"Should I believe when I call them that their test results are clean? Maybe not." -- Dina Cappiello, reporter Houston Chronicle
For thousands of residents living alongside industrial plants in Southeast Texas, the odors, dust and noise in the air were clear signs the plants were polluting the environment. But no one ever bothered to tell them exactly what they were breathing until the Houston Chronicle
published its series of investigative articles called "In Harm's Way." The Chronicle
's testing confirmed that "air toxics," including known human carcinogens, were being emitted into local communities. At the same time, the paper reported, Texas's guidelines for regulating such toxics were among the most lenient and vague in the country. EXPOSÉ details the Chronicle
investigation that put a human face on the issues of industrial pollution and regulation.
Read original reporting in the Houston Chronicle
: "In Harm's Way: A Houston Chronicle Special Report"