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Trump's EPA cuts threaten programs that clean up Chicago, Great Lakes

Trump's EPA cuts threaten programs that clean up Chicago, Great Lakes

State officials in Indiana planned to give BP's Whiting refinery permission to churn more toxic chemicals into the air until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overruled them and forced one of the biggest polluters in the Chicago area to clean up its act.

When the H. Kramer and Co. smelter denied it was responsible for high levels of lead found in the Pilsen neighborhood, EPA scientists built a case by matching heavy metals emitted by the company to contaminants detected in residential yards. After a decadelong legal battle, Kramer is paying to clean up the neighborhood starting next month.

Lake Michigan and the Chicago River are significantly cleaner than they were...

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