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Michael Hawthorne

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • Chicago Tribune wins 13 Headline Club awards

    Chicago Tribune wins 13 Headline Club awards
    The Chicago Tribune won 13 awards from the Chicago Headline Club Friday night, including top awards in investigative reporting, breaking news, and local news coverage. The annual Peter Lisagor Awards ceremony hosted by the country's largest Society of...
  • 'The fire just laughs at it'

    'The fire just laughs at it'
    Over the last week, we read "Playing With Fire," the chilling Tribune investigation by reporters Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne, with a growing sense of anger. Anger at how a confluence of industry manipulation and government neglect...
  • 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...