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Feds Release 5-Year Plan To Improve Great Lakes

The Obama administration announced a new 5-year plan for the Great Lakes on Wednesday that will accelerate efforts to address toxic pollution, invasive species and farm runoff and restore plant and wildlife habitat.

09/24/2014

Waukegan Harbor

EPA Declares “World’s Largest PCB Mess” At Waukegan Harbor Clean

After nearly 30 years of legal wrangling and cleanup efforts, one of the most polluted sites on Lake Michigan has been declared safe.

08/05/2014

July 14th, 2011:  Many indulge a sunny Thursday afternoon at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, Illinois.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Which Beaches Have The Best And Worst Water Quality In The Chicago Area?

Two beaches in Rogers Park rank as the best in the Chicago area when it comes to water quality, while two beaches in East Chicago, Indiana, were among the worst in the nation, according to a recent study by the National Resources Defense Council.

07/15/2014

Proposed map of the Illiana Expressway, a tollway which would connect I-65 in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Illiana Planners Don’t Expect To Begin Construction Until 2015

An agreement on the toll charge has not been reached. Indiana plans to partner with a developer to build the highway as a toll road primarily for truck traffic. The highway is estimated to cost about $300 million.

06/20/2014

Artistic rendering of the Northerly Island nature preserve once construction is completed on the project. (Credit: Chicago Park District)

Feds Tout Progress On Northerly Island Transformation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy had high praise for Mayor Rahm Emanuel as she walked along the hills and wetlands areas being created on the manmade peninsula that was once the Meigs Field airport.

06/17/2014

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)

Feds Hit Storage Facility For Petcoke Dust Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused a company that stores huge piles of petroleum coke on the Calumet River of violating federal regulations to limit emissions of harmful black dust, after tracing clouds of the powdery substance to the company.

06/04/2014

Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal (Credit: Sun-Times Media)

Indiana Harbor Dredging To Resume Next Month

An estimated 180,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment is scheduled to be removed from the Indiana Harbor and Canal starting in April.

03/14/2014

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

The Chicago Lock separates the darker water of the Chicago River -- and the untreated sewage it carries -- from the lighter-colored water of Lake Michigan. (Credit: CBS)

Environmentalists Want Definitive End To Sewage Dumps Into Lake

Indefinite discharges of raw sewage into Lake Michigan won’t cut it for a coalition of environmental groups, which Thursday asked a federal judge to set aside a proposed consent decree.

09/06/2013

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The Unclean Truth: How Five Cities Stack Up On Recycling

From the East Coast to the West Coast, recycling is a big issue for local governments.

12/26/2012

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Fire Sends Chemical Cloud Over Mishawaka, Ind.; Forces Evacuations

Residents of Mishawaka, Ind., were evacuated from their homes overnight when an industrial fire sent a chemical cloud over a neighborhood.

WBBM Newsradio–09/15/2012

Lake Michigan sunrise along North Avenue beach. (Credit: Natalie Cheng/CBS Chicago)

U.S., Canada Re-Sign Pact To Protect Great Lakes

The United States is combining forces with our neighbors to the north to keep the Great Lakes safe and pure.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2012

Whiting Refinery

BP Settles With Environmental Groups Over Whiting, Ind., Refinery

Plaintiffs who sued BP over its refinery in Whiting, Ind., say a $400 million settlement will improve the health of people who live near the plant.

CBS Chicago–05/24/2012

The Chicago River (CBS)

EPA Approves Plan To Clean Up Chicago River

Plans are in the works to clean up the Chicago River and its connected waterways, following an order by federal authorities.

CBS Chicago–11/07/2011

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EPA Orders Cleanup Of Oil Spill In South Suburb

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced an order setting deadlines for completion of cleanup and restoration work where an oil pipeline spill was discovered Tuesday near south suburban Lockport.

12/18/2010