2012 was a banner year for EnviroReporter.com’s in-depth investigations of Fukushima, Rocketdyne, Runkle Canyon, fracking, perchlorate and a host of controversial environmental issues. New Media technology helped propel site’s coverage to new levels of investigative journalism excellence as scandal after scandal are exposed by the multi-award winning news website.
EnviroReporter.com wins First Place for “Website – News Organization – Exclusive to the Internet” at the 54th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards Gala Dinner was held at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles June 24, 2012. The win for the website is a strong affirmation that our coverage of the ongoing Fukushima meltdowns is valued by alternative and mainstream media. The team of Denise Anne Duffield and Michael Collins, who serve as editor and reporter respectively for the website, also placed in the competition for Online Journalist of the Year and Online Investigative series also for their radiation contamination in North America work.
EnviroReporter.com was featured on G4TV’s “Attack of the Show!” on April 16, 2012 where host Kevin Pereira and journalist Michael Collins discuss Fukushima meltdowns’ fallout and contamination of the Pacific Ocean and North America. This mainstream media coverage, seen by nearly 2 million AOTS! viewers, is historic in it being the first such program to boldly explore this subject.
After thousands of radiation tests and comments, seen by nearly two million viewers, EnviroReporter.com inaugurates Radiation Conversation starting with startling revelations of high levels of radiation in Japanese products in Southern California, including beer, sake and green tea. Also, new evidence of the spread of Fukushima fallout is found at alarming levels at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion indicating airborne radiation’s slow spread across the entire Northern Hemisphere.
EnviroReporter.com weeds out disgruntled Rocketdyne commenters freshly aroused by new LA Weekly article “Rocketdyne Cleanup Won’t Help Runkle Canyon.” What once were anonymous comment posters now find themselves on the receiving end of being outed. New technology finds function illumninating the phonies that are lighting up the Weekly‘s comment page.
Just days before the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, the First Annual Toxies Awards took place at the legendary Egyptian Theatre across the boulevard. A rogue’s gallery of “bad actors” with names like Trichloroethylene, Hydrofluoric Acid and Toluene competed for Toxies in this first-ever awards ceremony celebrating the worst of the 85,000 chemicals we come into contact with on a regular basis. One bad actor, Perchlorate, was a sleak silver rocket girl with thrusters for feet, so beautiful as fireworks, she was ‘the chemical that launched a thousand rockets’ including mine.
Denise Anne Duffield, my multi-award-winning website designer, editor and better half, pulls out all the stops in this redesign which now features a blog, posts with comments, an RSS feed, and easy ways to share articles with others via e-mail and social bookmarking sites.
Environmental investigations can take a lot of time and are arduous to research, write and produce. We call it “the slog.” There are times that are especially trying like getting Version 2 of EnviroReporter.com up and running properly. It’s just at times like these that kind words remind Denise Anne and I why we do what we do. And now that we are in our eleventh year reporting on the lab, it also reminded us never to take any complements too seriously.
The West LA VA has committed $1 million to a second phase nuclear dump survey of its property in Brentwood. “We’re going to waste a million dollars for no purpose,” a VA official said to an LA city insider in four-hour discussions before the September 6 CARES public meeting.
The office of Congressman Henry Waxman has refused repeated media requests to see 5,500 pages of information supplied to him by the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding the West Los Angeles VA. The Congressman is portrayed by staffers as not wanting to share any “sensitive financial” documents that might violate an agreement with VA Secretary R. James Nicholson.