The “Feddie” Award for Reporting on Federal Rules and Local Impact

In 2010, the National Press Foundation established this award to recognize the federal government’s effect on business and economic life in America. It is open to any U.S.-based journalist whose work represents the highest standards of journalism. The award, named “The Feddie,” comes with a cash prize of $5,000 which will be given at the NPF Annual Awards Dinner.

The Houston Chronicle will receive the National Press Foundation’s “Feddie” Award for Reporting on Federal Rules and Local Impact.

The winning entry was an ambitious investigative project about chemical plant regulation, or lack thereof, titled “Chemical Breakdown.”

The NPF judges said: “The Houston Chronicle investigation broke new ground about the dangers of chemical plants and storage facilities and packaged it in a way that showed this to be a significant problem. The Chronicle reported that federal agencies are under-funded and under-resourced, and the federal void leaves oversight to a patchwork of often inadequate state and local regulators. The Chronicle also created an interactive tool that allows readers to look up chemical facilities that exist in their own backyards.”