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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...
  • City to test water for pollutant at urging of EPA

    Chicago will begin routine testing for hexavalent chromium after a recent study found worrisome levels of the cancer-causing metal in tap water pumped to 7 million people in the city and suburbs. City officials announced the additional testing Tuesday,...
  • EPA encourages regular testing for heavy metal in water

    EPA encourages regular testing for heavy metal in water
    Federal regulators on Tuesday urged nationwide testing for cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, the latest response to a study that found the heavy metal in tap water from Chicago and more than two dozen other cities. In a memo to public water systems,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Climate-change talk for grownups

     
    This morning, "my Tribune colleague Michael Hawthorne took readers on a tour through the conflicting claims on global warming. We ran a climate change questions and answers package along with it," writes James Janega at TribNation. Hawthorne underscores...