Scientific studies link traffic pollution, especially from diesel trucks, with asthma and other respiratory illnesses. iPost investigation documents that residents in the neighborhood bordering the Peace Bridge suffer from asthma at four times the national rate. Not that the politicians are paying much mind to the public health crisis among a neighborhood population that is mostly poor and minority.
An Investigative Post report produced in partnership with WGRZ has found a strong link between Peace Bridge pollution, especially diesel truck fumes, and high asthma rates in the neighborhood adjacent to the bridge. An analysis of scientific studies and other data shows asthma rates on the Lower West Side are about four times the national average and residents with asthma can be [...]
If it weren’t for local residents and “citizen science,” Tonawanda Coke may still be illegally spewing out tons of toxic benzene from a bleeder valve and hiding it from state regulators. The Environmental Protection Agency published a video today that focused on the efforts of local residents who about four years ago collected data with [...]
Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian reports on the latest revelation of government snooping into the work of journalists, this time a Washington correspondent with Fox News. Greenwald also delves into the legal logic behind the government’s efforts in what he sees as an effort to criminalize investigative reporting of national security issues.
“The IRS division responsible for flagging Tea Party groups has long been an agency afterthought, beset by mismanagement, financial constraints and an unwillingness to spell out just what it expects from social welfare nonprofits.” A report from ProPublica.