Nikhil Swaminathan

Nikhil Swaminathan is a senior editor at Grist.

Toxic Tour

Protestors harangued EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he visited East Chicago.

In the past year, lead contamination forced nearly 1,000 people from their homes.

wake-up call

A black community in Oakland says pollution is violating its civil rights.

Life expectancy near the Port of Oakland is nine years shorter than in more affluent pockets of the city.

Trading Death

Global trade causes more than 20 percent of air-pollution deaths.

More than 750,000 people die each year due to the manufacturing of goods destined for another part of the world.

settle up

Nearly $100 million is now headed to Flint to swap out old pipes.

Residents won't get the door-to-door water delivery they sought, but the city will get new copper pipes.

The Leaden State

The lead poisoning of Flint’s children pales in comparison to rates found in parts of California.

In one section of Fresno, the rate of childhood lead poisoning is nearly three times higher than in the Michigan city.

Superfund Man

The EPA is still cleaning up brownfields. So that’s something.

The Superfund program appears to be safe from Trump's cuts.

Pipe Cleaner

Remember that money Congress approved to rebuild Flint’s water system? Some of it is finally on the way.

The EPA awarded Flint a $100 million grant to repair decrepit infrastructure that led to high levels of led in the city's drinking water.

Taking My Talents To ...

EPA’s justice work helps many groups, says ex-official. Trump’s cuts will scrap that.

In an interview with Grist, Mustafa Ali says proposed cuts will leave many victims, including vets and young people.

Mea Gulpa

This former official dodged jail time in the Flint water crisis, just has to write an apology letter.

A Michigan judge ordered the former director of epidemiology at the state’s health department to publicly apologize to residents.