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EPA Proposes Ban on Pesticide Widely Used on Fruits and Vegetables

The ban on acephate comes a week after a ProPublica investigation highlighted the EPA’s controversial finding that the bug killer doesn’t harm the developing brains of children.

Sacrifice Zones

EPA Finalizes New Standards for Cancer-Causing Chemicals

The regulation specifically targets ethylene oxide, which a ProPublica analysis found was the single biggest contributor to excess industrial cancer risk from air pollutants nationwide.

Chevron Will Pay Record Fines for Oil Spills in California

The penalties come after an investigation by The Desert Sun and ProPublica found that companies were profiting from illegal spills and California’s oversight of the industry was lax.

Local Reporting Network

Series

347 stories published since 2009

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere — Even at the UN’s “Plastic Free” Conference

Oil Companies Contaminated a Family Farm. The Courts and Regulators Let the Drillers Walk Away.

Ten Years After the Flint Water Crisis, Distrust and Anger Linger

EPA Proposes Ban on Pesticide Widely Used on Fruits and Vegetables

10 Times as Much of This Toxic Pesticide Could End Up on Your Tomatoes and Celery Under a New EPA Proposal

Oil Companies Must Set Aside More Money to Plug Wells, a New Rule Says. But It Won’t Be Enough.

The Big Burnout: Life on the Front Lines of America’s Wildfires

EPA Finalizes New Standards for Cancer-Causing Chemicals

The EPA Has Done Nearly Everything It Can to Clean Up This Town. It Hasn’t Worked.

The Flooding Will Come “No Matter What”

Chevron Will Pay Record Fines for Oil Spills in California

An Oregon Bill to Cut Millions in Timber Taxes Is Dead, Despite Backing by the Industry, the Governor and a Top Lawmaker

“It Feels Impossible to Stay”: The U.S. Needs Wildland Firefighters More Than Ever, but the Federal Government Is Losing Them

New EPA Rule to Slash Cancer-Causing Emissions From Sterilization Facilities

Listen to the “Timber Wars Season 2: Salmon Wars” Podcast

The Oregon Timber Industry Won Huge Tax Cuts in the 1990s. Now It May Get Another Break Thanks to a Top Lawmaker.

Washington State Is Leaving Tribal Cultural Resources at the Mercy of Solar Developers

In a Major Shift, Northwest Tribes — not U.S. Officials — Will Control Salmon Recovery Funds

West Virginians Could Get Stuck Cleaning Up the Coal Industry’s Messes

The Future of the Colorado River Hinges on One Young Negotiator

9 Times the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Miscalculated Badly at the Expense of Taxpayers, Wildlife

The 20 Farming Families Who Use More Water From the Colorado River Than Some Western States

The Historic Claims That Put a Few California Farming Families First in Line for Colorado River Water

The EPA Has Found More Than a Dozen Contaminants in Drinking Water but Hasn’t Set Safety Limits on Them

This Billion-Dollar Plan to Save Salmon Depends on a Giant Fish Vacuum

California Oil Companies Face Tougher Enforcement Under New Law

Western States Opposed Tribes’ Access to the Colorado River 70 Years Ago. History Is Repeating Itself.

The Cleanup of Seattle’s Only River Could Cost Boeing and Taxpayers $1 Billion. Talks Over Who Will Pay Most Are Secret.

Biden Administration Commits $200 Million to Help Reintroduce Salmon in Columbia River

A Black Community in West Virginia Sues the EPA to Spur Action on Toxic Air Pollution

Do You Have Experience in or With the Plastics Industry? Tell Us About It.

United Nations Seems to Boost Plastics Industry Interests, Critics Say

The (Random) Forests for the Trees: How Our Spillover Model Works

EPA Approved a Fuel Ingredient Even Though It Could Cause Cancer in Virtually Every Person Exposed Over a Lifetime

In Arizona Water Ruling, the Hopi Tribe Sees Limits on Its Future

The U.S. Banned Farmers From Using a Brain-Harming Pesticide on Food. Why Has It Slowed a Global Ban?

The Colorado River Flooded Chemehuevi Land. Decades Later, the Tribe Still Struggles to Take Its Share of Water.

Supreme Court Keeps Navajo Nation Waiting for Water

Out of Balance

How Arizona Stands Between Tribes and Their Water

Las Vegas Needs to Save Water. It Won’t Find It in Lawns.

Climate Crisis Is on Track to Push One-Third of Humanity Out of Its Most Livable Environment

West Virginia Governor’s Coal Empire Sued by the Federal Government — Again

The Scientist and the Bats

It Will Cost Up to $21.5 Billion to Clean Up California’s Oil Sites. The Industry Won’t Make Enough Money to Pay for It.

Colorado Law Will Require Homes to Be More Wildfire Resistant

Controlled Burns Help Prevent Wildfires, Experts Say. But Regulations Have Made It Nearly Impossible to Do These Burns.

The FCC Is Supposed to Protect the Environment. It Doesn’t.

How We Measured the Environmental Cost of Bankrupt Mines

In the Game of Musical Mines, Environmental Damage Takes a Back Seat