| Oct 24, 2014
| 3:39 PM
The operator of a Coconut Creek landfill and a group of nearby residents who say they suffer from its smell have reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit.
The settlement would require Waste Management to do more to contain the smell at the...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Determined to reduce pollutants found in stormwater and elsewhere in the local environment, officials in Winnetka this week moved one step closer to banning the use of coal tar-based driveway and parking lot sealants in the village.
If the proposed coal...
| 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...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 7:11 PM
A train hauling crude oil that derailed Wednesday near downtown Lynchburg, Va., sending a giant fireball and acrid smoke into the sky, raised further concerns about public safety as railroads sharply increase the amount of oil they transport.
| May 20, 2014
Leaded gasoline is such a well-known scourge that automobile fuel made with the brain-damaging additive is still sold in only six countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea and Yemen.
Shifting to unleaded fuel in the U.S. — the...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 12:11 PM
Potentially hazardous smoke from the stubborn fire at the Port of Los Angeles prompted air quality advisories and the evacuation of one elementary school Tuesday.
Firefighters have been struggling to extinguish the blaze, which was contained but had...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 7:57 AM
The Port of Los Angeles fire that sent a thick plume of toxic smoke into the air Tuesday, forcing a nearby elementary school to evacuate, has been fully extinguished, officials said Wednesday.
Crews will now begin the process of demolition and cleanup...
| Aug 10, 2014
| 4:24 PM
Two recent cases of flesh-eating bacteria — one contracted by a man boating on the Chesapeake Bay — don't signal an uptick of the pathogen in local waters, experts say.
But the cases are a reminder of what the aggressive vibrio vulnificus...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 8:18 PM
When federal leaders in Washington needed new ideas for slashing vehicle pollution, they looked west to California, which had already enacted tighter standards.
Now Gov. Jerry Brown said he hopes Mexico takes the same approach to combating climate...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 10:51 AM
When the starter's gun sounded for the 34th annual Beijing International Marathon on Sunday, air pollution measured 20 times worse than what the World Health Organization considers safe to breathe. Anywhere else in the world, this would have been a...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 8:06 PM
— The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a significant victory on an environmental issue, with a 6-2 decision that upholds a regulation requiring Midwestern states with coal-fired power plants to reduce harmful emissions that drift to the...