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  • Chromium-tainted drinking water: Time for a federal crackdown?

     
    A type of chromium linked to cancer is turning up in tap water in more than two dozen cities, including Riverside, according to a study that urges federal regulators to adopt tougher standards. Even though scientists at the U.S. Environmental...
  • Cleaning up the Chicago River

     
    It seems like a simple choice: Would we rather have a Chicago River that is clean enough for fish to flourish and people to swim? Or would we prefer to let polluters go on dumping filth into the city's chief...

    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...

    BP's Whiting refinery agrees to cut air pollution

    BP's Whiting refinery agrees to cut air pollution
    In a move that promises cleaner air throughout the Chicago area, BP on Wednesday agreed to spend more than $400 million to settle legal complaints about chronic pollution problems at the oil company's sprawling refinery in northwest Indiana. Steps that...

    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,...