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Senior Reporter, iWatch News — Center for Public Integrity

Senior reporter at The Center for Public Integrity doing investigative pieces on environmental issues. Collaborate with other media.

Environmental Protection Agency Still Slow to Study Toxic Chemicals

time.com — In his first inaugural address, between promising to fix the economy and lower the cost of health care, President Barack Obama made this pledge: "We'll restore science to its rightful place." It might sound arcane as a presidential priority, but it was a big deal at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Obama's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

publicintegrity.org — Sign up for the Center for Public Integrity's Watchdog email and get the news you want from the Center when you want it. An investigation by the Government Accountability Office found that during the Bush administration the White House was delaying the EPA's efforts to assess whether chemicals posed a public health risk.

Scientist with deep industry ties being considered for key EPA job

publicintegrity.org — Dourson left the EPA in 1994 to start TERA, based in Ohio. The group's website notes that 63 percent of TERA's revenue in 2013 came from government agencies and nonprofits, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The rest came from for-profit companies.

Payday lending bankrolls auto racer's fortune

publicintegrity.org — In partnership with iWatch News, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian finds out who is behind the big business of online payday loans that provide an advance on a paycheck attached with crippling interest rates. The exterior of Miami Nation Enterprises, which has an online payday lending business that has sovereign status beyond the reach of state regulators.

National Academy of Sciences agrees with EPA that formaldehyde causes cancer

publicintegrity.org — For years, the chemical industry has been winning a political battle to keep formaldehyde from being declared a known carcinogen. The industry's chief lobby group, the American Chemistry Council, has persuaded members of Congress that the findings of both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services were wrong and should be reviewed by the National Academy of Sciences.

Even low doses of arsenic trigger cancer in mice, study finds

publicintegrity.org — A study by the National Institutes of Health found that levels of arsenic similar to what some people consume caused cancer in male mice.

Politics, profits delay action on arsenic in drinking water

scpr.org — Joe Raedle/Getty Images A buoy rests askew on the bottom of Lake Okeechobee's July 9, 2007 near Moore Haven, Florida. The lake, which normally covers the vegetation in the background, has seen elevated levels of arsenic and other pesticides discovered in the muck. Arsenic is nearly synonymous with poison.

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health in central Maine and nationwide

bangordailynews.com — This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. MOUNT VERNON, Maine - Living in the lush, wooded countryside with fresh New England air, Wendy Brennan never imagined her family might be consuming poison every day. But when she signed [...]

Politics Derail Science on Arsenic, Endangering Public Health

scientificamerican.com — A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity , a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. It is part of a collaboration among the Center for Public Integrity , Center for Investigative Reporting and Michigan Radio .

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health

news.yahoo.com — MOUNT VERNON, Maine - Living in the lush, wooded countryside with fresh New England air, Wendy Brennan never imagined her family might be consuming poison every day. But when she signed up for a research study offering a free T-shirt and a water-quality test, she was stunned to discover that her private well contained arsenic.
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Jan 24, 2015

RT @dennyluan: This is an incredible write up on the EPA's problems with industry + lobbyists. Watch this space, going to be moves.. publicintegrity.org/2015/01/23/166…

Jan 24, 2015

RT @CIRonline: The new episode of @Reveal is live! We investigate online scams, hidden day care info and toxic delays at the EPA: ow.ly/HRIyU

Jan 23, 2015

RT @GeorgeWPapajohn: New regulations inspired by Tribune investigation push furniture makers to remove toxic flame retardants. fw.to/CVmjILM

Jan 23, 2015

RT @ProPublica: EPA says it needs to assess 50 chemicals/yr to do job correctly but in 2014 assessed only one publicintegrity.org/2015/01/23/166… pic.twitter.com/ycMmaNQjKD

Jan 23, 2015

RT @ericwolff: Devastating analysis of how politics @EPA's epic failure to evalulate chemicals in our food, water, and clothing. publicintegrity.org/2015/01/23/166…

Jan 23, 2015

@ldtimmerman Yes, Parting the Waters still one of the best books I've ever read.

Jan 23, 2015

RT @JennyHops: In a former life I covered EPAs chemical program. Former me would have killed to write this. Great read via @Publici: publicintegrity.org/2015/01/23/166…

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