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  • The New Gold Rush

    ABC News 20/20 investigates open-pit gold mining in Nevada; although existing laws require companies to fill the pits, the laws are not enforced; includes reports of cyanide-polluted water supplies; the reporters discovered all chemicals used in mining--including cyanide--are exempt from federal toxic waste laws, June 23, 1989.

    KPTV (Portland, Ore.) reports on a soon-to-close Army base with toxic and explosive chemicals buried unsafely; officials say the base may be hazardous for 30 years; uses material obtained under FOIA, July 15 - 18, 1989.
  • Kill Zone

    KARK-TV (Little Rock) discovers the wreckage from a chemical train derailment has never been cleaned up in the ten years since the accident; the tanker cars are still sitting where they derailed, and are still full of dangerous chemicals; the leakage from the wreck was polluting area water systems, Feb. 25 - 26, 1988.
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    Corpus Christi Caller-Times finds there was virtually no federal funding for a new law requiring companies to disclose the amount of toxic chemicals they release into the air each year; also finds local fire departments and a local industry-sponsored company were ill-equipped to handle chemical disasters, July 1 - 3, 5 and Nov. 13 - 14, 20, 1988.
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    Detroit News details potential problems with freight trains hauling hazardous chemicals without informing local community fire departments or rescue units; finds crews are overworked and use broken equipment, and they violate federal and state laws, April 17 - 20, 1988.
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    Hartford Courant reveals that one of the state's largest defense contractors discharges polluted waste water into a potential drinking water supply, and dumps cans of poisonous chemicals into a landfill near a river used for recreation, April 10 - 19, 27 & July 16, 1988.
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    Wall Street Journal publishes series of articles on illegal drugs in the United States; shows US-made chemicals are used by Latin American narcotics factories; details why the United States is unable to eradicate Mexico's opium crops; finds gangs are taking over the booming illicit steroid business, July 13, Aug. 3, and Oct. 4, 1988.

    KPTV-TV (Portland) looks into what happens to houses and apartments found to be methamphetamine labs and closed down by police; many are re-rented by owners, although contaminated with hazardous chemicals from the drug-making process; officials can't stop it, October 1987.
  • Hazardous Business, ChemWaste in Jefferson County: Past, present, future

    Beaumont Enterprise publishes eight-part series chronicling the history of two hazardous waste disposal sites in Texas, both owned and operated by Chemical Waste Management, Inc., a company with a history of alleged noncompliance with regulations.
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    Hartford Courant looks into health problems among people exposed to pesticides sprayed by lawn-care firms; finds that experts are concerned but there is little regulation of the industry, May 25, 1987.