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  • Diet Proposals Often Refuted, Ignored

    Diet Proposals Often Refuted, Ignored
    Every five years the American public gets a newly tweaked directive on what we're supposed to be eating. And every five years the American public largely ignores it. For example, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend we eat 2 1/2 cups of...
  • 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...
  • 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......
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Metra will clear the air in its train cars

    Metra will clear the air in its train cars
    Metra appears to have found a way to dramatically clean up the air inside its stainless-steel cars, but spikes of lung- and heart-damaging diesel pollution will remain a lingering problem on the platforms at Chicago's major rail stations. In response...
  • Toxic chromium found in Chicago drinking water

    Toxic chromium found in Chicago drinking water
    Chicago's first round of testing for a toxic metal called hexavalent chromium found that levels in local drinking water are more than 11 times higher than a health standard California adopted last month. But it could take years before anything is done...
  • Odd chemicals turn up in drinking water

    Odd chemicals turn up in drinking water
    Trace amounts of sex hormones, prescription drugs, flame retardants and herbicides are being detected in treated drinking water pumped to more than 7 million people in Chicago and its suburbs. In the latest round of testing prompted by a 2008 Tribune...
  • Scientists try to defuse nuclear fallout fears

    Scientists try to defuse nuclear fallout fears
    Fallout from Japan's crippled nuclear reactors already is being detected thousands of miles away. But scientists who track pollution blowing across the Pacific Ocean say the amount of radioactivity should pose no danger to the United States. Like other...
  • EPA cracks down on Pilsen smelter

    Federal and state officials are cracking down on a smelter in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood after tracing high levels of toxic lead in the air outside an elementary school less than two blocks away. In a legal complaint filed today, the U.S....
  • Tribune picks up 12 Lisagor Awards

    The Chicago Tribune won 12 Peter Lisagor Awards Friday night in a competition sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club. The Tribune's investigative series "Deadly Neglect," written by reporters Sam Roe and Jared S. Hopkins, took home the Watchdog Award...