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 "protected natural areas" ...
In the 1920's through the 1950's two companies had been dumping asbestos waste illegally in a creek along the Mississippi river. Though both these companies are closed now, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has done little to clean up the area. Today this is one of the populated suburbs of St. Louis and community leaders suspect that a higher number of cancer cases are being reported from this area.
Seattle Times investigates the death of four firefighters who "were trapped by wildfire in a pinched valley in north-central Washington State" on July 10, 2001. The series reveals that "despite obvious evidence of danger, front-line bosses misjudged the explosive conditions present that day ... [and] pushed firefighters to battle a blaze even though the fire threatened no homes or businesses." Numerous safety rules were ignored, and officials knew that firefighter fatalities follow a pattern, the Times reports. The main finding is that "a fire-fighting culture in which extinguishing fires - not safety - remains the top priority."
In a four-part investigative series American-Statesmen examines "the operation and regulation of some of the most profitable companies in America, those that operate pipelines carrying oil, gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas and other hazardous materials." The reporting team reveals the dangerous - and at times deadly - condition of the pipelines the American industry uses to transport crude oil and natural gas. The stories point to statistics showing that from 1984 through 2000 a total of 366 people have died in the USA as a result of pipeline leaks and explosions. Inspections have showed that one inactive pipeline, which passes through the populated area of Austin, has had "4,000 anomalies" caused by weak steel skin. Texas is notorious for the highest death toll, since it is the state with the most miles of pipelines. The follow-up editorials focus on the need for reforms, and suggest new federal and state regulation that would improve pipeline safety.
Tags: environment; pollution; natural resources; gas explosions; OPS- Office of Pipeline Safety; NTSB- National Transportation Safety Board; Association of Oil Pipe Lines; EPA- Environmental Protection Agency; "railroad fatigue"; federal records; corrosion; safety violations; fines; maintenance; CAR
The Dallas Business Journal reports a "15-story package focused on a looming federal deadline for the Dallas-Fort Worth area to clean up its breathing air. The EPA is demanding that Dallas reduce ground-level ozone, which is caused by emissions of nitrous oxide (or "NOx") and volatile organic compounds (or "VOC's"). If Dallas fails to meet EPA standards, the federal government may impose tough sanctions that could choke off the area's 10-year-long economic boom."
For years a small group of neighbors in Sugar Creek, Missouri had worried, then complained about pollution from the of Amoco Oil Refinery. The State Department of Natural Resources and the EPA told them everything was being handled. Some of the town citizens who lived near the old refinery were coming down with devastating illnesses. KSHB-TV wen door to door calling relatives, checking death records and checking the history of pollution in the area. The investigation found waste oil still seeping out of the ground.
A look inside a government program that by its very nature defies close inspection. WAVY-TV was able to demonstrate how the Witness Protection Program is susceptible to abuse. The investigation tracked and authenticated reports that a government witness in a major drug trial who had been relocated to the area had swindled people right before being relocated with the protection of Federal Marshals. (August 5-7, 1996)