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 March 26, 2014 – and counting – Collins and Duffield have taken over 3,618 radiation tests of air, water, rain, snow, food, drink and jet cabin air at altitude in 13 states across America. Nine radiation stations in the United States and Australia provide data, forecasts and original testing totaling over 1,915 tests and reports as of March 26, 2014. Thousands of food and drink tests in 12 countries, the European Union and the Pacific Ocean are found in Radiation Food Lab, the most comprehensive data collection in the world. The most wide-ranging and voluminous set of radiation-related articles are in Rad News Digest. 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.
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.
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.
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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2012 Southern California Journalism Awards where EnviroReporter.com won First Place “News Organization – Exclusive to the Internet.”
Blazing into our fifth year of in-depth investigations of the environment and the curious characters who inhabit it.
“Three Keys – Three Years”
EnviroReporter.com> celebrates three years
“Ten Years After – Two Years On”
EnviroReporter.com> celebrates two years
Denise Anne Duffield and Michael Collins are LA Press Club’s Online Journalists of the Year for 2007, awarded June 2008.
Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn honors Collins at LA Press Club blowout party.
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.