environmental health

Oil pipeline fight roils unions

November 11, 2011 - U.S. unions are bitterly split on whether an oil pipeline should be built between Canada and Texas. The conflict has hamstrung the Blue-Green Alliance, which unifies union and environmental efforts, as transit unions argue labor must look beyond its own interests.

Tropical storm leaves behind oily mystery in Mississippi

September 21, 2011 - After Tropical Storm Lee's floodwaters receded, people living miles inland from Mississippi's beaches reported finding what looks like crude oil in their drainage ditches. After initially blaming the substance on cars and boats, state authorities are now pointing the finger at algae blooms, but local activists are skeptical.

Investigative Series: Poisoned in the Gulf

May 16, 2011 - APRIL 2011 | One year after the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, a health crisis is emerging among cleanup workers and Gulf Coast residents exposed to spill-related pollution. In a week-long series, Facing South looked at the BP disaster's health impact and regulatory failings that exacerbated the problem.

Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal

February 3, 2011 - An independent report identifies 28 coal ash dump sites from Massachusetts to Nevada where hexavalent chromium has been detected in the groundwater at levels exceeding federal or state standards. Hexavalent chromium is one toxic waste product created by coal-fired power plants known to contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy metals, combustion byproducts and radioactive elements.