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  • Tougher smog standards: New EPA proposal would lower limit to 60-70 parts per billion

    Chicago and other urban areas across the U.S. would need to clamp down harder on air pollution under tough smog limits proposed Thursday by the Obama administration, which scrapped a George W. Bush-era rule that ignored the latest scientific advice. More...
  • 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...
  • Cleaners leave a toxic legacy

    For decades, one of the nation's most widely used dry cleaning solvents was billed as a marvel of modern chemistry that could safely remove dirt and stains from clothing. Shops sprang up to take advantage of the chemical, perchloroethylene, also known as...
  • A polluters' paradise?

    Toxic sludge oozed out of rusty barrels, soaked through cardboard boxes and spilled over frothy vats inside a west suburban warehouse raided by state inspectors in January 2008. Even though the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency had plenty of...
  • Crestwood residents in dark on cancer

    Six months after state health officials declared their investigation of cancer rates in south suburban Crestwood was almost complete, they have yet to release the results. The Illinois Department of Public Health, which earlier had failed to notify...
  • EPA targets coal-fired power plants

    In a move that portends cleaner air in Chicago and other communities east of the Mississippi, the Obama administration cracked down Tuesday on smog- and soot-forming pollution from coal-fired power plants in 31 states and the District of Columbia. The...
  • Prairie State coal-fired plant to cap costs

    Prairie State coal-fired plant to cap costs
    Under pressure to hold down skyrocketing costs that promise more expensive electric bills for dozens of Midwest cities, developers agreed Friday to cap the construction budget for a massive coal-fired power plant in downstate Illinois. The Prairie...
  • Tribune watchdog update

    Tribune watchdog update
    (Click on "What we found" to read the original Tribune investigation.) Lake County's DNA doubts What we found: In December 2008, the Tribune detailed how Lake County prosecutors were pressing ahead on three cases, including one against Jerry Hobbs,...
  • State, feds moving to require cleanup of Chicago River for recreation

    State, feds moving to require cleanup of Chicago River for recreation
    In virtually every other city in the nation, it would be illegal to pump out partially treated sewage teeming with the amount of disease-causing bacteria that churns endlessly into the Chicago River. That may soon change for Chicago. But as a state...
  • EPA targets chemical often dumped in Chicago sewers

    Alarmed by research linking chemicals used to make Scotchgard and Teflon to cancer, liver disease and other health problems, the federal government spent the last decade pressuring manufacturers to phase out the stain-resistant compounds. But...