The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Waste Management Inc" ...
This series detailed how high levels of radium 226/228, known human carcinogens linked to bone and nasal cancers, contaminated public drinking water wells that provided water to thousands of people in Northwest Florida between 1996-2000. The public utility responsible for water safety resisted state efforts to clean the radioactive material and inform the public, because it cost too much money. The Utilities Authority conducted tapwater samples that measured high concentrations of radium coming out of fountains at an elementary school, regional airport, government offices, and the tourist welcome center, but the results of these samples were never made public.
Tags: radium; human carcinogens; bone cancer; nasal cancer; contaminated drinking water wells; radioactive material; Escambia County Utilities Authority; drinking water; Agrico Chemical Co. Superfund hazardous waste; U.S. Florida Department of Environmental protection; radium-tainted water; Escambia County Health Department; Pensacola Regional Airport; Santa Rosa Island Authority; Cordova Park Elementary School; Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water; American Agricultural Chemical Co.; U.S. Geological Survey; maximum contamination level; MCL; Northwest Florida Management District; water cleanup; Environmental Protection Agency; "limited action" cleanup DuPont; ConocoPhillips; Conoco Inc.; The Williams Co.; Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
Governing reports on changes that take place in local waste management systems, as governments "confront rapidly evolving solid waste policy requirements." The story looks at administrators' ambitious efforts to build costly incinerators or to increase the capacity of landfills, while the amount of solid waste is growing nationwide. Recycling programs can hardly grow anymore, the magazine reveals. The main finding is that today's counties and cities see more potential for "preventing waste through source reduction programs, spurring markets for recyclable materials and working with innovative private ventures that use or dispose of wastes."
Using a "creative and unconventional undercover strategy," reporters revealed how the nation's largest waste hauler, Waste Management Inc., was reaping billions of dollars for alleged premium recycling services, all while dumping the materials in an ordinary landfill.
The Tampa Tribune found that it's legal to put potentially hazardous substances in Hillsborough County's landfill. The substances, listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as potentially toxic, include 500,000 pounds of lead from thousands of melted-down car batteries and 6.6 million pounds of a diluted ammonium nitrate solution. Critics worry what is now in the landfill may soon be in Tampa's drinking water. (May 12, 1995)
Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) examines Waste Management Inc., the world's largest trash-handling firm, which has a long history of violations of state and federal laws; looks at the hauler's regulatory history, the history of its growth and success as a stock commodity, and public concerns,
Beaumont Enterprise publishes eight-part series chronicling the history of two hazardous waste disposal sites in Texas, both owned and operated by Chemical Waste Management, Inc., a company with a history of alleged noncompliance with regulations.
Fort Lauderdale News and Sun-Sentinel takes a 22 - state look at the nation's two largest waste-hauling firms, finding thousands of violations of environmental regulations; also finds bidding irregularities and suspect pricing tactics in South Florida, Dec. 6 - 10, 1987.