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MPR’s Mike Edgerly and Sasha Aslanian present an American RadioWorks documentary, titled “Toxic Traces.” The documentary raises questions about who is responsible for the safety of the public and the environment, and about whether state agencies are doing enough to protect citizens from toxic chemicals.

3M announced in 2000 that it was phasing out its popular Scotchgard product, because the anti-stain spray contained toxic chemicals. 3M produced the chemicals at its plant in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. An investigation by Minnesota Public Radio and American RadioWorks found that even after 3M said it would no longer make the toxic chemicals, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency let two years pass before it began any inquiries.

Awarded:

2005 NBNA Eric Sevareid Award, Documentary/Special - Large Market Radio category

2006 NewsGuild-CWA Heywood Broun Award for Excellence in Journalism

2005 Minnesota AP Award, Series/Special - Radio Division, Class Three category

2006 MNSPJ Page One Award, first place in Radio Investigative - Over 50,000 category

2006 NewsGuild-CWA Heywood Broun Award for Excellence in Journalism Award

2005 IRE Award Certificate, finalist in Radio category

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