States lead the way on chemical regs

Dissatisfied with the federal government’s lack of progress, states, including Massachusetts, have taken the regulation of toxic chemicals into their own hands.

Exterior of plant

Case closed?

A clean energy company that once operated at William Koch’s Oxbow plant in Port Arthur, Texas, claimed in a lawsuit that Oxbow manipulated sulfur dioxide emissions to avoid spending millions on pollution controls. Oxbow said it complies with the law.

Iowa’s toxic brew

The convergence of two rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, is a bullseye illustrating the connection between climate change and toxins in drinking water. Legislation and litigation haven’t worked. So the Des Moines Water Works is getting into the farming business.

federal detention center fence with barbed wire

‘Dying in silence’

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, mandated by federal law to publicize and investigate the death of every detainee in its care, has been using a loophole to avoid full accountability. A recent investigation discovered that ICE underreported fatalities by releasing sick inmates to hospitals, where some died shortly afterward.

federal detention center fence with barbed wire

Morir en silencio

Familias, activistas y la ACLU cuestionan la responsabilidad del ICE en las muertes de detenido.

Exposure: Pollution meets politics

The Oxbow plant in Port Arthur, Texas, continues to emit as much as lung-damaging sulfur dioxide as it did before the Clean Air Act was passed 51 years ago.

Overhead view of oil spill in waterway

Damage doesn’t dim CEO pay

Despite spills and air pollution, fossil fuel companies award CEOs for environmental records. For example, Marathon Petroleum’s former CEO got a $272,000 bonus for surpassing environmental goals the same year the company spilled 1,400 barrels of fuel in an Indiana creek.