The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Fish and Wildlife Service" ...
The author documented widespread mercury contamination in the town of McIntosh, AL. Most of the very public contamination had apparently escaped the attention of the EPA during Superfund investigations between 1984 and 2005. The reporter showed that mercury levels in creeks and rivers would rank among the highest mercury-contaminated areas of the U.S.
A Journal News investigative series reports on the Environmental Protection Agency's $460-million plan "to perform the largest environmental dredging project in the nation's history on a 40-mile section of the Upper Hudson River." The river was contaminated with PCBs, deadly chemicals that have been dumped in the water by General Electric for decades. The toxins destroyed fishing and tainted a Mohawk reservation. The stories question the cost and effectiveness of the dredging plan, which "might not remove PCBs from the river but it would destroy marshes...." The investigation documents the GE high-dollar lobbying and advertising efforts in favor of the argument that "the river will clean itself."
Tags: environment; FOI requests; rivers; Congress; legislature; Sen. Hillary Clinton; hazardous waste; Hudson River Superfund; National Academy of Sciences; lobbyists; public health; contamination; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Amicus examines how drilling and other activities of oil companies in Alaska have disturbed the people Nuiqsut, an Inupiat Eskimo village an Alaska's North Slope. "Big oil offered a village of Inupiat Eskimos jobs and economic boom. All it asked for in return was their way of life," the magazine reports. The story reveals that the environmental problems in Alaska include water quality changes, air pollution, land use conflicts, oil spills, increased traffic and noise, and disturbance to fish and wildlife species. The latter has forced Eskimos to give up some of their traditional food. For example, a huge arctic caribou's herd has moved away from the oil development area, and a bottom fish - an Eskimos' delicacy - now has elevated levels of toxics.
Audubon looks at the positive results from the Clean Water Act passed in 1972. The report finds that the landmark law has "spurred an unprecedented cleanup of the nation's waters," and tells the success stories of several big rivers' cleanup. The article reveals also that much remains to be done and points to an Environmental Protection Agency report showing that "forty percent of the nation's surveyed rivers, lakes and estuaries are too polluted for basic uses."
Tags: environment; rivers; lakes; drinking-level quality; contamination; pollution; Potomac; French Broad River; the Great Lakes; the Connecticut River; the Boise River; the Mississippi River; Fish and Wildlife Service; wetlands
The Spokesman-Review's "series breaks the story of how a land broker was secretly planning to trade 2 million acres of public land in Idaho - national forests and BLM land - to logging, mining and ranching interests. It shows how federal land managers, such as the BLM, were kept in the dark, and explores the background of the company pushing the trades. Finally, the series shows how the land broker purposefully deceived the public about the value of an earlier land trade - that it holds up as one of its finest accomplishments - and made millions of dollars at public expense..."
Tags: CAR Idaho Fish and Game Department Pacific Northwest Darrel Olson government Clearwater Land Exchange Idaho Land Board Congress Idaho Wildlife Federation Forest Service Bureau of Land Management Idaho Conservation League Payette Forest Watch Senator Larry Craig
At least one-third of the animals native to Mexico are in danger of extinction. The abundance of animals has become a source of income for Mexicans because they border the biggest wildlife market in the world -- the United States. CNN finds that the economic incentives far outweigh the penalties and the flood gates have opened to a flurry of illegal smuggling.
Antigovernment zealots and a mystery toxin in Wisconsin have undercut the astounding revival of the bald eagles. A large number of eagle deaths were atrributed to environmental terrorism. Scientists were unable to discover the cause of deaths for eagles dying in southern Wisconsin despite testing for every known pesticide and avian disease. In Arkansas, two-thirds of the winter eagle population were found dead or dying. (January 1996)
Tags: Reynolds; Where eagles die; U.S. fish and wildlife service; National wildlife health center; Arkansas game and fish commission; DDT; National audubon society; Environmental protection agency; 10pgs
Buzzworm Magazine finds that the trade in illegal wildlife products; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ineffective in stopping the smuggling of the contraband; gives the blackmarket prices for various products made from the skins and body parts of endangered animals, July/August 1993. # CO Speart
Sacramento Bee reporter analyzes U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data to find the flaws in implementation of the Endangered Species Act; finds an agency so overwhelmed by an enormous workload, anemic budget and politically charged agenda that it cannot protect the species it is charged with protecting; finds that spending on mammals and birds far outweighs that on all other species combined.
Tags: CA Clemings