Chevron Owns This City’s News Site. Many Stories Aren’t Told.

This article, a joint reporting project of Floodlight and NPR, is published here as part of the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now. Open flames shot upward from four smokestacks at the Chevron refinery on the western edge of Richmond, Calif. Soon, black smoke blanketed the sky. News spread quickly that day last November, but […]

A Texas Community Is Being Bombarded by Cancer-Causing Benzene. State Officials Have Known for Nearly Two Decades

For nearly 20 years, Texas environmental regulators have kept a disturbing secret. People living in a small, unincorporated community east of Houston are routinely breathing dangerous levels of benzene, a chemical linked to leukemia and other blood cancers. Emerging research also connects it to diabetes and reproductive problems.  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or […]