Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Terror on the Tracks
This site features Carl Prine's original reporting for the Tribune's extensive investigation of vulnerable railways. In addition to articles and multimedia, the Trib has compiled data from the Federal Railroad Administration into a database that allows you to search for facilities in your community that received defects between 2003 and 2005.
Federal Railroad Administration
The FRA is the federal organization responsible for rail safety. Its site features their research and latest legislation on the subject. National Hazardous Materials Audit (PDF)
This 2006 FRA audit is a survey of how rail carriers handle the transport of hazardous materials.
Library of Congress
Legislation to improve the security of railroads, public transportation, and over-the-road buses in the United States.
Department of Health and Human Services
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Toxicology profiles detailing the adverse health effects of hazardous chemicals from A to Z.
Toxic Chemical Threats
"The EPA identified more than 100 chemical plants that each threatens a million or more people up to 25 miles away from a plant. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory estimates that 100,000 people could be killed or injured in the first 30 minutes following such an attack."
This multimedia special report details the risk of a dangerous chemical spill in crowded inland rails. Features include video, animations and slideshows of actual spills and emergency response scenarios in the event of future disasters.
Trains Hauling Chemicals Through Cities Meet Challenge
A report from NPR, "Every year, freight trains in the United States carry chemicals so toxic that they could kill anyone inhaling the fumes. The trains often travel through the center of America's cities, raising worries that terrorists could attack them and cause mass casualties. But ordinances to reroute the trains are tied up in court."
PBS NOW with David Brancaccio
The PBS newsweekly features information on three toxic chemicals frequently transported on the U.S. railways and a survey of rail workers on railway security.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The U.S. Department of Justice maintains this site, which offers an overview of how you can submit an FOIA request, along with contact information.
Wayback Machine Internet Archive
The Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library, with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.
Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR)
Established in 1977, CIR sponsors and produces invesigative projects for television, radio, print, and the Web.
Investigative Reporters and Investigative Reporters, Inc. (IRE)
IRE provides educational services to reporters, editors, and others interested in investigative journalism and works to maintain high professional standards.
Columbia Journalism Review
Published bi-monthly since 1961 by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CJR is the preeminent magazine for professional journalists. Its articles cover trends in the journalism and media industries, professional ethics, and the stories behind the news.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism
The Fund for Investigative Journalism awards grants to reporters seeking to undertake investigative projects without the backing of a major news organization. Past FIJ-supported projects have won a variety of awards -- among them Seymour Hersh's Pulitzer Prize for his report on the U.S. Army massacre in the Vietnamese village of My Lai.
The Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity is a non-partisan nonprofit organization that works to produce original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern.
The National Security Archive
An independent non-governmental research institute, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Established in 2006 as an independent division of the World Security Institute, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting identifies, sponsors, and distributes independent investigative reporting.
The Smoking Gun
The Smoking Gun Web site uses materials gained via the Freedom of Information Act to weigh in on current issues in the news.