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  • Data analysis of drilling regulation and enforcement

    When officials from Texas to the White House made claims about regulating the country's oil and gas boom, EnergyWire decided to check them out. The online publication used public record requests and data analysis to show that industry uses toxic chemicals more often than it lets on, that the database disclosing those chemicals is riddled with holes and officials often don't use their strongest penalties on health and environmental violators.
  • "Study sees parking lots dust as cancer risk"

    This investigation reveals a connection between common parking lot sealants and cancer-causing dust found in American homes. Coal tar sealant, meant to "protect pavement and asphalt" from cracking and other types of damage, slowly wears away over time. People can track the substance into their homes, which researchers believe is the reason "high levels of chemicals used in the sealant" shows up in house dust. The effects are potentially damaging, especially for "young children."
  • Camp Lejeune: Deadly Waters

    Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina had been exposed to toxic drinking and bathing water for 30 years despite warnings from outside contractors. When people began raising questions about the contaminated water, base officials ignored them.
  • Do It Yourself Plastic Surgery

    Prescription strength chemicals and other procedures should not be done at home without a doctor. A number of websites are selling such products at a discount rate and many people are buying them and facing devastating consequences. These products are unapproved and experts say using these can result in “blindness, paralysis, or death”.
  • World's Untold Stories: 25 Years After Midnight

    25 years ago a documentary series traveled to Bhopal, a city which suffered the world’s worst industrial disaster that same day. This series focuses on Bhopal and what has changed and what hasn’t. Also, it looks at the lives of the survivors and many of them have given up their lives to speak out about the disaster. “Their experiences tell a story of survival, determination and hope-as they work to help the victims, and ensure that the world never forgets what happened there”.
  • "The Air We Breathe"

    The people living in and around Pittsburgh are breathing in some of the poorest quality air in the U.S. High levels of Benzene and other harmful chemicals have been found in the air causing potentially serious health risks to residents who inhale the "toxic brew" over a long time period. The Allegheny County Board of Health has "indefinitely postponed" voting on issuing new air quality permits.
  • Sacrificed to Shale

    A small town, Dish, TX, which is surrounded by gas well compressor stations and wells. Recently, there was an air study done, which revealed several poisons being released by the gas wells well above EPA regulations. Further, these chemicals in the air “were discovered to possibly be responsible for animals and trees dying in the area”.
  • Danger Creek

    Reporters for KGAN-TV discovered that the water downstream from the Linn County Airport was heavily polluted with toxic chemicals. The water produced a putrid stench that had the people of Cedar Rapids complaining for years. Acting on a tip, KGAN-TV tested the water and delivered the shocking results to the airport and the Department of Natural Resources.
  • "Tracking a Terrorist"

    After the Sept. 11, 2009, FBI raids in New York, the 9Wants to Know team caught wind that a Denver man was connected with the national terror plot. They were the first team to interview the suspected terrorist. They tracked down the chemicals he planned to use and how he planned to carry out his attack.
  • A Few Good Men, A Lot of Bad Water

    Over the last few decades, hundreds of thousands of marines have trained at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. In 1980, during routine testing, their water was found to have high levels of a number of chemicals but primarily perchloroethylene, a dry cleaning agent, and trichloroethylene, a degreasing solvent.