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Past articles by Kristen:

An army of deer ticks carrying Lyme disease is advancing. It will only get worse.

“It appears the problem has been swept under the rug.” → Read More

Without the Clean Power Plan, our climate future is up to the states

In the states already hit hard by climate change, action is urgent — with or without the federal government. → Read More

Report slams EPA civil rights compliance

The EPA hasn't met its obligations under the Civil Rights Act, a report found, forcing polluted communities to endure delays or inaction. → Read More

EPA plans more aggressive civil-rights reviews

In a draft stragetic plan, the EPA pledges to 'invigorate" its civil-rights efforts. → Read More

How to fix the EPA's broken civil-rights office

The Office of Civil Rights has done almost nothing to help people who complain of environmental discrimination, but a turnaround is possible → Read More

Environmental Justice Denied: Syracuse Residents' Losing Fight Against Sewage Plant

Residents of Southside Syracuse put up a fierce, well-organized fight to stop construction of a sewage plant and still lost. → Read More

'They figured our neighborhood is black, so they'll do it'

Residents of the city's Southside neighborhood sought the EPA's help in stopping construction of a sewage plant but came away disappointed. → Read More

Welcome to Uniontown: Arrowhead Landfill Battle a Modern Civil Rights Struggle

As Esther Calhoun sees it, discrimination, rooted in the acts of many, has turned this wisp of a town into a dumping ground. Thirty miles from Selma, a different kind of civil rights struggle. → Read More

Thirty miles from Selma, a different kind of civil rights struggle

The Arrowhead Landfill collects thousand of tons of waste per day and been blamed for odors, dust and even buzzards. → Read More

Environmental Racism Persists, And the EPA is One Reason Why

Read the rest of Environmental Justice, Denied at the Center for Public Integrity. → Read More

Biden cites progress on campus sexual assault, but says there's 'so much farther to go'

The campaign is but the latest action on a variety of fronts to curb what Biden, President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have called an “epidemic” of sexual violence on college campuses. In April 2104, a White House task force announced recommendations for helping schools respond to the problem, launching a website, Within days, the Education Department released… → Read More

Duke Energy fined $25.1 million for groundwater damage from coal ash

Punishment related to contamination from coal ash - subject of Center investigation → Read More

New battlefront for petrochemical industry: benzene and childhood leukemia

Jarrett McElheney grew up near a cluster of petroleum storage tanks. His parents believe benzene in drinking water gave him cancer. → Read More

Benzene and worker cancers: 'An American tragedy'

Previously secret documents illuminate a 10-year effort by petrochemical titans to counteract damning science on the carcinogen benzene. → Read More

Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations. → Read More

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

Lawmakers in both the Senate and House of Representatives are introducing legislation aimed at combating campus sexual violence this week, building on a series of recent federal initiatives aimed at tackling the issue — the focus of a landmark Center for Public Integrity investigation. At a morning press conference attended by students and victims’ advocates, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled… → Read More

White House group releases recommendations on fighting campus sexual assault

White House task force issues recommendations to combat vexing problem. → Read More

EPA to regulate coal ash amid court settlement

Facing a legal challenge from Earthjustice and others, the EPA agrees to set a plan by year's end to regulate coal ash. → Read More

Obama moves to address campus sex assault issues raised by Center series

President creates task force to help protect students from sexual violence → Read More

Coal industry, Hill allies target fine print of Obama climate plan

President Obama's climate plan, vital to his green agenda, is drawing close scrutiny — and sharp critiques — from powerful coal forces. → Read More