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Businesses depend on strong clean-water rules

On March 25, 2014, the oil company BP reported a malfunction at its refinery in Whiting, just across the state line from Chicago. For as much as 41/2 hours, crude oil spilled into Lake Michigan, the source of drinking water for seven million people in the greater Chicago area. Luckily, that story had a happy ending — no oil was spotted moving toward a water intake crib for the city, located about eight miles away from the spill's location, and cleanup efforts were concluded about a week and a half later with no believed additional effects on wildlife. Still, more than 1,600 gallons of oil were believed to have leaked out of the BP refinery and into Lake Michigan. What if...