CHICAGO (CBS) — Environmental activists in Illinois have released new research on waterway pollution, as they lobby Congress to restore protections the Clean Water Act no longer provides.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports Environment Illinois has issued a report it calls “Wasting Our Waterways.”READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Record Warmth Possible Next 2 Days
Campaign director Lisa Nikodem said the report revealed there’s a lot of work to be done to prevent pollution of waterways that feed into the lake, based on figures from 2012, the most recent available data.
“Our report found that, in the Great Lakes region, polluters dumped 8,390,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into our waterways,” Nikodem said. “With facilities dumping so much pollution, we should not be surprised that Lake Michigan can be unsafe for swimming and fishing, but we should be outraged.”READ MORE: Illinois Department Of Employment Security Admits To Monthlong Callback Wait Times; State Rep. Says Methods Must Change