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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...