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    Houston Chronicle finds that despite the sweeping changes legislated by the Clean Air Act of 1970, millions of pounds of toxic substances still are poured into the air each year in Houston, creating a risk of catastrophic accidents and health problems, Feb. 16-20, 1986.
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    Kansas City Times charges that the Kansas City Fire Department is ill-equipped and unprepared to confront emergencies that arise from spills and blazes involving hazardous chemicals, Sept. 12, 1986.
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    Capital Times (Madison, Wis.) reports on efforts by local communities to restrict use of some pesticides and to have signs posted on treated areas, while the courts insist that regulation of chemicals is a state or federal affair, April 10, 1987.
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    The Progressive investigates illegal discharges of carcinogenic chemicals into public waters at Oklahoma City's Tinker Air Force Base, December 1986.
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    Mother Jones tells the story of striking workers at Mattiace Petrochemicals, who blew the whistle on their company's illegal dumping of toxic wastes, October 1986.
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    Washington Post discovers excessive dumping of toxic chemicals into Chesapeake Bay by private industries, military bases and municipal sewage treatment plants, despite the legislative protection of the 1972 Clean Water Act, June 1, 1987.
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    The Progressive discusses the case of a former home pest-control worker who is a victim of chlordane poisoning; describes how poor regulation allows companies to carelessly spread dangerous chemicals, endangering workers and homeowners, August 1988.
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    San Francisco Bay Guardian finds that despite the "Save The Bay" movement, San Francisco Bay is dying; problems include seafood contamination from toxic chemicals, pollution caused by development, and undrinkable water, Jan. 22-29, 1986.
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    Saginaw (Mich.) News series investigates safety hazards of trains carrying dangerous chemicals: bad rails, bad container valves, poor emergency planning for chemical accidents, failure of industry to adequately inform emergency response units of potential problems, March 17-22, 1985.
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    Milwaukee Journal investigates the presence and lingering effects of toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes basin in a series covering past pollution, the clean-up, continued pollution, health effects and politics surrounding the toxic remains of industry and agriculture, Nov. 13-20, 1988.