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  • Big Tobacco wins fire marshals as allies in flame retardant push

    Big Tobacco wins fire marshals as allies in flame retardant push
    The problem facing cigarette manufacturers decades ago involved tragic deaths and bad publicity, but it had nothing to do with cancer. It had to do with house fires. Smoldering cigarettes were sparking fires and killing people. And tobacco executives...
  • Coal plants dominate list of Chicago's biggest polluters

    Coal plants dominate list of Chicago's biggest polluters
    Fed by a steady stream of coal barges, the aging power plants that loom over Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods are by far the city's largest industrial sources of climate change pollution. No other polluter comes close to the 4.2...
  • Legal settlement to force completion of Deep Tunnel

    Legal settlement to force completion of Deep Tunnel
    Federal and state authorities today unveiled a legal settlement intended to finally complete the Deep Tunnel, the Chicago region’s massive flood- and pollution-control project. Relief from swamped basements and sewage overflows still is years away,...
  • Commuters continue to breathe diesel exhaust at Chicago's Union Station

    Commuters continue to breathe diesel exhaust at Chicago's Union Station
    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...
  • Study points to dangers of children's exposure to coal tar sealants

    Study points to dangers of children's exposure to coal tar sealants
    Children living next to driveways or parking lots coated with coal tar are exposed to significantly higher doses of cancer-causing chemicals than those living near untreated asphalt, according to a study that raises new questions about commonly used...
  • 2 coal-burning plants to power down early

    2 coal-burning plants to power down early
    Built during the early part of the last century to satisfy Chicago's growing demand for electricity, two of the nation's oldest coal-fired power plants will shut down amid concerns about lung-damaging air pollution and competition from cleaner, less-...
  • No tax hike needed to clean up Chicago River, water agency says

    No tax hike needed to clean up Chicago River, water agency says
    Making stretches of the Chicago River and other local waterways safer for recreation won't require a tax increase and will cost dramatically less than officials ominously predicted less than a year ago, according to documents filed Thursday by the...
  • A truly foul, nasty river ran through it

    A truly foul, nasty river  ran through it
    Cleaning up the Chicago River, a waterway engineered to flow backward and lined with dozens of sewage pipes, has always been a tough fight. At the turn of the last century, officials reversed the river and started sending Chicago's waste toward the...
  • Metra will clear the air in its train cars

    Metra will clear the air in its train cars
    Metra appears to have found a way to dramatically clean up the air inside its stainless-steel cars, but spikes of lung- and heart-damaging diesel pollution will remain a lingering problem on the platforms at Chicago's major rail stations. In response...
  • Toxic chromium found in Chicago drinking water

    Toxic chromium found in Chicago drinking water
    Chicago's first round of testing for a toxic metal called hexavalent chromium found that levels in local drinking water are more than 11 times higher than a health standard California adopted last month. But it could take years before anything is done...
  • Odd chemicals turn up in drinking water

    Odd chemicals turn up in drinking water
    Trace amounts of sex hormones, prescription drugs, flame retardants and herbicides are being detected in treated drinking water pumped to more than 7 million people in Chicago and its suburbs. In the latest round of testing prompted by a 2008 Tribune...