Families Furious After Dangerous Amounts Of Lead, Arsenic Found At Hegewisch Little League FieldIt has been a summertime gathering spot in Hegewisch for more than half a century, but beginning Tuesday, the Little League field in the neighborhood became an active Environmental Protection Agency cleanup site.
Great Lakes Get Extra Funds For Cleanups, Invasive SpeciesAdditional funds provided by Congress for Great Lakes environmental improvements will be used to hasten cleanups of highly toxic sites and step up work on other longstanding forms of pollution, federal officials said Thursday.
$26M Cleanup Starting On Contaminated Indiana CanalThe river flows 13 miles (21 kilometers) through Gary, East Chicago and Hammond. Steelmaking, meatpacking and oil refining contaminated the river's sediment with heavy metals and PCBs as well as oil and grease.
Vigil Held For Matt Haller, First Litigant To Pass Away After Filing Lawsuit Against SterigenicsThe man who asked repeatedly for a state investigation into the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook was remembered Saturday at a vigil in Elmhurst.
EPA Aims To Remove Polluted Soil From 167 East Chicago HomesIn 2016, over 1,000 people were forced from the West Calumet Housing Complex after tests found high lead levels in blood samples from some children and some yards with lead levels over 70 times the U.S. safety standard.
EPA Now Lets You Download Reports On Local Water SystemThe Illinois EPA is now letting you download reports on your local water system, so you can look at the number of lead service lines.
Illinois EPA Launches Online Community Water System ReportsThe EPA estimates that Illinois has 3.7 million water lines. Of those, about 415,000 are made of lead. About 319,000 are made of copper and potentially contain lead solder.
U.S. EPA Tests Soil In Mount Greenwood For Hazardous Chemicals"People who get exposed to it, they can get cancer at high enough levels."
Illinois Joins States Committed To Carbon-Emission ReductionGov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Wednesday to make Illinois the 18th member of the U.S. Climate Alliance.
Federal Workers Struggle As Now Longest Ever Government Shutdown ContinuesCongress passed a bill Friday that will give workers affected by the government shutdown back pay when the shutdown ends. President Trump says he'll sign it.
"Do It With A Smile On Your Face And No Money In Your Pocket": Shutdown Leaves Federal Employees Without PayOn day five of the federal government’s partial shutdown, around 420,000 essential federal employees are still working without pay and many are not at all happy about it.
$19M In Volkswagen Deal To Purchase Cleaner Transit EnginesIllinois is receiving $108 million from Volkswagen's multibillion-dollar settlement after allegations that the automaker sold 60,000 vehicles with software designed to cheat air-quality tests.
EPA Turns To Judge For Lead-Testing At 9 NW Indiana HomesExposure to even low levels of lead can permanently damage a child's developing brain, affecting their IQ, ability to pay attention and academic achievement.
Northfield-Based Company Hit With Nearly $5M EPA PenaltyThe EPA said its agreement with Medline Industries resolves allegations the company violated federal law on nearly 1,300 occasions.
EPA Reverses Pruitt-Era Rule On Diesel EmissionsThe Environmental Protection Agency will now enforce an Obama-era rule that limits diesel truck emissions, reversing one of the final decisions made under former agency chief Scott Pruitt.