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Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

Mayor Orders Health Department To Draft Petcoke Regulations

As the ordered Chicago’s public health department to draft regulations for dusty refinery waste from sites along the Calumet River, a group of protesters was taking their concerns to the head of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

11/19/2013

Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

South Side Families Sue Over Black Dust Piling Up From Oil Refineries

Four homeowners along the Calumet River have filed a lawsuit claiming mounting piles of “petcoke” — a byproduct of the oil refinery process — is consistently blowing black dust in and around their homes.

11/01/2013

Dresden Nuclear Power Plant

Environmental Group Wary Of Allowing Power Plants To Dump Hotter Water

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has allowed state power generators to increase the temperature of cooling water that can be discharged into lakes and rivers, because of this summer’s heat and drought, but an environmental group says that might not be a good idea.

WBBM Newsradio–08/20/2012

Sauk Village

Sauk Village Water Supply No Longer Contaminated

Residents of Sauk Village can stop drinking bottled water, after the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced the chemical vinyl chloride is no longer being detected in the village’s drinking water supply.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2012

When officials declare an Air Quality Action Day due to high ozone levels, those who exercise vigorously outdoors are at increased risk of breathing problems, as are children, the elderly, and those with lung diseases such as asthma. (Credit: CBS)

This Summer Has Been One Of The Worst For Air Quality

This summer may be one of the hottest in recent memory, but it is also one of the worst for air quality.

WBBM Newsradio–08/03/2012

Crews haul in equipment that will be used to perform an "air stripping" of the drinking water in Sauk Village, which has been contaminated with vinyl chloride. (Credit: CBS)

Costly Temporary Fix To Sauk Village Water Woes Begins

CBS 2 has learned the temporary fix to the tainted water system in Sauk Village might cost far more than anybody thought before it’s finished.

CBS 2–07/31/2012

Crestwood Water Tower

Sauk Village Water Woes A Reminder Of Crestwood Water Scandal

Sauk Village’s recent woes over contaminated drinking water have served as a reminder of similar problems another Chicago suburb faced five years ago, when residents discovered their drinking water had been contaminated for years.

CBS 2–07/31/2012

Sauk Village

Sauk Village Ordered To Continue Providing Bottled Water

A court order issued Friday requires south suburban Sauk Village to continue supplying bottled water to residents who request it, according to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

07/29/2012

Sauk Village

State Stepping In To Clean Sauk Village Water, But Residents Still Frustrated

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has stepped in to help Sauk Village officials find a way to clean their town’s contaminated water supply.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

Sauk Village

In Reversal, Sauk Village Now Says Water Is Safe To Drink

Earlier this week, residents had been told that cancer-causing vinyl chloride made the water unsafe. Business owners were told to use alternative sources of water.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

Sauk Village Water

Sauk Village Residents May Have To Stock Up On Bottled Water

There is still no timetable for when the water in Sauk Village will be safe to drink, and some say the only solution may be to start stocking up on bottled water.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

Sauk Village

Sauk Village Stuck With Bottled Water Due To Contamination

Everyone wants to stay hydrated with the temperature expected to approach 100 degrees Tuesday, but in Sauk Village, they’re stuck with bottled water.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2012

Earth Day Events

State Announces Nearly $5 Million In Green Infrastructure Grants

Illinois used Earth Day Weekend to announce nearly $5 million in Green Infrastructure Grants statewide.

CBS Chicago–04/23/2012

Alderman Joe Moore

Ald. Moore To Head Up Illinois EPA?

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says it’s just a rumor at this point, but talk is circulating that Ald. Joe Moore (49th) might be going off to Springfield as the new head of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

CBS Chicago–11/18/2011

Toxic Waste

Markham Businessman In Trouble For Dumping

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is targeting a prominent Markham businessman for illegal dumping.

CBS Chicago–01/10/2011

Mercury

Warning: Some Skin Creams Contain Mercury

You’d be better off with your freckles or spots than with a dangerous cream containing mercury.

WBBM Newsradio–12/28/2010