| Nov 18, 2011
After deciding it isn't worth cleaning up one of the nation's dirtiest power plants, the owners of an aging coal-burner along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan are shutting it down sooner than expected.
In its latest financial documents, Virginia-...
| Oct 1, 2011
— Built in the 1950s for the brawny task of ferrying railroad cars, the last coal-burning steamship on the Great Lakes is billed today as a nostalgic vacation shortcut between Wisconsin and Michigan.
But every day it sails between this old...
| May 12, 2011
| 1:28 PM
The Tribune’s scoop about the Obama administration’s order to clean up the Chicago River came after years of reporting about the urban waterway. Taking multiple trips on the river, reading scores of dry-but-important documents and conducting...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 1:40 PM
Federal and state authorities today unveiled a legal settlement intended to finally complete the Deep Tunnel, the Chicago region’s massive flood- and pollution-control project.
Relief from swamped basements and sewage overflows still is years away,...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 5:09 PM
Recent steady rains forced local officials to dump more than 105 millions gallons of stormwater and raw sewage into Lake Michigan.
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District on Sunday opened a sluice gate near the Bahai Temple in Wilmette that separates...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 7:22 PM
Power plants around the Great Lakes are killing tens of millions of fish every year and nothing's being done to stop it; according to a Chicago Tribune environmental investigation published this week.
The report also said the Cook Nuclear Plant near...
| Jul 20, 2011
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.
| Aug 6, 2011
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...
| Aug 6, 2011
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...
| Apr 30, 2009
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...
| Jan 27, 2009
A swig of soda or a bite of a candy bar might be sweet, but a new study suggests that food made with corn syrup also could be delivering tiny doses of toxic mercury.
For the first time, researchers say they have detected traces of the silvery metal in...
| Apr 17, 2008
Chicago officials have never tested the city and suburban water supply for pharmaceuticals and other unregulated chemicals, even as concern grows about the possible health effects of trace amounts of drugs in drinking water.
So the Tribune and RedEye did...