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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.


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.


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.


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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.


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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

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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.