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  • Boeing’s Lobbying Campaign

    “Boeing’s Lobbying Campaign" uses public records to trace how The Boeing Co.’s lobbying killed a long-overdue correction to an obscure but important formula used to determine how much water pollution is allowed under the Clean Water Act. The lobbying by a Boeing senior executive, InvestigateWest showed, reached all the way to Gov. Christine Gregoire. After the Washington Department of Ecology had withstood challenges to its plans to tighten the water-pollution rules from the powerful timber and business industries during the 2012 legislative session, Boeing had the juice to quietly short-circuit those plans a few months later. The company went around Ecology to the governor, as InvestigateWest’s timeline of documents and emails made clear. Our reporting was carried in newspapers around the state, sparking reporting and editorials by other news organizations on the previously low-profile issue. Environmentalists also cited the series in a lawsuit against the EPA. Because we elevated this issue into public consciousness, reporters were all over the story when Boeing again tried to delay the changes in the 2013 legislative session, nearly causing a government shutdown. A new draft rule tightening the standards is due out in March 2014.
  • Sewage Leaks

    This entry includes three articles stemming from Daveen Rae Kurutz's investigation into illegal sewage dumping by the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority. During a seven week period, the authority discharged about 30 million gallons of sewage waste into Turtle Creek in Murrysville, Pa.
  • Toxic Waters

    With the aid of more than 500 Freedom of Information requests, reporter Charles Duhigg uncovered major problems with the nation's Clean Water Act. He found that out of the many "chemical plants" and "large manufacturers" who broke water pollution laws over the past several years, few were punished or even fined. He also found that millions of U.S. residents "have been exposed" to water that could be damaging to their health.
  • Chronic Polluters, Tainted Water

    "Nearly half of the Connecticut companies that discharge chemical-laden wastewater directly into rivers are doing so with expired permits.In some cases, they lapsed 10 years ago.The companies can legally continue to dump while applying for new permits, but the backlog means they're discharging under old toxin limits with no adjustment for diminishing water quality."
  • Dirty Secret: Chesapeake Bay Pollution Investigation 2005

    The authors investigated a private company called New Earth Services, one of the most dangerous polluters in Maryland. This company was poisoning the bay and nearby residents' drinking water while posing as the Bay's savior. The state of Maryland knew about the pollution and funded some of it. The authors also continued to follow an ongoing investigation in Centerville, where all of this started.
  • Protecting Wetlands but at a Price

    This is a report about federal efforts to stop the destruction of wetlands in southeastern Virginia. The government policies, like the "no - net loss" policy, will affect developers, builders, farmers and, most importantly, taxpayers. One problem occurs when privately owned land is determined to be wetland, and developing the land is prohibited.
  • Very troubled waters

    A U.S. News examination of EPA data and state reports on thousands of rivers from 1984 to 1998 finds that the percentage of rivers designated as "impaired" has grown from 26 percent in 1986 to 36 percent in the most recent reports. The article looks at several pollutants affecting the water quality of rivers including: farm runoff, city sewage system, industry, mining, construction and urban and suburban runoff.
  • Fish and Foul

    Forty percent of the rivers and streams in the US are too polluted to use for swimming or fishing. The Clean Water Act of 1972 helped dramatically but runoff from mines, farms, and streets is still making water degradation a problem for the country. What's being done to stop it, or what can be done is discussed in this article.
  • Courts expanding effort to battle water pollution. New enforcement tactic. Environmental groups Suing by employing little-used provision in 1972 law.

    A wave of lawsuits brought by environmentalist compelled state and Federal authorities to enforce a long-dormant provision of the Clean Water Act, opening a new front in the struggle over pollution and requiring the Government to make new assessments of whether water standards are being met.
  • Murky waters

    A Star-Telegram two-part investigation sheds light on water pollution problems caused by the Dallas/Fort Worth airport. The story reveals that the airport "sits on underground lakes of jet fuel." It has hemorrhaged toxic waters into the nearby Trinity River tributaries and into Trigg Lake for at least a decade. The major findings are "that pollutants ... have flowed into waters where people fish, that the airport sometimes misrepresented waste problems to investigators and that antifreeze can still escape into creeks despite recent improvements."