EnviroReporter.com features the work of investigative journalist/publisher Michael Collins and editor/webmaster Denise Anne Duffield.
EnviroReporter makes extensive use of original radiation tests, videos, databases, photographs and graphics. These multiple media platforms engage the reader and back up with hard data multiple discoveries that have been made in the course of ongoing investigations.
Environmental problems are caused in large part by corporations, governments and people. Investigating environmental issues isn’t just about the numbers; it’s about divining the character and intent of a wide range of people and players. It’s about getting to the truth and reporting it with the authority that earns the trust of the reader.
Since the Fukushima Daiichi triple meltdowns began March 11, 2011 until now, Collins and Duffield have taken thousands of radiation tests of the air, water, rain, snow, food, drink and jet cabin air at altitude on the road and across the skies of 17 states across America. Nine radiation stations in the United States and Australia provide data, forecasts and original testing with nearly 2,000 tests and reports which are ongoing. Thousands of food and drink tests in 19 countries, the European Union and the Pacific Ocean are found in Radiation Food Lab, the most comprehensive data collection in the world. RadNet Air Monitoring organizes into user-friendly organization the U.S. EPA’s 123-city radiation station beta and gamma monitors across America, updated daily. [The EPA replaced these beta graphs with RadNet interface panels in August 2015 making the information much harder, if not impossible, to access.]
The third anniversary of the Fukushima meltdowns March 11, 2014 saw Collins and Duffield publish Fukushima – The Perfect Crime? which blew the lid off of how extensive the triple meltdowns’ radiation contamination is in the Pacific Ocean and across North America. The exposé also exposed mainstream and alternative media’s lockstep denial of the disaster’s effects as well as show how even concerns covering the crisis have repeatedly undermined their credibility which has bolstered so-called ‘meltdown deniers.’
Hard-nosed journalism backed up by evidence is also the hallmark of the first five parts of the ongoing “Boeing’s Meltdown Makeover” series which began in December 2012. The 33,000-word investigation revealed Boeing’s massive “greenwashing” campaign run by a former LA Times reporter turned PR flack, as well as the company’s successful “astroturfing” of the community. The exposé also demonstrated the collusion of state regulatory agencies to undermine the community and portray the Santa Susana Field Laboratory as already clean enough for a park when massive amounts of radiation, chemicals and other toxins remain.
Furthering this investigation in March 2014, and throughout 2014, is EnviroReporter.com‘s China Syndrome Town. The four part series exposes a new twist on these plots that would keep the Santa Susana Field Laboratory radioactive and chemically contaminated, saving the polluters hundreds of millions. If lab owner Boeing, government agencies, and astroturfers are successful, the toxic land could become Glow in the Dark Park or a new Chumash gambling casino.
Collins’ reporting on the Rocketdyne, site of three partial nuclear reactor meltdowns including America’s worst meltdown in 1959, began in 1998. This is an indication of the tenaciousness with which these issues are covered. After all, Rocketdyne sits at the headwaters of the Los Angeles River which is slated for a $2 billion revival, centerpiece of the city of L.A.’s 50-year Master Plan. Media coverage of this major issue is poor in Southern California even as this site has the potential to effect millions of people and thousands of acres of valuable land. That land includes Rocketdyne-adjacent Runkle Canyon where KB Homes plans to build 461 dwellings on land that has had radiological and chemical contamination readings glossed over by the developer and state regulators. This ongoing investigation began in 2005. [KB Home’s Runkle Canyon development is now called Arroyo Vista at the Woodlands.]
EnviroReporter.com began in 2006 and has won numerous honors for its work. In 2012, it won Los Angeles Press Club’s First Place for “News Organization – Exclusive to the Internet” in 2011.
Duffield and Collins were named Online Journalists of the Year for 2007 at the 50th Southern California Journalism Awards. Collins was Journalist of the Year for 2006 (print under 100,000 circulation) for the Los Angeles Press Club for his work in Los Angeles CityBeat. Also in 2007, EnviroReporter.com’s Collins and Duffield won First Place for 2006 for Online News Story, Feature, Series or Package for its “Real Hot Property” series.
EnviroReporter.com‘s environmental reporting, and print media articles, have resulted in over $6 billion worth of change that has benefited Southern California. This includes derailing a toxin-tainted $2 billion development in 2003 at Ahmanson Ranch, stopping private development worth $4 billion in 2007 partly over the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration biomedical nuclear dump and uncovering contamination issues that helped lead to a $46 million cleanup of Aerojet Chino Hills.
Southern California legacy media outlets for this work have included LA Weekly, Miller-McCune, Ventura County Reporter, Pasadena Weekly, OC Weekly and Los Angeles magazine. Collins has also appeared on numerous television shows and Internet radio discussing Fukushima meltdowns fallout in the Pacific Ocean and North America, Rocketdyne, Runkle Canyon and other environmental stories.
Legacy media’s valuable contributions to the public good are rapidly diminishing in relation to the rise of New Media, as EnviroReporter.com shows. Our 2013 investigative series Black Swan Songs, which uncovers the woeful state of America’s nuclear installations’ bulwark against terrorism, illustrates the power of really drilling down into a topic and breaking important news that affects national security. The 23,000-word, five-part series is unequaled in its revealing the challenges of keeping nuclear reactors and spent fuel rods safe from clearly identified threats. Not content to just expose the problems of nuclear fuel safety, EnviroReporter.com also provided the security solutions freely and in detail.
One of the best examples of the quality and breadth of EnviroReporter.com‘s investigative journalism is our ability to act nimbly in the field to capture stories we weren’t expecting. Our feature showing massive amounts of radiation in Death Valley rains in November 2013 is an excellent example of how we are leaders in environmental investigative journalism which thrives at EnviroReporter.com.
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March 11, 2016: Five years ago the triple meltdowns at Fukushimi Dai-ichi Japan began. Since then EnviroReporter.com has produced more than 8,383 special tests and original reports including 3,013 measurements and analyses from nine affiliated Radiation Stations and 5,364 samples and radiation experiments from Radiation Station Santa Monica California. EnviroReporter.com has over 2,091,714 readers and 1,577,392 viewers along with the 23,497 people who have seen Radiation Station Glendale California‘s continuous online streaming. Over 203,920 viewers have watched 98 original videos on our YouTube channel and we’ve received tens of thousands of Facebook ‘likes’ for our site, investigations and Facebook channel. Thank you for your interest and support.
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2012 Southern California Journalism Awards where EnviroReporter.com won First Place “News Organization – Exclusive to the Internet.”
Rolling into our fifth year of in-depth investigations of the environment.
“Three Keys – Three Years”
EnviroReporter.com> celebrates three years
“Ten Years After – Two Years On”
LA Press Club’s 2007 Online Journalists of the Year.
Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn honors Collins at LA Press Club.
EnviroReporter.com racks up the awards for its work.
Dean Kuipers chronicles Michael Collins’ investigation of Ahmanson Ranch.
Ahmanson Ranch Timeline – “How investigative reporting stopped a public health disaster,” says CityBeat‘s Dean Kuipers of Collins’ reporting.
Dr. Bennett Ramberg’s Los Angeles Daily Journal article crediting Collins with stopping Ahmanson Ranch development.