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In 2015, we published an investigation on how exposures to a solvent common in paint strippers -- called methylene chloride -- were linked to at least 56 accidental exposure deaths in the U.S. since 1980 (https://publicintegrity.org/workers-rights/worker-health-and-safety/unequal-risk/these-paint-strippers-are-killing-people-the-epa-promised-to-act-but-hasnt/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) .

The European Union pulled methylene chloride paint strippers from general use in 2011, but despite decades of evidence about the dangers, the U.S. didn't follow suit, or even require better warnings.

Nearly four years later, the EPA has finally issued a rule restricting retail sales of these products (https://publicintegrity.org/workers-rights/worker-health-and-safety/unequal-risk/epa-restricts-sales-of-deadly-paint-strippers-after-years-of-delays/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) . When the rule was proposed in January 2017, it cited our reporting multiple times.

For a while, the proposed ban languished. Safety advocates and victims' families pressed for action. Some retailers voluntarily stopped selling paint strippers containing the solvent.

Jamie Smith Hopkins first started reporting on this in 2015, beginning with a tip and using public records to compile a record of deaths stretching back decades.

The latest development in the story comes during Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information (http://sunshineweek.org/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) , and is an example of how public records help us keep those in power accountable.

All week on social media, we've been spotlighting examples of our investigative work. Here's the roundup:
* Susan Ferriss dug into a database of government court settlements to find Customs and Border Protection had been quietly settling lawsuits, a story we partnered on with the Washington Post (https://publicintegrity.org/immigration/shocked-and-humiliated-lawsuits-accuse-customs-border-officers-of-invasive-searches-of-minors-women/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) :
* Our look last April at the truth behind border claims, according to U.S. Border Patrol data (https://publicintegrity.org/immigration/as-trump-plans-for-troops-at-the-border-numbers-show-border-arrests-are-down/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) .
* Our response to a reader question: How many people who have been deported have kids who are citizens (https://publicintegrity.org/immigration/ice-data-tens-of-thousands-of-deported-parents-have-u-s-citizen-kids/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) ?
* Patrick Malone and Jeffrey Smith's story with the Daily Beast on how the government lost track of plutonium -- and its silence on the matter (https://publicintegrity.org/national-security/plutonium-is-missing-but-the-government-says-nothing/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) .
* Carrie Levine's look into the ongoing saga of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' failure to divest from stocks despite saying he did -- and her latest, a look at why Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's financial disclosures haven't been certified. (A fun twist: Last week, via FOIA, Levine got emails showing how officials responded to a story she wrote on Ross' financial conflicts two years ago (https://twitter.com/levinecarrie/status/1101571777065598977?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) ).
* Liz Whyte and Joe Yerardi's dive with NPR on drugmakers' influence on how states decide which medicines are put on the Medicaid preferred drug list. (https://publicintegrity.org/state-politics/medicaid-under-the-influence/how-drugmakers-sway-states-to-profit-off-of-medicaid/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID])

The point: Public records are vital to investigative reporting, to journalism, and to our mission statement: exposing betrayals of the public trust by powerful interests.

UPDATES AND IMPACTS

BETO'S IN: The former U.S. Senate candidate and member of Congress from Texas announced his White House bid this week. During his Senate run, O'Rourke rejected money from political action committees (https://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2018/aug/20/beto-orourke/beto-orourke-says-he-doesnt-accept-pac-donations/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) , but nevertheless shattered U.S. Senate campaign fundraising records. 9 things to know (https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/elections/presidential-profiles-2020/beto-orourke-president-campaign/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) about Beto.

MNUCHIN'S ETHICS TROUBLES: At Thursday's Senate Finance hearing on Capitol Hill, Sen. Ron Wyden asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about the issues raised in Carrie Levine's scoop last week: Why hasn't the White House's chief ethics watchdog certified Mnuchin’s annual financial disclosure? (https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/steven-mnuchin-louise-linton-ethics-financial-disclosure/?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) Meanwhile, The New York Times, CNN, and other news outlets credited her with breaking the story.

INVESTIGATIVE MUST-READS

Several Boeing 737 Max 8 pilots in U.S. complained about suspected safety flaw (https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2019/03/12/boeing-737-max-8-pilots-complained-feds-months-suspected-safety-flaw?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2019/03/12/boeing-737-max-8-pilots-complained-feds-months-suspected-safety-flaw?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID](Dallas Morning News)

Ex-VW Chief Knew of Diesel Scheme Years Earlier Than He Admitted, S.E.C. Says (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/business/volkswagen-winterkorn-sec-fraud.html?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) (New York Times)

DOJ Probes Whether Fugitive Financier Supplied Donation to Trump Re-Election Effort (https://www.wsj.com/articles/doj-probes-whether-fugitive-financier-supplied-donation-to-trump-re-election-committee-11552482187?utm_source=Watchdog&utm_campaign=a8db8d8205-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_05_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ffd1d0160d-a8db8d8205-103346085&mc_cid=a8db8d8205&mc_eid=[UNIQID]) (Wall Street Journal)

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