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  • Stone Cold Chemicals

    WAGA-TV investigated Stone Cold Chemicals, which "sells cleaning supplies to federal, state and local government offices across the country. They generate millions of dollars -- tax dollars -- by offering the government supervisor a gift. In exchange, the supervisor agrees to order what are often over-priced supplies. (WAGA-TV) found the company giving supervisors what they called a 'premium,' worth as much as 10 percent of what they ordered. Purchasing agents told (WAGA-TV) this type of sales tactic is unethical, and in their opinion, illegal. That may explain why the company often sent those expensive gifts to the supervisor's home instead of the office."
  • Home Deadly Home: Toxins in Air

    The Environmental Protection Agency and many states ignored or downplayed the health threat posed by toxic chemicals that vaporize from groundwater and enter homes. The formula the EPA used to assess the ganger is demonstrably inaccurate. Colorado, having failed to address such problems in the past, now is one of the few states that ignores the inadequate EPA guidelines and tests individual homes."
  • Dr. Death and His Accomplice

    CBS News 60 Minutes tells the story of Dr. Larry Ford, a gynecologist who hired a hitman to kill his business partner and committed suicide after police connected him to the attempted hit. "When police went to search Dr. Ford's home in Irvine, CA, they found guns and explosives buried in his backyard and a cache of biological agents -- including botulism, salmonella, cholera and typhoid -- in his refrigerator. Police found evidence that Dr. Ford had allegedly poisoned women with some of his germs or chemicals, and (60 Minutes) discovered that a number of female acquaintances of his had long-term debilitating symptoms which rendered them legally disabled. Tips poured in to local police that Dr. Ford had military and intelligence connections, and that he had worked for South Africa's apartheid-era bio-warfare program. (60 Minutes) discovered strong evidence linking Dr. Ford to the leader of the South African program, Dr. Wouter Basson, who has been dubbed 'Dr. Death' by the African press, for his mandate to kill blacks and other opponents of the white-ruled government."
  • Good Intentions, Bad Results

    CBS 60 Minutes reports on "the adverse effects of Plan Colombia, the U.S. government's $1.3 billion aid package" intended to stem cocaine trade by fumigating coca fields in Colombia. The story reveals that after the fumigations farmers in Colombia experienced symptoms similar to ones from pesticide poisoning; the sprayed chemicals had not been tested and were a hundred times stronger than the U.S.-approved version; the fumigations killed not only coca plants but also legitimate crops and livestock.
  • Potential for Disaster

    From the contest entry summary: "The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reasoned that chemical plants would be a major terrorist target in the wake of Sept. 11 attacks. If ruptured, tanks storing catastrophic levels of chemicals could kill, injure or displace millions of Americans living in or around our largest cities. Similar events have transpired in the Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian wars in the 1990s, and domestic and foreign terrorists have claimed credit for attacking chemical tanks in the U.S. and Middle East."
  • The Taliban Pipeline

    The LA Times revealed underground pipelines for arms, money, toxic chemicals and operatives into Afghanistan for military and terrorism operations. They provided detailed information on these pipelines such as documents revealing how it worked and who ran it.
  • A fish story

    In 1999, a chemical spill wiped out the entire fish population of the White River. Though the problem is now fixed, the fish are still gone. An analysis of how the spill occured and what is being done to prevent probelms like this from happening again.
  • Home Deadly Home: Toxins in air

    Industrial chemicals streaming under the neighborhoods are supposed to be safe as long as people didn't drink it. Now thousands fo Americans are discovering that the contaminants became a gas and could be in their living room. Regulators have done little to nothing despite two decades of warnings from the scientific community. The problem is so pervasive that the EPA doesn't have a count on how many neighborhoods were checked for the problem.
  • Chemical Imbalance

    An investigation by KXXV-TV reveals that Temple Chemical has been over charging the local water district for chemicals. The station also discovered that Temple Chemical paid for a cruise for the water district's general manager, who resigned after the story aired.
  • Sand Dollar Man

    WFTS investigates a man who was dumping thousands of gallons of chlorine used to bleach sand dollars on his property. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection came out to inspect the property several times, but failed to take any soil or water samples. Residents were concerned about what the chemicals were doing to the environment, but no action was taken by officials.