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  • EPA official ousted while fighting Dow

    EPA official  ousted while fighting Dow
    SAGINAW, Mich.—The battle over dioxin contamination in this economically stressed region had been raging for years when a top Bush administration official turned up the pressure on Dow Chemical to clean it up. On Thursday, following months of...
  • EPA seizes Crestwood files

    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...
  • Crestwood water contamination source remains a mystery

    Tests of groundwater and soil last month near Crestwood's contaminated well failed to detect any troublesome chemicals, according to results the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency posted online Wednesday. The EPA is considering more tests, a top...
  • 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...
  • Madigan: Crestwood lied about tainted well

    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,...
  • Chicago water: In public reports, city silent over sex hormones and painkillers found in treated drinking water

    Annual water quality reports mailed to Chicagoans this month didn't say a word about sex hormones, painkillers or anti-cholesterol drugs, even though city officials found traces of pharmaceuticals and other unregulated substances in treated Lake...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • EPA backs BP dumping

    EPA backs BP dumping
    Rebuffing bipartisan pressure from members of Congress, the Bush administration's top environmental regulator on Tuesday declined to stop the BP refinery in northwest Indiana from dumping more pollution into Lake Michigan. Stephen Johnson,...