| Jul 8, 2014
| 7:21 PM
Air quality regulators have reached an agreement with Exide Technologies that would bar its battery recycling plant in Vernon from resuming operations until it installs new controls on†arsenic emissions that pose a health risk to surrounding communities....
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:31 PM
Air quality officials are giving a battery recycling plant in Vernon another chance to prove it can operate without putting nearby residents at risk.
Despite demands from community groups calling for permanent closure of the Exide Technologies plant,...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 9:35 AM
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:39 PM
From the sidewalk in front of her apartment in Cicero, Yolanda Foster can see long freight trains and an endless line of trucks rumbling day and night through the sprawling rail yard across the street.
What she can't see are the clouds of microscopic...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Writing letters since: 2004
Life story in 100 words or less: Grew up in Chicago with parents, brother and two sisters. Graduated from Chicago Willibrord÷ Catholic High School; attended Southeast Junior College in Chicago then the University of...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 10:23 AM
If the predicted high for Tuesday reaches its mark, it would be just the third 90-degree day this year in Chicago.
Meteorologists say this summer has been relatively cool. From 1981 to 2010, Chicago summers have had an average of 14 90-degree days, said...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 3:54 PM
Los Angeles passed a law last year requiring bicycle racks within 50 feet of the front door of many new buildings. But a problem surfaced immediately: The federal Americans With Disabilities Act requires handicapped parking spaces with an easy path to the...
| Aug 1, 2014
Conversations about ocean pollution, endangered species and climate change often leave people feeling powerless. But a group of scientists is attempting to change that through their traveling film festival Beneath the Waves, which will appear Saturday...
| Jul 30, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing to squeeze oil and gas from rock buried deep underground is either a financial windfall for landowners and communities or an environmental Pandora's box — depending on whom you ask.
Until now, eastern Virginia hasn't been...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 3:01 PM
The Government Accountability Office is calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to step up enforcement of water contamination and seismic activity associated with fracking, the high-pressure injection of fluids into wells to extract oil and...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Delaying action on cutting greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change could damage the U.S. economy, according to a report to be issued Tuesday by the White House's Council of Economic Advisers.
The council estimated that the eventual cost of...