Chronicle Explored Weak Regulation of Chemical Plants

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.”

The award-winning team: Susan Carroll, Michael Ciaglo, Mark Collette and Matt Dempsey.

Dempsey, Carroll, Collette and Ciaglo

Dempsey, Carroll, Collette and Ciaglo 

They will receive the award at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards dinner on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, D.C., along with other award winners. Learn more about the NPF dinner here.

In 2010, the National Press Foundation established the “Feddie” Award for Reporting on Federal Rules and Local Impact. The award recognizes the federal government’s effect on business and economic life in the United States. Past Feddie winners can be seen here.

The National Press Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is run by and for journalists. NPF’s sole mission is to educate practicing journalists about today’s most pressing issues and critical toolbox training.