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GreenspaceA type of chromium linked to cancer is turning up in tap water in more than two dozen cities, including Riverside, according to a study that urges federal regulators to adopt tougher standards. Even though scientists at the U.S. Environmental......
Steve ChapmanIt seems like a simple choice: Would we rather have a Chicago River that is clean enough for fish to flourish and people to swim? Or would we prefer to let polluters go on dumping filth into the city's chief......
Change of SubjectThis morning, "my Tribune colleague Michael Hawthorne took readers on a tour through the conflicting claims on global warming. We ran a climate change questions and answers package along with it," writes James Janega at TribNation. Hawthorne underscores...
Thousands of commuters continue to breathe high levels of lung-damaging diesel exhaust at Chicago's Union Station, in part because of nagging maintenance problems at the Old Post Office that straddles the southbound tracks. Testing by Amtrak has...
Metra's own testing of toxic diesel exhaust inside its passenger coaches shows the transit agency's pollution problems are more extensive and worrisome than it has publicly disclosed, according to records obtained by the Tribune. A summary of tests...
Cancer rates are "significantly elevated" in Crestwood, according to a new state report that focuses on a south suburb where residents unwittingly drank contaminated water for more than two decades. Prompted by a Tribune investigation that revealed the...
— California officials vowed Tuesday to move forward on a new fire safety rule that could eliminate the use of toxic flame retardants in household furniture and baby products sold nationwide. At a public hearing on the proposed standard, what was...
If you read the Chicago Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series about the deceptive campaign by the chemical and tobacco industries to introduce toxic flame retardants into our homes -- and ultimately into our bodies -- you won't be surprised that it won...
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Though obscure, fire-safety rules in California have a huge impact on consumers everywhere in the country because they influence how manufacturers make furniture sold in all states. Under a current California rule, known as Technical Bulletin 117, foam...
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Federal officials vowed Wednesday to conduct an emergency cleanup of a lead-contaminated lot near a Pilsen elementary school, more than six years after authorities first identified the hazards. The Tribune reported in November that the lot had not been...
Tribune reporterOwners of a smelting facility linked to dangerous levels of lead in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood will spend $3 million on new equipment to curb emissions of the toxic metal. In a legal settlement announced today by federal and state officials, H....
This week, oil company BP agreed to cut air pollution at its Whiting refinery in a $400 million settlement with the federal government. (The full story is here.) What does this mean for us -- the refinery's neighbors? The Tribune's environmental...
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