The FDA wanted to ban some hair straighteners. It never happened

In 2016, agency scientists deemed hair straighteners containing formaldehyde to be unsafe, according to newly obtained emails.
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Top B.C. government officials knew Site C dam was in serious trouble over a year ago: FOI docs

Stability of the dam found to be a “significant risk" in May 2019, more than a year before information about deepening geotechnical problems and escalating costs were shared with the public.


As the Pebble Mine nears a decision, questions surround its environmental review

Documents unveiled by a Freedom of Information Act request show agencies' behind-the-scenes critiques of the proposed Pebble Mine.


EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement

When the chemical company Brenntag received a fine in 2017, the National Association of Chemical Distributors asked for help from two new Trump administration appointees who previously worked in chemical lobbying, according to emails.


Skipwith confirmed as Fish and Wildlife Service director

The Senate today confirmed Aurelia Skipwith as director of the Fish and Wildlife Service on a mostly party-line vote of 52 to 39.

The Interior is losing the battle to crack down on FOIA

Environmental groups prevent the DOI's efforts to restrict FOIA disclosures.


Democratic senator vows to fight Trump Interior nominee after requesting perjury investigation

A Democratic senator is working to block a Trump nominee from serving as the top lawyer for the Department of the Interior and calling for an investigation after the nominee appeared to lie to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing about the department's public records policy.


Ethics office examines allegations that Interior Dept. officials violated transparency laws

The department’s internal ethics watchdog is examining whether top Trump appointees violated open-record laws by withholding or delaying the release of public files.

Bipartisan senators fight 'political considerations' in EPA's new FOIA rule

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing back against the new public records policy at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying it may violate the law.


New EPA rule could expand number of Trump officials weighing in on FOIA requests

More political appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could soon have the authority to weigh in on public information requests.

EPA head asked to back up claim that climate change is '50 to 75 years out'

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler is being asked to back up recent claims that climate change consequences are still “50 to 75 years out."

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Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

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