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  • State looks to plug hole in pollution law

    Ann Muniz would like to forget the days of drinking bottled water and taking short showers with the windows open. Health officials suggested taking those unusual steps eight years ago when they told Muniz and nearly 750 other homeowners in an...
  • BP to reconsider permit on refinery

    Responding to a groundswell of protests from politicians and the public, BP and Indiana regulators agreed Wednesday to reconsider a permit that allows the Midwest's largest oil refinery to significantly increase the amount of toxic waste dumped into...
  • Illinois open records law often a closed door

    Illinois open records law often a closed door
    Cindy Sauer had a 7-year-old daughter with brain cancer, a Minooka home near two nuclear power plants and a hope that she might find clues linking the two buried in records of government regulators. In 2002, without the benefit of lawyers to tailor her...
  • U.S. reviewing partial ban of cleaning chemical

    The Obama administration is mulling whether to force dry cleaners to phase out the cancer-causing chemical that soaked into the soil behind a Crestwood business and is still used in tens of thousands of shops nationwide. Health experts have known for...
  • EPA will ask BP to offset pollution

    EPA will ask BP to offset pollution
    Insisting that they cannot stop BP from dumping more toxic waste into Lake Michigan, federal officials will instead try to persuade the oil company on Wednesday to finance other projects that would help clean up the lake. At the behest of Mary Gade,...
  • Legislators blast waiver for BP plant near lake

    Several Great Lakes lawmakers this week urged federal regulators to block a BP refinery near the Illinois-Indiana border from dumping significantly more ammonia and industrial sludge into Lake Michigan. Reacting to a story in Sunday's Tribune, members of...
  • Crackdown to target tap water

    Illinois officials are taking steps to ensure people aren't drinking contaminated water, including proposing criminal penalties for misleading the public about the source of water flowing from their taps. In response to a Tribune investigation that...
  • Jeered mayor defends Crestwood water

    Crestwood's mayor on Saturday tried to assure his south suburban town its drinking water is safe as an outraged and skeptical standing-room-only crowd shouted him down and demanded to know why local officials secretly used a polluted well for more than...
  • BP says it won't increase pollution

    BP says it won't increase pollution
    BP backed down Thursday from its plans to dump more pollution into Lake Michigan, but critics want the oil giant to ensure its promises are legally binding. Responding to a month of unrelenting criticism from politicians and the public, BP pledged it...
  • Inspectors begin tests near contaminated well

    Inspectors began testing soil and groundwater Monday near Crestwood's contaminated well, taking the first step in an attempt to determine how much of the toxic chemicals people consumed for more than two decades. Seeking to trace the path of dry-cleaning...
  • 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...