For The First Time, Wastewater Being Disinfected Before It Enters Chicago RiverThe Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago on Friday celebrated the opening of the first of two disinfection plants designed to help clean up area rivers.
Feds Release 5-Year Plan To Improve Great LakesThe 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.
EPA Declares "World's Largest PCB Mess" At Waukegan Harbor CleanAfter nearly 30 years of legal wrangling and cleanup efforts, one of the most polluted sites on Lake Michigan has been declared safe.
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.
Illiana Planners Don't Expect To Begin Construction Until 2015An 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.
Feds Tout Progress On Northerly Island TransformationU.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.
Feds Hit Storage Facility For Petcoke Dust EmissionsThe 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.
Indiana Harbor Dredging To Resume Next MonthAn estimated 180,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment is scheduled to be removed from the Indiana Harbor and Canal starting in April.
Mayor Orders Health Department To Draft Petcoke RegulationsAs 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.
Environmentalists Want Definitive End To Sewage Dumps Into LakeIndefinite 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.
The Unclean Truth: How Five Cities Stack Up On RecyclingFrom the East Coast to the West Coast, recycling is a big issue for local governments.
Fire Sends Chemical Cloud Over Mishawaka, Ind.; Forces EvacuationsResidents of Mishawaka, Ind., were evacuated from their homes overnight when an industrial fire sent a chemical cloud over a neighborhood.