Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

U.S. Steel Chemical Spill Closes Beaches, EPA Measuring Toxic Damage

"A spill at the U.S. Steel plant in Portage this week leaked a toxic chemical into Burns Waterway, a Lake Michigan tributary, forcing the closure of beaches in and around the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and leaving officials scrambling to determine the extent of damage caused to the local environment."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 04/13/2017

"Kids Poisoned By Lead in CHA Housing; Landlords Still Got Paid"

"As private landlords increasingly take over the government's role of housing low-income families, dozens of children have been poisoned by brain-damaging lead while living in homes and apartments declared safe by the Chicago Housing Authority. Taxpayers often still paid the rent."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 04/07/2017

EPA Didn't Tighten Standards For Lead, Leaving Communities Adrift

"DEPUE, Ill. — Mayor Eric Bryant was leading his usual tour the other day, driving visitors past the poisoned lake, around the abandoned bungalows, and over dusty ball fields until he reached a glittering metal mountain known here as the 'Pile of Black Death.'"

Source: STAT, 03/28/2017

"Enbridge Insists Pipelines Safe Despite Worn-Away Covering"

"Operators of twin oil pipelines beneath the swirling waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge insisted Monday they remain structurally sound even though an outer layer of protective covering has worn away in some places, while skeptics said the deterioration is further evidence the lines should be shut down."

Source: AP, 03/14/2017

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