| May 24, 2012
| 10:06 AM
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...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 8:31 PM
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...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 7:44 PM
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...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 12:27 PM
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....
| Feb 8, 2013
| 2:42 PM
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...
| Mar 6, 2013
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...
| Jul 20, 2010
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...
| Oct 3, 2008
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.
| Jun 10, 2009
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,...
| Apr 30, 2009
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...
| Jan 25, 2010
Chicago is the only U.S. metro area that would fail to meet a tougher standard for smog-forming nitrogen oxides proposed Monday by the Obama administration.
The more stringent limit is intended to help protect people who suffer from asthma and other...