A special report: EPA WAVERS
OVER ONLINE INFORMATION
Producer: Lester Graham
"Some federal agencies
and laboratories have restricted access to
information. The government fears terrorists
could use some information to plan attacks
against the U.S. Following the terrorist attacks
on September 11th, the federal government
has been re-thinking its website policies."
About the Great Lakes Radio
"The Great Lakes Radio Consortium is a news service committed
to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the every-
day lives of people in the Great Lakes region.This is accomplished by
thoughtful and provocative explorations of the environment in a way
that reaches the widest possible audience.
In 1993, a diverse group of public radio outlets began planning for
an environmental news service to help redefine environmental reporting
in the Great Lakes region.National Public Radio's "Living on Earth,"
Michigan Public Radio, the Superior Radio Network, and 29 non-
commercial radio stations partnered together to develop the structure
for this weekly news service.[...] Today, the GLRC is carried by 140
stations in 10 states and reaches an annual audience over 30 million
listeners.[...] The GLRC also relies on an extensive network of freelance
producers and has aired stories from over 100 individual reporters.
The GLRC has also won over 50 national and state awards for
Recommended links to reports and commentaries:
(requires RealAudio. To download a free player, go to http://www.real.com/)
"Some federal agencies and laboratories have restricted access to information.
The government fears terrorists could use some information to plan attacks
against the U.S. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, the federal
government has been re-thinking its website policies. Anything that the government
feels could be used by terrorists was removed from the Internet. For example,
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission completely shut down its website for a
time and little of it has been restored." [...]
And from a related website . . .
The Post-September 11 Environment:
Access to Government Information
"The Los Alamos National Laboratory has removed information from its
web site. A number of reports have been removed from the Los Alamos site.
Follow any number of links from this page, and you will receive the message,
"We are unable to fill your request at this time. If you are trying to obtain a
technical report please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the report number,
your name, address, phone number, email. Thank you for your patience." Try
viewing the "Los Alamos Unclassified Publications Database" from this page,
and nothing is retrieved."
And also from GLRC, an excellent TV documentary at . . .
of the Land
"This documentary examines the economics behind suburban sprawl, studies
the quality of life in today's American suburbs, and searches the country for
innovative solutions to the loss of farmland and reckless third-ring suburban
Another related link . . .
Sierra Club Sprawl Report 2001: A Summary
download the Sierra Club PDF
"Our cars pollute less than they used to, but smog is still a serious problem.
How did this happen? For one, in many places there are simply more of us,
and that means more pollution. But we are also making bad decisions about
how we grow. The sprawling development of our suburbs and cities is forcing
us to drive farther and more often. Add to that the fact that cities are choosing to
expand and build more roads instead of investing in clean public transportation,
and it becomes obvious why smog and the quality of our air are still big problems."