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  • Poisoned

    "Imagine what would happen if a toxic substance rained down on Rhode Island and poisoned nearly 3,000 children in a single year . . . Year after year, thousands of children are poisoned here by lead paint wearing off older houses. But there is no groundswell of outrage. And most people seem unaware that lead is even a problem. . . The Providence Journal examines the young lives of some of lead paint's victims- lives dramatically limited, and in one New Hampshire case, ended by a poison most of their parents were never taught to fear. The six-part series will explore how lead poisoning is thwarting brain development in so many of our young people- a loss that drains talent and wealth from our entire community."
  • 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...."
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    Smart Money investigates growing fears among homeowners of toxic substances in their houses including everything from toxic fiberglass insulation to smoke detectors with radioactive nuclear chips. The article describes the "purity movement" and how some homeowners are spending thousands of extra dollars to build houses free of what they perceive as toxic contamination. (August 1996)
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    Once a placid 18th-century backwater, Lake Erie was transformed in the 19th century into a great commercial highway. This Audubon article investigates how agriculture and industry left the lake clogged in the early part of the 20th century and now that the lake is finally clear again a burgeoning population of zebra mollusks threaten its ecological survival. (Sept. - Oct. 1996)
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    Living on Earth aired a two-part series, "Endocrine Disruptors," detailing the growing body of scientific evidence associating thousands of commonly used chemicals and the diminished reproductive and cognitive abilities of animal populations, July 8 and 15, 1994.
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    The San Francisco Examiner finds that Contra Costa County stores nearly 127 million pounds of extremely dangerous chemicals. The storage areas are often in close proximity to neighborhoods and schools. The article identifies the most dangerous chemicals in the county and the dangers posed by their presence, Aug. 8, 1993.
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    Montana Journalism Review recounts the failure of a federal agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, to fulfill its mandate to assess environmental damage in four Montana Superfund clean-up sites, October 1993.
  • Beryllium: Deadly Burst

    KTTV News (Los Angeles, Calif.) conducts a nine month investigation into the use of beryllium, a toxic substance which causes incurable lung cancer, and how defense contractors were exposing their workers to it regularly in the building of nuclear triggers; series prompted investigations by four government agencies and other entities, May 24, 1993.
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    Detroit News reports that thousands of American industrial workers are routinely exposed to toxic substances without adequate protection; understaffed federal and state health inspection forces go years between visits to plants that expose workers to some of the most toxic substances, March 22 - 25, 1992.
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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.