WBEZ | toxic chemicals http://www.wbez.org/tags/toxic-chemicals Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Condos evacuated after police find toxic chemical http://www.wbez.org/news/condos-evacuated-after-police-find-toxic-chemical-105148 <p><p>WOODRIDGE, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; Police called to make a well-being check in suburban Chicago discovered a small amount of what they believe to be of the toxic chemical potassium cyanide inside the man&#39;s apartment.</p><p>Authorities evacuated nearby residents for about three hours Thursday while the chemical was removed.</p><p>The Woodridge Police Department says no one was hurt, but the resident who possessed the chemical was taken to a hospital for medical evaluation.</p><p>Police said Friday the man illegally obtained the chemical from his employer. It was in a crystalized form and will be tested to confirm it is potassium cyanide.</p><p>Potassium cyanide can release a highly toxic gas that interferes with breathing and can be deadly. It&#39;s used in fumigation, extracting gold and silver from rocks and in electroplating.</p><p>Police are investigating the incident.</p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/condos-evacuated-after-police-find-toxic-chemical-105148 Toxic releases by Illinois industries rise in 2010 http://www.wbez.org/story/toxic-releases-illinois-industries-rise-2010-95339 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-06/pollution_flickr_aracelli arroyo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://iaspub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_broker_statefs.broker?p_view=STCO&amp;trilib=TRIQ1&amp;state=IL&amp;SFS=YES&amp;year=2010">Toxic emissions from Illinois industry </a>increased more than 10 percent in 2010 over the year before, but pollution has still been trending downward over the last decade.</p><p>Illinois companies emitted more than 100 million pounds of poisonous gasses, heavy metals and other chemicals. That’s a jump over the prior year, but still much less than any of the seven years before.&nbsp;</p><p>And many of those toxins were disposed of properly – the amount that actually escaped into the air remained near a nine-year low.</p><p>Still, Environment Illinois’s Bruce Ratain says the state should be doing better.</p><p>“It’s easy to say, oh we’ve done so much in Illinois to promote clean energy, to clean up dirty coal plants,” said Ratain, a clean energy associate with Environment Illinois. “It’s less a question of, is it marginally higher than it was last year, and more, wait a minute, it’s pretty surprising that it’s still as high as it is.”</p><p>The United States Environmental Protection Agency released the new data yesterday as part of its Toxic Release Inventory. A spokesman for the Illinois EPA cautions that the numbers have some limitations, as the totals are based on self-reporting. They might also be affected by the recession.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/toxic-releases-illinois-industries-rise-2010-95339