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  • New doubts cast on safety of common driveway sealant

    New doubts cast on safety of common driveway sealant
    If a company dumped the black goop behind a factory, it would violate all sorts of environmental laws and face an expensive hazardous-waste cleanup. But playgrounds, parking lots and driveways in many communities are coated every spring and summer with...
  • Deal would clear up coal-plant pollution

    In a move that could help clean up Chicago’s chronically dirty air, the Obama administration today brokered a legal deal that cracks down on some of the biggest sources of pollution along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. As part of the...
  • Federal deal on Indiana coal plants aims to clear Chicago's air

    Federal deal on Indiana coal plants aims to clear Chicago's air
    In a move that could help clean up Chicago's chronically dirty air, the Obama administration on Thursday brokered a legal deal that cracks down on some of the biggest sources of pollution along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. As part of the...
  • Metra says it will install better air filters on trains

    Metra today said it is installing more efficient air filters on its train cars and switching to cleaner fuel for its locomotives to help reduce commuter exposure to toxic diesel fumes. Responding to a Tribune investigation, the rail service also...
  • Seeking permission to pollute

    Seeking permission to pollute
    A monitor at George Washington High School on the Southeast Side shows that air in the neighborhood has the distinction of containing the state's highest levels of toxic heavy metals, chromium and cadmium, as well as sulfates, which can trigger asthma...
  • 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...
  • Weekend rain forces stormwater into lake

    Weekend rain forces stormwater into lake
    Recent steady rains forced local officials to dump more than 105 millions gallons of stormwater and raw sewage into Lake Michigan. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District on Sunday opened a sluice gate near the Bahai Temple in Wilmette that separates...
  • Report: Power Plants Killing Tens-of-Millions of Great Lakes Fish

    Report: Power Plants Killing Tens-of-Millions of Great Lakes Fish
    Power plants around the Great Lakes are killing tens of millions of fish every year and nothing's being done to stop it; according to a Chicago Tribune environmental investigation published this week. The report also said the Cook Nuclear Plant near...
  • Metra finds 'alarming' pollution on some trains

    Metra finds 'alarming' pollution on some trains
    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...
  • Durbin: D.C. battles may ax Metra pollution cleanup

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin today warned that budget battles in the nation’s capital could thwart Metra’s efforts to clean up toxic diesel pollution breathed every day by hundreds of thousands of Chicago-area commuters. The 2011 spending bill...
  • 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...