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  • A Body's Burden

    The authors tested a typical family's blood, hair, and urine for the presence of several everyday chemical contaminants known collectively as our "body's burden." The investigation revealed the presence of flame retardants, plastics, metals, PCBs, even the chemical precursors for Teflon and Gore-Tex in each family member, with concentrations in the children often far outpacing those in their parents.
  • Friendly Fallout

    KCBS-TV reports "about the nation's first nuclear reactor designed to serve the public. The sodium-cooled reactor was situated in the foothills north of Los Angeles and literally lit up the tiny communities of Santa Susana, Agoura and Moorpark. (In 1959) there was a devastating accident at the reactor site when 13 fuel rods melted down. But the accident was shrouded in secrecy... On this, the 50th anniversary of the nuclear meltdown...(KCBS-TV) uncovered evidence of unusually high cancer rates in surrounding communities and cancer clusters resulting in many deaths... We obtained results of toxic chemical testing which showed dangerous levels of nuclear and chemical contamination at the plant and evidence the contamination has spread outside the plant's boundaries...."
  • Battle of the Detroit River

    The story examined the results of a 25-year-old binational effort to clean the Detroit River. A key component of the programs was citizen participation, but as our story proved, the public was kept largely ignorant of the program, and the activists who did participate ended up quitting en masse because of their frustration with the attempts by government and industry to stall the cleanup process and downplay the severity of water quality problems. The story discloses how government and industry hijacked control of the program, and the consequences of their neglect: water not fit to drink, fish not fit to eat, habitat destroyed, and increasing chemical contamination.
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    New Jersey Home News series examines the problems of chemical contamination from dumping, abandoned warehouses, and landfill leaks; finds chemical disposal firms are not fully complying with dumping rules.