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  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Diet Proposals Often Refuted, Ignored

    Diet Proposals Often Refuted, Ignored
    Every five years the American public gets a newly tweaked directive on what we're supposed to be eating. And every five years the American public largely ignores it. For example, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend we eat 2 1/2 cups of...
  • EPA seizes Crestwood files

    Federal agents raided government offices in south suburban Crestwood on Wednesday, less than two weeks after a Tribune investigation revealed the village had secretly pumped drinking water from a polluted well for more than two decades. Acting on a...
  • BP faces new heat from feds over plant

    BP is facing new questions about its Whiting refinery from federal environmental regulators, who accused the company Thursday of starting a project to process heavy Canadian oil three years before it obtained the necessary permit. The U.S....
  • Madigan: Crestwood lied about tainted well

    When the state ordered Crestwood officials nine years ago to test their community well for toxic chemicals, they said it wasn't necessary because all of the village's drinking water came from Lake Michigan. "This sampling would not apply to our facility,...