| Jan 22, 2012
Fed by a steady stream of coal barges, the aging power plants that loom over Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods are by far the city's largest industrial sources of climate change pollution.
No other polluter comes close to the 4.2...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 8:31 PM
The first signs of bipartisan support for overhauling the nation's chemical safety law emerged Monday, as three Republicans joined 23 other senators calling for tough restrictions on toxic flame retardants.
Citing the Tribune's Tribune's "Playing With...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 8:56 PM
WASHINGTON — Chemical companies would need to provide more health and safety information about their products and regulators would have more authority to force harmful substances off the market under legislation approved along party lines...
| Nov 23, 2012
Federal and state officials have known for more than six years about hazardous levels of brain-damaging lead in a vacant lot near Walsh Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
Yet even after field investigators raised alarms about children...
| May 6, 2012
Most parents are forced to guess if toys, furniture and other household products are exposing their kids to toxic chemicals.
Heather Stapleton can figure it out in her laboratory.
Stapleton, an environmental chemist at Duke University, is one of the...
| May 4, 2012
| 11:17 PM
The Chicago Tribune won 13 awards from the Chicago Headline Club Friday night, including top awards in investigative reporting, breaking news, and local news coverage.
The annual Peter Lisagor Awards ceremony hosted by the country's largest Society of...
| May 11, 2012
Over the last week, we read "Playing With Fire," the chilling Tribune investigation by reporters Patricia Callahan, Sam Roe and Michael Hawthorne, with a growing sense of anger.
Anger at how a confluence of industry manipulation and government neglect...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 7:44 PM
Students watched as the counts mounted onscreen at the UIC student center, periodically falling silent when a total was announced.
"Come on, Ohio," breathed Monique Bolden, 18; of the West Side. "Come on, president."
The table of students, who live in...
| May 23, 2012
Black and Latino toddlers may have significantly higher levels of toxic flame retardants in their bodies than white children, according to a new study that challenges one of industry's chief arguments for expanding use of the chemicals.
| May 24, 2012
| 10:06 AM
This week, oil company BP agreed to cut air pollution at its Whiting refinery in a $400 million settlement with the federal government.
(The full story is here.)
What does this mean for us -- the refinery's neighbors? The Tribune's environmental...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 4:38 PM
The world's major manufacturers of flame retardants officially cut ties today with an industry-funded front group that waged a deceptive campaign to fuel demand for the chemicals in household furniture, electronics, baby products and other goods....