ABOUT SCORECARD|Scorecard in the News

Scorecard is widely cited by the media as the authoritative source for local environmental information. Online news services (ABCNews, CNN and MSN), major national newspapers (New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe), and local press across the country have informed their coverage of pollution by reporting on the facts as presented on Scorecard. Here are some highlights, sorted by date.

San Jose Mercury News - Activist group targets plant
November 4, 2006 — First, there's a loud explosion. Then a sinister sizzling sound, followed by flashing lights and a siren's wail. A camcorder shakily pans over a fire engine, and a fuzzy voice-over captures police orders to secure the area. The 15-minute documentary titled ``The Explosive Truth,'' made by the activist group Youth United for Community Action, purports to tell the story behind the accidental release of 4,000 gallons of chemicals in June at the Romic Environmental Technologies plant in East Palo Alto....YUCA joins a revival of youth-led political campaigns nationwide. Many have operating budgets in the millions, which they use to tackle such issues as racism, environmental health and economic injustice....YUCA is on solid footing in raising concerns about the vast quantities of chemicals stored and processed in East Palo Alto, most experts agreed. "That's a very legitimate concern," Pease said. "Given the volume they've got of these chemicals, if they're unable to maintain a safe process, accidents pose a significant risk to the community."
Quad Cities Online - Pollutants foul Q-C air
December 15, 2005 — "Total environmental releases at John Deere Seeding-Cylinder were among the worst in the nation according to scorecard.org. Deere spokesman Ken Golden said 'We take environmental stewardship very seriously. We work hard and spend millions of dollars on environmental remediation and pay close attention to these lists.'
TownOnline - Toxic confusion: a thousand points of ... dirt?
December 7, 2005 — "Do you think you ought to be able to find out what toxic chemicals are being released in your community? ...Let¿s look at our own county, Middlesex County and the useful information provided by Scorecard: the Pollution Information site... However, the EPA now seems to be backing away from its almost twenty-year commitment to keeping the public well-informed about toxic chemicals."
Bay City Times - Local companies among top polluters in Michigan
January 11, 2005 — Some of the state's biggest polluters are right here in Northeast Michigan, according to newly analyzed government data. The Consumers Energy Karn/Weadock power plant in Hampton Township ranks third in the Top 100 for total releases to air and water. For releases of recognized carcinogens to the air, Georgia-Pacific Corp. in Gaylord, which makes particle board, is No. 2, and Dow Chemical Co. in Midland is No. 4.
The Winchester Star - Winchester's Pactiv Corp. No. 13 on list of the nation's biggest environmental polluters
January 7, 2005 — Pactiv, a maker of Styrofoam products released more than 400,000 pounds of hazardous pollutants into the air in 2002. Topping the list was 3V Inc., a chemical company in Georgetown, S.C., that reportedly released more than 1.2 million pounds of unhealthy emissions in 2002.
Springfield News-Sun - A dubious distinction for Trutec
January 7, 2005 — Trutec, a heat treatment facility in PrimeOhio Corporate Park that is known for hardening metals and degreasing parts, ranked No. 77 nationwide, according to Environmental Defense. The company emits high levels of trichloroethylene, a chemical used to clean metal parts, said Bruno Maier, supervisor of monitoring at the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency. Although Trutec is within the allowable emissions, Maier said Environmental Defense's analysis is still helpful for residents.
The News & Advance - Mill 19th for toxin release; plant says data misleading
January 7, 2005 — Georgia-Pacific's Big Island paper mill ranks 19th in the country for releases of known carcinogens into the air, according to Environmental Defense. A steam reformer project at the plant, which is still being tested, will drastically cut the amount of toxins the plant puts into the air each year, Plant spokeswoman Zoe Miles said. In 2002, Big Island released more than 1 million pounds of chemicals into the environment. One of those chemicals, benzene, will drop from a reported 151,000 pounds in 2002 to zero, Miles said.
Lexington Herald-Leader - Group ranks Indiana plant second in nation for emissions
January 7, 2005 — A southern Indiana manufacturer of plastic liners for car batteries emits more air pollution linked to cancer than all but one of the nation's industrial plants. Environmental Defense said Daramic Inc. in Corydon, about 20 miles west of Louisville, Ky., emitted 1.09 million pounds of recognized carcinogens during 2002.
The Longview Daily News - Weyco mill No. 8 in carcinogen release
January 6, 2005 — Weyerhaeuser Co.'s Longview pulp and paper mill ranked eighth in the nation in 2002 for the volume of cancer-causing chemicals it released to the air. Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Defense reported Wednesday that the Longview plant emitted 585,000 pounds of carcinogens in 2002, the last year for which statistics are available.
The Times & Democrat - 3 Orangeburg, S.C.-area plants release cancer-causing pollutants
January 6, 2005 — Three regional industrial facilities ranked in the top 100 nationally for releases of cancer-causing pollutants for 2002. Orangeburg's Albemarle Corporation ranked 10th in the nation with the release of 507,081 pounds of carcinogenic pollution into the air. Dichloromethane is used in a number of industrial processes, particularly as a solvent. The chemical was the largest cited air pollutant. The Georgia-Pacific Fiberboard Plant in Holly Hill ranked 79th with the release of 152,488 pounds of carcinogenic pollution, including formaldehyde (used in lumber and wood products) and lead compounds. The Eastman Chemical Co. Voridian Division in Calhoun County ranked 93rd with 140,099 pollution pounds released, including acetaldehyde (found in industrial particleboard), lead compounds and 1,4-Dioxane.
Port Arthur News - Plants ranked as 2002 polluters
January 6, 2005 — Port Arthur's BASF FINA Petrochemicals plant was named by an environmental organization as one of 14 Texas facilities that released large amounts of cancer causing chemicals into the air in 2002. "The report is based on data from 2002," Jack Maurer, BASF spokesperson said by telephone from New Jersey. "That was during the start up of the Port Arthur facility. Our track record will show a significant improvement in both 2003 and 2004. We continue to optimize operations following start-up, and emissions are down significantly."
The News-Press - Sugar mill near Lake O ranked fifth in emissions
January 6, 2005 — A U.S. Sugar Corp. mill near Lake Okeechobee emits more carcinogens than almost any other facility in America. Bryant Mill produced 711,200 pounds of cancer-causing chemicals in 2002, the latest year of data available from EPA.
Lewiston Tribune - Group lists Potlatch as polluter; Lewiston mill ranks 48th
January 6, 2005 — Potlatch ranks 48 on the Environmental Defense list of top 100 facilities in the nation that emit cancer-causing pollutants into the air. It qualified by emitting 196,415 pounds of chemical pollutants considered carcinogens in 2002. Potlatch has reduced its emissions of carcinogens by 72 percent between 1998 and 2002. "We have made a lot of progress," said Sullivan. "I think that is reflected even in this Web site."
The Herald-Sun - Moncure company ranks high in pollutants
January 6, 2005 — Sierrapine Ltd., a particle board processor in southeast Chatham County, is one of four North Carolina facilities that are in the top 100 emitters of the most carcinogens in 2002... The facility in the top spot [for total environmental releases] was Progress Energy's Cape Fear Plant, a coal-fired power plant which released nearly 1.9 million pounds of chemicals in 2002.
WQAD Channel 8 News - Two Iowa plants among 100 worst 'legal polluters'
January 6, 2005 — The Archer Daniels Midland Corn Processing plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton were named among 100 businesses that released the most cancer-causing pollutants into the air in 2002. An A-D-M spokeswoman says both plants have made pollution control improvements since the data was compiled.
Concord Monitor - Candidates vie for anglers' loyalty - Research the key to casting votes
October 31, 2004 — The full-color flyer from the Benson re-election campaign arrived. "It's a Dirty Business" proclaimed the lettering below an industrial smokestack spewing orange smoke into a grim sky... Benson's flyer...invites readers to "Check the Facts for Yourself" at Scorecard.org. I did just that. Knoll barely registers on the lists compiled by Environmental Defense. It doesn't make the lists of 100 companies with the largest air, water or combined air and water toxic discharges.
MSN - Is Your Town Toxic? Our report card on the 101 best and worst cities in America
June 10, 2004 — When we dug into the data (courtesy of Scorecard.org) to determine the relative industrial toxicity of the 101 largest cities in the United States, Houston came out the most contaminated, followed closely by Portland, Oregon, and Jacksonville, Florida.
Organic Style Magazine - How toxic is your neighborhood?
June 1, 2004 — Go to scorecard.org and enter your zip code for the latest on air, water, and agricultural pollution. Exposure to pollutants can increase your chances of asthma, respiratory infections, and other problems. Click on the "Take Action" link to send an email to your local government, the EPA, and top-ranked polluters.
Miami Herald - San Jose Mercury News, Calif., Dan Gillmore Column
April 18, 2004 — Scorecard (www.scorecard.org) collects and shows what pollutants are being released into a community (sorted by ZIP code) and by whom.
Bowling Green Daily News - High-schooler presents findings of greenways survey
March 27, 2004 — According to www.scorecard.org, which Bowling Green High School students used to gather their data, Warren County ranked among the dirtiest 20 percent of all counties in the United States in 1999. A total of 92,522 people faced a cancer risk from air pollution, a risk more than 100 times that set by the Clean Air Act - and 90 percent of that risk came from mobile sources such as cars.
Casper Star Tribune - Republicans criticize EPA for linking to Scorecard
February 8, 2004 — U.S. Reps. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo) and Jim Gibbons (R-Nev) want the Environmental Protection Agency to delete web links to scorecard.org and rtk.net, charging the sites are operated by "extremist" groups. Wyoming Conservation Voters Executive Director Jason Marsden commented: "We've heard an awful lot over the years from Rep. Cubin about local control and local people being involved in decisions about the environment. Well, here's a service that actually allows you to find out what's going on in your area, but Barbara thinks that information is too dangerous for you to have."
The Mercury - Nitrogen oxide suspected cause of many health problems
February 2, 2004 — So what the heck are nitrogen oxides and why is the increase of their emissions considered significant?...The Web site www.scorecard.org, ...says scientists suspect nitrogen dioxide is a "toxicant" for the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, reproductive, neurological and respiratory systems as well as for blood, skin and sense organs.
Ball State Daily News - BSU might replace heating plant
January 13, 2004 — The amount of air pollution [caused by the plant] is pretty shocking," Blakney said. "We need to hold Ball State responsible for this."
Greenpeace - The Story Behind Greenpeace Planet
June 24, 2002 — Scorecard, the gold standard for environmental information and community building software...It bridges the gap between serving up passive information and creating a collaborative environment for action.
PBS - NOW with Bill Moyers - Kids and Chemicals: Are we making our children sick?
May 10, 2002 — There's a website called scorecard.org, enter whatever zip code you want, and it will give you a list of all of the toxic releases and you might be surprised. Because I felt like I knew my hometown and yet, learning about where the toxic waste sites were was like learning a brand new landscape.
Realtor.org - Get the Lowdown on Pollution Levels
March 1, 2002 — Homebuyers might not worry about industrial pollutants; especially in the case of long-distance moves, these factors are easy to overlook. With Scorecard.org, you can help them identify potential environmental hazards that could turn their dream home into a toxic nightmare.
New Scientist - Web Links
February 13, 2002 — New Scientist selects Scorecard as one of the best science web sites - environment and ecology
Society for Technical Communication - Using Web Tools to Communicate about Risks to the Public
December 15, 2001 — Scorecard is a "model...of environmental-data compilation that...provides a vast amount of environmental information about the United States... gathered at one location, integrated, analyzed, synthesized, and displayed in such a way as to make access easy and understanding clear."
MSNBC - Decreasing diesel's sooty exhaust
July 25, 2001 — "What's new is that we're seeing what a huge part of the total air hazard problem diesel represents," said David Roe, an environmental lawyer with ED. "It couldn't be seen before, because studies weren't looking for it."
100 Top Network - Scorecard Top Environmental Site on the Web
June 5, 2001
Environmental News Network - Web site exposes environmental inequities
May 1, 2001 — While the environmental justice movement has gained momentum over the past two decades, it has been starved for information....Environmental Defense hopes to help....the Web site lets visitors see who suffers the most from pollution in communities across the United States.
The Globe and Mail - Web sites smokes out your local polluters
April 10, 2001 — In an attempt to turn up the heat on polluters, environmentalists have set up an Internet service that allows Canadians to type in their postal codes and receive a listing of the toxic compounds released near their homes and the companies responsible for the pollutants.
GlobalTV - Web Site Targets Companies Polluting Your Area
April 10, 2001 — Ever wonder what kind of pollutants are infecting the air around your home?
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - Who's polluting? Just key in your postal code
April 10, 2001 — A new Web site lets Canadians keep an eye on who is polluting in their community.
Apple iReview - Four Star Rating for Scorecard
January 24, 2001 — Scorecard. org taps hundreds of data banks to reveal the environmental health of neighborhoods, regions and the nation.
USA Today - Hot Sites
January 12, 2001 — Scorecard introduces a series of user-friendly maps to help citizens learn more about environmental conditions in their geographic areas.
Jump - Screen Savers
September 1, 2000 — "Move over Erin Brockovich! Now you, too, can save the planet...send a 'shame on you' fax directly to companies that are destroying your surroundings."
Christian Science Monitor - When you don't know an Erin Brockovich
May 22, 2000 — "Before the Internet, public awareness about the location and toxicity of toxic sites was buried in dense paper volumes...But the Internet changes all that, making right-to-know data user-friendly. Now property owners have access to free lists of toxic releases in their neighborhood."
The Atlantic Monthly - Regulation by Shaming
April 1, 2000 — Scorecard "provides one view of the future. It combines most federal information on environmental conditions. Users can slice and dice data forty different ways, to explore the relative importance of environmental problems."
Risk Policy Report - Activists Plan to Add Superfund Data to Internet Scorecard
February 21, 2000 — "The move...is already raising concerns in industry because information will now be accessible in one place on individual Superfund sites and potentially responsible parties."
ABCNEWS.com - In Pursuit of Polluters -- Trigger-Happy Ecologists or Citizen Prosecutors?
January 21, 2000 — "Who's Polluting In Your Area?"
Environment - Is Your Back Yard a Hazard?
January 1, 2000 — "This site fully integrates the available information about the health effects of each chemical in a frequently-asked-questions format. The result is a powerful tool with which people can quickly learn about the toxic releases in their community and assess the relative risks of cancer, noncancer illnesses, developmental disorders, and reproductive health problems."
The Industry Standard - Not for Profit
November 29, 1999 — "EDF is one of the more technologically sophisticated and aggressive nonprofit users of the Internet; its Web program is more a glimpse of the future than a snapshot of the present."
MSNBC - Clinton beefs up environmental rules
October 30, 1999 — "With the Environmental Defense Fund's 'scorecard,' you can type in your zip code to learn about pollutants in your community.... 'One of the simplest but most potent tools in our fight against pollution is public information,' Clinton said. 'By requiring industries to tell communities how much they pollute the air and water, we empower citizens to fight back and create a powerful incentive for industry to pollute less.' Proof, he said, is that industrys toxic pollution has fallen almost 50 percent in the decades since reporting requirements took effect."
The New York Post - Study Puts Cancer Scare in the Air
October 12, 1999 — "Four of the city's five boroughs are among the 10 counties nationwide with the highest concentration of cancer-causing toxins in the air, a new analysis of government data reveals."
Boston Globe - Pollution is down, so should laws go?
September 13, 1999 — "It's the kind of news story that gives corporate executives nightmares: the government release of a 'worst polluters' list. Being on 'the list' means protesters at the gate, more regulators prowling around, and the simple embarrassment of explaining to friends and family... The rise of the Internet has made these disclosures more powerful, bringing detailed, easily analyzed information about manufacturing plants into homes and offices around the world. The Environmental Defense Fund has even created an Internet 'Scorecard' (www.scorecard.org) where visitors punch in their zip code to get detailed reports on every nearby toxic chemical source."
Yahoo Internet Life - Polluters Beware: Hold Your Breath! This Environmental Site Tracks Toxins in Your Area -- and Isn't Afraid to Name Names
August 9, 1999 — "A remarkable environmental web site...with detailed -- and sometimes incriminating -- information...from over 200 major government databases... Anxious to know if you're one of the millions who live in the wrong place with the wrong grime? To get an answer, Scorecard expects of you only one prerequisite: that you know your ZIP code."
The Oregonian - Pollution study cites small firms, autos
May 14, 1999 — "It really points to the need for better numbers and better monitoring," said Sarah Armitage, a natural resource specialist with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. "We don't have a complete picture yet."
Los Angeles Times - Smog Fight Is Just Beginning
April 25, 1999 — "Should this latest report from the Environmental Defense Fund, with its scary assertion that air throughout Ventura County contained enough chemicals to boost the risk of contracting cancer 310 times above federal Clean Air Act goals, send us on a stampede for gas masks? Not at all. But it should remind us that efforts to eliminate smog have only begun. It is up to all of us--government, corporation, family, individual--to continue the fight."
Science - Netwatch
April 23, 1999 — "EDF's Scorecard, a trove on industrial and vehicle emissions, was enhanced this week with controversial estimates of how much emissions actually wind up in the air....Scorecard, which is 'pretty sophisticated and responsible,' shouldn't be confused with less credible sites, says George Gray of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis."
CNN.com - Study: Most Americans face air cancer risk
April 23, 1999 — "The air you breathe may seem safe. But is it really? More than 220 million Americans breathe air that is 100 times more toxic than the goal set by Congress 10 years ago, according to figures calculated by the Environmental Defense Fund. And for 11 million people, the cancer risk from their neighborhood air is more than 1,000 times higher than Congress's goal, the group says."
Los Angeles Times - Smog Study Points to Local Cancer Risk
April 22, 1999 — "Despite decades of smog cleanup, toxic air pollution poses an excessive cancer risk to people in the region that includes Ventura County....The results from the EPA's computer model correspond with actual measurements taken at the county's only toxic air pollution monitoring station in Simi Valley. Based on measurements from that station, 303 people in 1 million could be expected to contract cancer over a lifetime from chemicals in the air in east Ventura County. Regulations aim to keep the cancer risk below one in 1 million.... The EPA is completing a study using 1996 data, which Zemsky says will take into account new air standards and lower pollution levels. Results of that work are expected later this year."
Philadelphia Daily News - Virtual tree hugs mark Earth Day '99
April 22, 1999 — "This week, the Environmental Defense Fund unveiled a search engine that allows anyone with a computer to check out local cancer risks from airborne toxics. (Philadelphia is ranked fifth among all counties in the country.)"
The Boston Globe - Air quality report finds cancer risks for most New Englanders
April 21, 1999 — "Federal and state officials, along with fellow environmentalists, praised the Environmental Defense Fund report, posted on the internet at www.scorecard.org, as a powerful new tool that will allow people to get detailed information on the contaminants in their local air and compare it to other places. 'It's critically important that we get this issue on people's radar screens. This is the first time that we and the public have had any real numbers,' said John DeVillars, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. 'Imperfect as the numbers may be, they nevertheless demonstrate that this is a significant problem.'"
The Wichita Eagle - Dirty air poses risk across nation: In the first national ranking of toxic chemicals in the air, Kansas ranks well.
April 20, 1999 — "Kansas' air is among the cleanest in the nation, according to a new ranking from the Environmental Defense Fund, a New-York-based environmental group. Particularly in rural areas, the air here contains lower levels of toxic chemicals than in many states."
ABCNEWS.com - How Clean Is Your Air? Just Type in a ZIP Code
April 20, 1999 — "The EDF spent months putting the data into an easy-to-use format and adding the estimated health risk presented by such hazardous chemicals....By airing the information in public, EDF hopes to ignite some changes....So take a not-so-deep breath, and decide for yourself."
The Detroit News - County's air toxins far exceed EPA levels
April 20, 1999 — "Of the toxic chemicals found in Oakland County's air, according to the study, 61 percent came from cars, trucks and other vehicles, 23 percent from small businesses and 16 percent from industrial sources. That worries Lisa Griffin, 35, of Birmingham, but it doesn't surprise her.... 'I'm concerned about my children, but I can't believe it's just Oakland County. I would think it's got to be everywhere,' Griffin said."
Excite News - Toxic chemicals high in Manhattan
April 20, 1999 — "...new government estimates of toxic chemical concentrations in the air indicate that 1.48 million residents of Manhattan live in neighborhoods where the additional cancer risk from toxic chemicals in outdoor air was more than 100 times higher than the goal set by Congress..."
The Economist - www.democracy.com
April 3, 1999 — "There is a lot of blather about how the Internet interfaces with democracy, but some things make it all seem real. www.scorecard.org is as real as hotdogs. This website, set up a year ago by the Environmental Defense Fund, turns the modern data deluge into a jet hose pointed a polluters."
Fortune.com - High Tech's High Pollution
March 22, 1999 — "Out here in Silicon Valley we don't make things that pollute the environment....At least that's what I thought [until I found] the Environmental Defense Fund's very impressive Web site...I typed in 94301 for Palo Alto and what came up doesn't exactly give Silicon Valley a clean bill of environmental health."
Chemical Bond - The Time is Right for Right-to-Know
March 1, 1999 — "A revolution is taking place in the way that the public receives information about the chemical industry: Internet Web sites such as the Environmental Defense Funds (EDF) Chemical Scorecard includes right-to-know information that is available to the public 24-hours-a-day."
ABCnews.com - Patrolling Pig Poop: Web Site Watches Waste
January 22, 1999 — "While most Americans watch their waistlines, people in North Carolina watch their wastes. This focus on feces has never been easier for these folks since the Environmental Defense Fund launched its popular Hog Watch site on the Web."
Winston Salem Journal - FARM SCOOP: Web site keeps track of hog waste
December 10, 1998 — "The North Carolina Environmental Defense Fund started the Web site to inform citizens about hog operations and ultimately get them involved in policy-making, said group attorney Dan Whittle. 'It informs, educates and activates,' he said."
Information Today - Picks of the Month
December 1, 1998 — "At the Chemical Scorecard (http://www.scorecard.org), just enter your ZIP code, click the search button, and bingo!"
newmedia.com - December '98 Invision Awards
December 1, 1998 — The Environmental Defense Fund was awarded New Media's Invision Gold Medal (for Nonprofit Social/Community Project) for its Scorecard.org Campaign.
Environmental News Network - Earth-Friendly Living: Pollution scorecards on the net
November 19, 1998 — "If you want the dirt on the dirt in your town -- and who's dishing it (and just how much) -- start here."
Chemical Week - Industry Outreach Enters the Information Age
October 21, 1998 — "By making environmental data available to people in language they can understand, EDF has taught companies an important lesson in communications....'Clearly, the EDF Web site is going to drive companies to make more data available on the Internet,' says Mike Pierle, Solutia's v.p./EH&S."
Plastics News - CMA, EDF put different spins on Web data
October 12, 1998 — "'We believe in this concept of right to know,' said Jeffrey Van, spokesman for Arlington, VA-based CMA. 'Has it been perverted? Sure.'"
Oracle Magazine - Next Generation Web: The Evolution of Thin
September 1, 1998 — "One example of an extremely robust, interactive Web site that integrates an Oracle8 database is the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Chemical Scorecard (www.scorecard.org). . . . Beyond the technological foundations, the CNN Custom News site and the EDF's Chemical Scorecard highlight a key benefit of Internet technology, the realization of that overworked buzzword from the early 1990s: empowerment. . . . 'Behind every good Web site is a great database.' Applications such as the Scorecard and CNN Custom News sites are at the leading edge of what becomes possible when databases and Web technologies are combined."
ZDTV - Incredibly Useful Sites: The Chemical Scorecard
August 21, 1998 — "It's a lot of information, but it's laid out in a format that's easy to understand...here you have the knowledge and tools necessary to fight for a safer environment."
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, Vol. 6, Issue 7 - Risk in Perspective: Risk-Based Environmental Advocacy
August 1, 1998 — "In addition to being a masterful use of diverse databases and computer technology, the new EDF site contains information that is more risk-oriented than the information released each year by U.S. EPA."
National Academy Press - Cool Science Sites
August 1, 1998 — Scorecard picked by National Academy Press as 'Cool Site Of The Month,' August 1998.
emagazine.com - Toxic Targets - Polluters That Dump on Communities of Color Are Finally Being Brought to Justice
July 1, 1998 — It can be disheartening to learn that, 28 years after the first Earth Day, such conditions still exist, but the good news is that people are fighting back, and--for once--the law may be on their side.
Chemical Week - The Internet Bomb, Scorecard Hits Home: Web Site Confirms Internet's Reach
June 3, 1998 — "Whether the forum was CMA's board meeting in Phoenix, Socma's annual meeting in Palm Beach, or the new Jersey Chemical Industry Council's annual get-together in Absecon, one topic dominated industry meetings this April: the Chemical Scorecard web site unveiled by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF; New York) that month." See full article.
ABCNEWS.com - The Little Web Site of Environmental Horrors
May 26, 1998 — "Some polluted industrial sites are enough to scare anyone. And knowing, or not knowing, that you live close to one can be even scarier."
Winston-Salem Journal - N.C. counties rank high on pollution list
May 11, 1998 — "'Nobody wants to be No. 1 on that list,' said George Everett, the director of the Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council of North Carolina."
Mining Co. - Ecological Spending
May 10, 1998 — "The Environmental Defense Fund has put together an excellent site on chemical pollution and polluters in your area...I was shocked at the amount of pollutants in my area. This is a very effective site."
Newsweek en español - Protección ambiental
May 6, 1998 — "Nadie quiere desechos tóxicos en el patio de su casa. Pero a veces es difficil reconocer un lugar limpio....Quienes quieran comprar una casa podrán saber en qué lugar la hierba es más verde."
InfoWorld - Power to the People
May 4, 1998 — "You can find out exactly what's been released and what the known toxic effects are, and you can even see a map of your area showing just where the polluting companies are located."
USA Today - USA Today Hot Sites/The Scout Report
May 1, 1998 — Scorecard selected as Hot Site, USA Today Guide to Hot Sites: Weekend Edition, May 1-3, 1998.
Yahoo! - Yahoo!'s Picks of the Week
April 27, 1998 — "[The Scorecard]...provides links that allow you to email the EPA, network with environmental groups, or learn how to prevent pollution in the first place."
Web Magazine - Winner of Newborn Site of the Day, Editor's Choice: EDF'S CHEMICAL SCORECARD
April 27, 1998 — "The Environmental Defense Fund has launched this virtual wall of shame just in time to catch some of the lingering Earth Day activism."
New York Times - Web Site Dishes Dirt On Major Polluters
April 22, 1998 — "One of the most ambitious environmental sites on the Net."
Reuters - Web Site Lists Polluters on Chemical Scorecard
April 22, 1998 — "It's the power of shame--and now the Web is giving polluters even more cause to be nervous about what the people might find out."
San Francisco Chronicle - Finding Polluters Close to Home, Information on Toxics Just a Click Away
April 21, 1998 — "In practice...the bureaucracy for dispensing [environmental] information is so cumbersome that only the most dogged environmental activist could get at it. Until now."
NY Daily News - Dump Scorecard
April 19, 1998 — "Just enter your zip code and blammo! Out spits a list of big bad companies and the poundage of toxic chemical wastes they've contributed to Mother Earth...A great resource, especially if you're planning to move to a new area."
San Jose Mercury News - Web Offers Details on Companies' Pollution
April 16, 1998 — "...one of the most far-reaching marriages of computer technology and environmental activism yet."
Reuters - Web Site Becomes Tool in Anti-Pollution Arsenal
April 16, 1998 — "The deployment of data on the Scorecard is so effective...even the offending companies will consult it."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Reaction Overwhelms Chemical Web Site
April 16, 1998 — "It's an environmentalist's dream..."
Seattle Times - Web Site Aims to Get Polluters to Clean Up Act
April 16, 1998 — "This is a grand slam of a site for folks with an interest in toxic chemicals."
ABCNEWS.com - How Dirty Is Your Town?
April 15, 1998 — "Ever wonder whether that factory near your child's school could be the source of dangerous chemical releases?... the Chemical Scorecard now makes that information as easy to find as the local weather."
San Francisco Examiner - Toxic-Pollutants List Available On-line
April 15, 1998 — "...the EDF Chemical Scorecard...will make 'right to know' a household word..."
Wired News - A Shining Light on Toxic Threats
April 15, 1998 — "The arsenal of weapons against the top corporate polluters in the United States just got bigger."
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