March 17th, 2014

Toxic trial evidence

The Center for Investigative Reporting

NewsHour Extra has teamed up with The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Guardian to bring their groundbreaking story about toxic waste to life in your classroom through a mock trial lesson plan.

This resource page is designed so teachers using the lesson plan can easily access and display the evidence used in the trial to their students. Just click on the links below to bring up these creative interactives that will inform and entertain your students. For the complete lesson plan and materials please click here.

A. The toxic trail

Toxic waste is shipped, treated and burned all across the country

Toxic Trail Map


B. The Superfund next door

There are over 1,300 Superfund sites across the United States. How close is one to where you live?

Evidence B



C. Breaking down the pump and treat process

Evidence C


 D. From the Superfund to your dinner plate

The path and process toxic waste takes from the dioxins created in carbon regeneration plants to the soil and grass animals eat to human consumption

Evidence D


E. The proliferation of Superfunds

There are several documented milestones in the life of a superfund. From proposal to ‘deletion’, here is a look at the lives of all 1,679 to have ever made the official National Priorities List.

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F.  Carbon cost

Although the EPA does designate Superfund sites, it doesn’t actually clean the sites and shares oversight responsible with the companies deemed responsible for the pollution and states. Confirm carbon emissions.

Evidence F


G.  Overseeing a cleanup

Cleaning up a superfund site involves many participants with different responsibilities. A typical cleanup involves the responsible party, the EPA and the state.

Evidence G


I. Preview of American Experience’s Silicon Valley


J. The Love Canal disaster: toxic waste in the neighborhood from the New York Times

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