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  • Senate committee approves tougher chemical reporting bill

    Senate committee approves tougher chemical reporting bill
    WASHINGTON — Chemical companies would need to provide more health and safety information about their products and regulators would have more authority to force harmful substances off the market under legislation approved along party lines...
  • Makers of flame retardants sever ties with industry-funded front group

    Makers of flame retardants sever ties with industry-funded front group
    The world's major manufacturers of flame retardants officially cut ties today with an industry-funded front group that waged a deceptive campaign to fuel demand for the chemicals in household furniture, electronics, baby products and other goods....
  • Higher levels of flame retardants found in minority children

    Black and Latino toddlers may have significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants in their bodies than white children, according to a new study that challenges one of industry's chief arguments for expanding use of the chemicals. The peer-reviewed...
  • BP's Whiting refinery agrees to cut air pollution

    BP's Whiting refinery agrees to cut air pollution
    In a move that promises cleaner air throughout the Chicago area, BP on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $400 million to settle legal complaints about chronic pollution problems at the oil company's sprawling refinery in northwest Indiana. Steps that...
  • BP air pollution settlement in Whiting, and what it means in pollution controls for neighbors

    BP air pollution settlement in Whiting, and what it means in pollution controls for neighbors
    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...
  • Changes in chemical safety law getting bipartisan support

    Changes in chemical safety law getting bipartisan support
    The first signs of bipartisan support for overhauling the nation's chemical safety law emerged Monday, as three Republicans joined 23 other senators calling for tough restrictions on toxic flame retardants. Citing the Tribune's Tribune's "Playing With...
  • Voters await election night results: 'Last 4 years unlike I've ever seen'

    Voters await election night results: 'Last 4 years unlike I've ever seen'
    Students watched as the counts mounted onscreen at the UIC student center, periodically falling silent when a total was announced. "Come on, Ohio," breathed Monique Bolden, 18; of the West Side. "Come on, president." The table of students, who live in...
  • Pilsen polluter H. Kramer agrees to cut lead emissions

    Pilsen polluter H. Kramer agrees to cut lead emissions
    Owners 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....
  • California flame retardant development, and its context

    California flame retardant development, and its context
    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...
  • National awards for Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series

    National awards for Tribune's "Playing With Fire" series
    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...
  • Feds ordered Chicago to clean up its river: How we found out

    Feds ordered Chicago to clean up its river: How we found out
    The Tribune’s scoop about the Obama administration’s order to clean up the Chicago River came after years of reporting about the urban waterway. Taking multiple trips on the river, reading scores of dry-but-important documents and conducting...