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Two decades ago, Democrats and Republicans together sought to protect Americans from nearly 200 dangerous chemicals in the air they breathe. That goal remains unfulfilled. Today, hundreds of communities are still exposed to the pollutants, which can cause cancer, birth defects and other serious health issues. A secret government “watch list” underscores how much government knows about the threat — and how little it has done to address it.

The Center and other Investigative News Network members produced reports for this nationwide collaborative investigation, led by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News and National Public Radio.

The Center’s story: Under legal pressure, Wisconsin coal-fired power plants trim emissions Nov. 19, 2011

Controversial coal plantsEmissions and lawsuits for seven big polluters

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Kate Golden, multimedia director and reporter, specializes in environmental stories and data visualizations.