WBEZ | air pollution http://www.wbez.org/tags/air-pollution Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New flag program to promote air quality in the Chicago area http://www.wbez.org/news/new-flag-program-promote-air-quality-chicago-area-106911 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F90211484&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS7223_IMG_1509-scr.jpg" style="height: 240px; width: 375px; float: left;" title="Kids from the Chicago Academy for Global Citizenship hold the color-coded flags to indicate air quality (IEPA)." />An airplane pulled out of Midway and over the Chicago Academy for Global Citizenship while a group of kids raised a yellow flag Tuesday to signify that the air is moderately clean, but not perfect. The flag-raising signaled the launch of a program created by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and Illinois Partners for Clean Air to involve school kids in pollution monitoring.</p><p>The IEPA already monitors and color-codes a <a href="http://www.epa.state.il.us/air/aqi/">daily air quality index</a> for the greater Chicago area, but IEPA director Lisa Bonnett says she wants to involve the public more closely in air quality monitoring.</p><p>&ldquo;All of us can do our part,&rdquo; Bonnett said, &ldquo;and that&rsquo;s how you really get those improvements to air quality.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p>Although air pollution in the Chicago area has decreased in recent decades, Cook County this year got <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/cook-countys-air-quality-gets-f-american-lung-association-106828">a failing grade for air quality from the American Lung Association</a>. Meanwhile, says Bonnett, standards for air pollutants have been lowered as regulators discover or confirm new health risks from poor air quality.</p><p>Weather is the primary cause of daily fluctuations in air quality; hot, stagnant summer days mean Chicago&rsquo;s smog sticks around in the area, and the direction of the wind or a storm can also lead to higher-air pollution days.</p><p>&ldquo;The weather&rsquo;s been a challenge over the last few years,&rdquo; said Bonnett, referring to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/what%E2%80%99s-causing-record-low-levels-lake-michigan-105262">drought</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/flooding-drought-year-106171">flooding </a>and heat waves that have all stricken the region lately.</p><p>IEPA says Chicagoans can contribute to cleaner air over the long term by taking public transportation and switching to energy-efficient lighting and appliance options. And the USEPA is taking public comments on a <a href="http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm">new proposed regulation</a> for vehicle emissions that would hold the whole country to a much tighter standard beginning in 2017.</p><p>For now, any school in the greater Chicago area can request air quality flags.</p><p><em>Lewis Wallace is a Pritzker Journalism Fellow at WBEZ. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/lewispants">@lewispants</a></em>.</p><p><strong>Map of commercial and industrial air pollution sources</strong></p><p><a name="map"></a>A USEPA map provides data from 2008 on yearly emissions of six key pollutants from major contributors like landfills, airports and manufacturing plants. Find out more about air pollution in your area on <a href="http://www.epa.gov/air/emissions/where.htm">USEPA&#39;s website</a>.</p><div id="map-canvas">&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/new-flag-program-promote-air-quality-chicago-area-106911 Cook County's air quality gets an 'F' from the American Lung Association http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/cook-countys-air-quality-gets-f-american-lung-association-106828 <p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/yooperann/5098058893/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chicago%20air.jpg" style="height: 458px; width: 610px;" title="(Courtesy Ann Fisher via Flickr)" /></a><br />Spring weather can be a breath of fresh air for many Chicagoans, but a foul forecast for air quality in Cook County is a reminder that high pollution and asthma rates persist in many of the nation&rsquo;s large urban areas.</p><p>The American Lung Association released its annual &ldquo;State of the Air&rdquo; report Wednesday, and while our air is cleaner than it was a decade ago, Cook County <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/states/illinois/cook-17031.html">received Fs across the board</a>.</p><p>Compiling data from states, tribes and federal agencies, the ALA report ranked the nation&rsquo;s cities and counties according to their levels of ozone, year-round particle pollution and short-term particle pollution.</p><p>Chicago ranked 16&nbsp;in the nation for short-term particle pollution. Central and Southern Californian metros dominated the <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/city-rankings/most-polluted-cities.html">report&rsquo;s &ldquo;Most Polluted Cities&rdquo; rankings across all three categories</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/states/illinois/lake-17097.html">Lake County also failed</a>, but the ALA gave Bs to Kane, DuPage, McHenry and Will counties.</p><p>Four in 10 Americans (131.8 million people) live in counties that had unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution between 2009 and 2011.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/qa-kim-wasserman-little-villages-coal-crusader-106742">As the city shuts down coal plants</a> and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/does-electricity-aggregation-do-enough-renewable-energy-106760">cuts coal from its power supply</a>, future reports could give Cook County a sunnier outlook. But the region&rsquo;s high poverty rate means a minority of its residents shoulder a greater share of the burden.</p><p>&ldquo;No one should be surprised by the grade Cook Country was given, but we ought to be alarmed,&rdquo; said Matthew Siemer, program and development manager for <a href="http://mobilecarechicago.org/">the Mobile C.A.R.E. foundation</a>.</p><p>His&nbsp;group runs&nbsp;a mobile asthma clinic that treats poor and uninsured patients with respiratory problems.</p><p>&ldquo;Respiratory illnesses like asthma and COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease], which have been linked to poor air quality, affect 25 percent of low-income residents. These diseases are costly, debilitating, and can even fatal when they aren&rsquo;t regularly treated.&rdquo;</p><p>It&rsquo;s not the first time the area has flunked an ALA examination. In January the organization said <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/politics/study-gives-illinois-fs-tobacco-prevention-and-support-quitting-smoking-104978">Illinois needed to invest more to reduce tobacco consumption</a>. They gave the state Fs for tobacco prevention and support for smokers trying to quit. Cook County <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/04/26/cook_county_air_quality_gets_an_f.php">received an F in last year&#39;s &quot;State of the Air&quot; report, too</a>.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cook-air-quality.jpg" title="The number of high-ozone days in Chicago has fallen over the years, but still exceeds safety standards. (Courtesy American Lung Association)" /></div></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/cook-countys-air-quality-gets-f-american-lung-association-106828 Common air pollutant linked to mental decline http://www.wbez.org/story/common-air-pollutant-linked-mental-decline-96364 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/smokestacks.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-14/smokestack_flickr_nathanmac87.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="According to new research, particulate pollution is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older women. (Flickr/nathanmac87)"></p><p>A common type of air pollution might speed up the mental decline that comes with aging, according to <a href="http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/172/3/219">new research</a> led by a Chicago scientist.</p><p>Particulate pollution, made of tiny particles and droplets from smokestacks and tailpipes, has been known to contribute to lung disease and other health problems. Now a study has linked higher exposure to it with cognitive deterioration.</p><p><a href="http://www.rushu.rush.edu/servlet/Satellite?ProfileType=Short&amp;c=RushUnivFaculty&amp;cid=1231770859925&amp;pagename=Rush%2FRushUnivFaculty%2FFaculty_Staff_Profile_Detail_Page">Jennifer Weuve</a>, an epidemiologist and assistant professor at Rush University’s Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, said each additional increment of exposure, defined as 10 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter of air, seems to age a person’s brain an extra two years. But she pointed out that, unlike other risk factors, air pollution is something public policy can tackle directly.</p><p>“These people, whose exposures that we reduce will experience a slower rate of cognitive decline, which means fewer people will reach the threshold of dementia during their lives,” Weuve said.</p><p>It’s not clear just how particulate pollution might speed up cognitive decline. It may have to do with increased rates of cardiovascular disease. But there also may be a direct mechanism: Some tiny particles can pass from the bloodstream into the brain.</p><p>Wueve’s study is large, based on a sample of 19,409 nurses. But some uncertainties remain. It’s difficult to tease out the effects of particulate pollution from other air pollutants that might come along with it. The pollution measures came from air quality monitoring in the area where each participant lived. The results are published in Archives of Internal Medicine.</p><p><em>This article has been chnaged to clarify the exposure increment linked to two years of aging.&nbsp; </em></p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/common-air-pollutant-linked-mental-decline-96364 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 Metra receives millions from federal government to combat toxic emissions http://www.wbez.org/story/metra-receives-millions-federal-government-combat-toxic-emissions-93106 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-12/3358400418_c75d2e513b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The federal government is giving Metra more than $5 million to help reduce toxic emissions. This comes a year after a Chicago Tribune report that found high levels of diesel exhaust at Ogilvie train station and in some commuter rail cars.</p><p>In a statement, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said reducing train emissions will save Metra fuel and help limit commuter exposure to harmful air pollution.</p><p>The money was approved by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for planning. It will be used to replace engines on two trains and incorporate technology that will help engines shut down and start up faster on another 24 trains.</p></p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 22:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/metra-receives-millions-federal-government-combat-toxic-emissions-93106 New air pollution report calls Illinois one of the 'Toxic 20' http://www.wbez.org/story/new-air-pollution-report-calls-illinois-one-toxic-20-89426 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/NRDCchart.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new report jointly released from the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/media/2011/110720.asp">National Resources Defense Council</a> and Physicians for Social Responsibility puts Illinois in the so-called "Toxic 20" for state air pollution levels. The report named Illinois's 17th worst in the nation for toxic air pollution released from electricity-generating power plants.</p><p>"Illinois is a big industrial state with a...diversified economy...," said Dan Lashof, Climate Center director with the NRDC. "These emissions are substantial, and should be controlled. Illinois has taken some steps to reduce emissions, otherwise it might rank even higher, but...there continue to be a number of power plants and other sources that don't have any pollution controls in place for these toxic chemicals, and that needs to change."</p><p>Dr. Lynn Ringenberg of Physicians for Social Responsibility cited a report released last year by the National Association of Nurses that put the responsibility of increased asthma rates in children on the shoulders of power plant companies. "The pediatric asthma prevalence for the state is (200,000) to 300,000 kids, with close to 20,000 that had ER visits last year, so that's pretty significant," she said. "You're in the top six, seven, in the country with asthma prevalence."</p><p>According to the report, entitled “<a href="http://docs.nrdc.org/air/files/air_11072001a.pdf">Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States</a>”, power plants released 5.6 million pounds of chemicals in Illinois in 2009. They emitted 23 percent of state pollution and one percent of all toxic pollution of all power plants nationwide. Almost half of all the air pollution reported from industrial sources in the U.S. comes from coal and oil power plants. The report ultilized Environment Protection Agency data for its findings.</p></p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/new-air-pollution-report-calls-illinois-one-toxic-20-89426 Postcard: Scientists climb into bald eagle nests to measure health of the Great Lakes http://www.wbez.org/content/postcard-scientists-climb-bald-eagle-nests-measure-health-great-lakes <p><p><em>Biologists with the National Park Service are in their sixth year of visiting eagle nests on Lake Superior for blood and feather samples that help them monitor the level of toxic pollutants in the lake</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/25677824?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="513" frameborder="0" height="341" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/25677824">Feisty is good</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/wbez">WBEZ</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>Jim Spickler is wearing an orange hardhat and hanging on a climbing rope 100 feet up in a white pine tree on Basswood Island in Lake Superior.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> div .inline { width: 290px; float: left; margin-right: 19px; margin-left: 3px; clear: left; } div .inlineContent { border-top: 1px dotted #aa211d; border-top-width: 1px; border-top-style: dotted; border-top-color: #aa211d; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 2px; } ul { margin-left: 15px; } li { font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-repeat-x: no-repeat; background-repeat-y: no-repeat; background-position: 0 5px; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }</style> </p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/FNC-inset-promo.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 50px;" title=""></a><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-06-23/runaway-algae-returns-lake-erie-88249">Runaway Algae</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-23/front-and-center-how-chicagos-excrement-killing-fish-gulf-mexico-88234">How Chicago's excrement is killing fish in the Gulf of Mexico </a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-06-21/how-likely-fear-west-could-steal-great-lakes-water-88162">Could the West steal Great Lakes Water? </a></strong></li></ul><p><strong>SLIDESHOW</strong></p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-06-14/postcard-detroits-floating-post-office-88094"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-28/img_1542.jpg" style="width: 120px; height: 90px; float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title=""></a><p 12="" font-size:=""><br> <strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter/2011-06-14/postcard-detroits-floating-post-office-88094">&nbsp;J.W. Westcott,</a></strong><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/postcard-detroits-floating-post-office-87236"><br> Detroit's floating<br> post office</a></strong><br> &nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/postcard-detroits-floating-post-office-87236"> </a></strong></p></div></div><p>“Good morning, Mr. Eagle,” he says to a fuzzy brown bird sitting on the six-foot-wide jumble of sticks that serves as the eaglet’s nest. Spickler is a wildlife biologist and an expert climber from northern California where he works in giant redwood trees. It’s his job to gently stuff the eaglet into a sack and bring it to the ground for a quick checkup. The eaglet is only seven weeks old, but it’s already the size of a small goose, and it has formidable talons attached to its bright yellow feet.Waiting for Spickler on the ground is Bill Route, an ecologist with the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program, which keeps tabs on the wellbeing of plants and animals on Park Service land.&nbsp; Route heads up this survey of eagle nests.“Eagles are a success story,” Route says. “Their numbers are increasing.”</p><p>Route says there were no eagles at all nesting on the Great Lakes in the late 1960s, thanks in part to the insecticide DDT, which left the eagle’s eggs perilously thin and nearly wiped the birds out. But DDT was banned in 1972, and eagles started to bounce back. They were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007.</p><p>“We still find traces of DDT in eagles,” Route says. “It’s very persistent. And that’s what we’re worried about: persistent, toxic chemicals that accumulate up the food chain.”</p><p>Like some flame-retardant and stain resistant chemicals. The scientists will screen the eaglet’s blood for those, too.</p><p>“Eagles are a sentinel species,” Route says.&nbsp; “They get this magnification. Since bald eagles sit on top of the food chain, they get a lot of the contaminant because they eat other organisms that are also contaminated.”</p><p>As Route is talking, Jim Spickler descends the climbing rope with the eaglet. They draw a blood sample from the bird and make some measurements. The eaglet hisses at them and makes some klutzy attempts at biting their hands. In minutes, Spickler is on his way back up the rope to put the eaglet back on its nest.</p><p>Two adult eagles circle above the trees letting out a steady stream of cries. The sound is surprisingly thin and high-pitched for a bird with a seven-foot wingspan. The biologists say adult eagles can be noisy, but they rarely attack humans. The adults will be back on the nest soon after the humans leave.</p><p>A few minutes later, the eaglet is in its nest and Jim Spickler is on the ground.</p><p>“It’s a little bit of a feisty chick,” he says as he starts packing his climbing gear. “But that means that it’s well fed and it’s likely to survive. So, mission accomplished.”</p><ul></ul></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/postcard-scientists-climb-bald-eagle-nests-measure-health-great-lakes EPA: Lead levels too high in Pilsen air http://www.wbez.org/story/epa-lead-levels-too-high-pilsen-air-87913 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-15/Kramer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said the air in a swath of Chicago’s Southwest Side does not meet federal standards for lead. The finding is preliminary, but could lead to a crackdown on a copper smelter.</p><p>The finding supports an Illinois determination that the air in an area of the city’s Pilsen neighborhood exceeds 2008 federal limits for lead. The area’s borders are Damen Avenue, Roosevelt Road and the Dan Ryan and Stevenson expressways.</p><p>Cheryl Newton, who directs the air division of an EPA region that includes Illinois, says the process could lead to a state plan “to make sure those elevated levels come down.”</p><p>A cleanup could be a problem for a Pilsen smelter owned by H. Kramer and Co. In April a U.S. EPA legal complaint accused Kramer of violating lead-emissions rules. Illinois regulators, meanwhile, asked the state attorney general to take action.</p><p>A Kramer spokeswoman said the company had no comment on the U.S. EPA’s preliminary finding.</p><p>Pilsen and an area near St. Louis are the only Illinois locations whose air, according to the state, does not meet the standards for lead. Early childhood exposure to lead, a heavy metal, can trigger learning disabilities.</p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/epa-lead-levels-too-high-pilsen-air-87913 Sound bite of the day: EPA gets heavy dose of folk http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-24/sound-bite-day-epa-gets-heavy-dose-folk-86986 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/margaret-epa-folk.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, the EPA held a public hearing in Chicago to get input on newly proposed regulations over air pollution. People came down to the Crowne Plaza Hotel to voice their concerns to the EPA panel.</p><p>One woman decided not to speak.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-24/margaret-epa-folk.jpg" title="" width="500" height="373"></p><p>Instead, she sang:</p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483509-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/epa-folk.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>And oh...how the EPA watched.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-24/epa-folk.jpg" style="width: 534px; height: 399px;" title=""></p><p>It's just like<em> American Idol</em>.</p></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 21:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-24/sound-bite-day-epa-gets-heavy-dose-folk-86986 Solis hangs on in 25th after power plant flip-flop http://www.wbez.org/story/25th-ward/solis-hangs-25th-after-power-plant-flip-flop-84808 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/1Solis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Ald. Danny Solis hung on in his 25th Ward runoff Tuesday. But the defeated candidate says he too has reason to celebrate.<br> <br> Solis did not support a proposal for the city to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants — he didn't, that is, until he fell short in the election’s first round and landed in the runoff.<br> <br> Solis says he needed to get in tune with constituents upset about the Fisk Generating Station, a coal-fired plant in Pilsen, a largely Mexican neighborhood in the ward. The flip-flop seems to have sealed his reelection.<br> <br> “I am committed to passing the Clean [Power] Ordinance in the city of Chicago,” Solis told his supporters Tuesday night after winning about 54 percent of the runoff vote.<br> <br> The losing candidate, Cuahutémoc Morfin, took credit: “We made him come to the right side of the issue in the environmental issue, which is the coal plant here, which pollutes the air that we breathe.”<br> <br> With Solis behind the power-plant proposal, it has a better chance of passing the City Council.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 08:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/25th-ward/solis-hangs-25th-after-power-plant-flip-flop-84808