly used environmental terms provides a good starting place for understanding and communicating with clarity to your audience.