The city of Chicago could be near the end of a five-year legal battle for control of a former industrial site with potential to help form a 24-acre park. If an eminent-domain settlement holds up, the land could be an asset for a Mexican-American area of the Southwest Side.
Federal regulators have struck a deal with environmental groups to clamp down on invasive species in waterways like the Great Lakes. The legal settlement paves the way to treat invaders carried in ships’ ballast water more like other pollution.
Some environmentalist groups say slashing funding for the EPA wouldn't be good for the Great Lakes. President Obama's proposed 2012 budget would cut 125 million dollars slated for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Cameron Davis is a senior advisor to the EPA on Great Lakes issues.