Indiana official blames Chicago for NW Indiana's poor air

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Comments by Indiana's top environmental official blaming Chicago for northwestern Indiana's air quality woes aren't sitting well in the Windy City.
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Mickey

Skokie, IL

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Jan 18, 2008
 
Wow they must have forgot about that dump that sits right across the lake from Chi-town......thats right Gary is a dump. When i look out the window at work over the lake you can see a haze over Gary. Tell this guy to stick it up his ars.
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

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Jan 18, 2008
 
wow, what a rocket scientist. Prevailing west winds, blame the people west of you. We should blame Iowa for all our bad weather since most of it starts there. Maybe they (Indiana) should look at the Indiana oil refineries that dump huge amounts of toxic waste into Lake Michigan affecting everyone's drinking water.
Radian

Princeton, IL

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Jan 18, 2008
 
What a joke. NW Indiana is the armpit of the midwest. BP-AMOCO, USX-Gary Works, Inland Steel, Bethlehem Steel, USG, and host of other industrial concerns combined make NW Indiana the regions primary polluter, but somehow the poor air quality is Chicago's fault.

All this is from the state that wanted to allow more mercury dumping in Lake Michigan!
Bill

United States

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#4
Jan 18, 2008
 
I've lived in NW Indiana most of my life and I would NEVER say that Chicago was a major contributor to our air pollution. With all of the factories and mills in the area (that have been poorly regulated) this IDEM Commissioner can only blame himself. It just makes him look like an idiot for not knowing how to do his own job!
Olgum

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Jan 18, 2008
 
Is Whiting a bad place to live? Seriously I don't know.
Scott

Palo Alto, CA

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#6
Jan 18, 2008
 
Yes. Why do thousands of motorists daily put their ventilation systems on inside air as they reach Gary? It's not because of air from Chicago.
Jim

Riverdale, IL

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Jan 18, 2008
 
Is this guy an idiot? Ever been to a steel mill? Ever been to an oil refinery? They have chemicals that will give you a cancer that they don't even have names for yet! If this moron really cared about the environment, he would have these plants not only cleaned up but moved off the shores of the Great Lake Michigan. 95% of the freshwater in the USA comes from The Great Lakes, and this guy is ok with big companies polluting them (only a little). Water they say, will be the next thing countries fight over after oil. You can look it up.
Dougie

Warrenville, IL

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#8
Jan 18, 2008
 
Olgum wrote:
Is Whiting a bad place to live? Seriously I don't know.
Whiting is a great place to live. As long as you keep your lungs in Chicago.
Dougie

Warrenville, IL

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Jan 18, 2008
 
Jim wrote:
Is this guy an idiot? Ever been to a steel mill? Ever been to an oil refinery? They have chemicals that will give you a cancer that they don't even have names for yet! If this moron really cared about the environment, he would have these plants not only cleaned up but moved off the shores of the Great Lake Michigan. 95% of the freshwater in the USA comes from The Great Lakes, and this guy is ok with big companies polluting them (only a little). Water they say, will be the next thing countries fight over after oil. You can look it up.
Another " Not in my backyard " idiot.

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Since: Sep 07

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#10
Jan 18, 2008
 
I believe Gary has more of a negative affect on the region rather than Chicago.

Gary is the garbage pit of Northwest Indiana!
ChiTown

Norcross, GA

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Jan 18, 2008
 
Yes, and what does Gary Air rhyme with? Derrier, which is what it smells like.
Wilson

Valparaiso, IN

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#12
Jan 18, 2008
 
You people ever wonder where the steel comes from to build the skyscrapers? The gas to make your cars go? NWI has this massive industrial complex by design, not accident. Chicago as the huge urban center it is, has a massive environmental impact on the great lakes region, both through the huge amount of pollution it generates, as well as the through the massive industrial and energy production it demands. Donít be naive.
maxine

Chicago, IL

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Jan 18, 2008
 
Apparently this Easterly doofus has never taken a ride on the Borman Expressway--one of the most dangerous highways in the US. Why? Trucks barreling in and out of the Port of Indiana in Burns Harbor. Yes, Easterly, trucks pollute. Yes, Easterly, the Port was created by the state of Indiana as a free trade zone to encourage industrial development.

If Easterly is concerned about reducing pollution, get Indianapolis to cough up enough cash to extend the South Shore into Munster, Highland, south to Lowell; east to Merrillville and Valparaiso. Then, all those drivers coming into Chicago could avoid the Borman and ride a train. The lack of commuter rail service in northwest Indiana forces thousands of additional cars onto local highways.

So, Easterly--stop blaming Chicago for Indiana's problem.
outspoken

Elk Grove Village, IL

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Jan 19, 2008
 
My thought echo many already posted here about the steel mills and refineries in NW Indiana. However, everyone also failed to mention the NIPSCO energy plant in Michigan City. Isn't that coal-fired and not a cleaner source for production of power? That has to be included as a source of pollution as well!
Sean

Chicago, IL

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#15
Jan 19, 2008
 
This guy is a toolsack. Maybe he didn't notice that the region's heavy industry doesn't stop at the Chicago/Illinois border. Without Chicago, Northwest Indiana would be an empty field.
StCMan

Geneva, IL

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#16
Jan 19, 2008
 
Hmmm. And what about I80-94 and I65 that carry millions of cars daily and runs right through that area? All those cars must be heading for Chicago so it's Chicago's fault. Indiana is a laughingstock and residents there know it! If not for Chicago, northwest Indiana would look like the rest of the state - void of life and activity except the church revivals.
Derek

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#17
Jan 19, 2008
 
I love how everyone hear likes to simplify a very complex problem. The people from Chicago pointing the finger at IN are just as ignorant as the people from IN pointing the finger at Chicago. Chicago has a huge effect on the environment. Much of the reason that IN has so much industrial complex is due to Chicago and its demands for resources and energy. Without those refineries in IN, the Chicagoans posting here would be walking or riding a bike everywhere they went. And whoever was saying that IN has a bad transit system needs to look at the Chicago burbs. Transit is non existent in the burbs. You can do very little in the burbs without driving your car.
even if you want to take a METRA train on a weekend from the burbs you have to drive your car to the train station because Pace buses on run for rush hour. That is what you call incomplete transit service. And certainly IN has a double standard when they want to allow BP to pollute Lake Michigan and then turn around and blame Chicago for all their problems. Chicago and IN both share the blame for pollution and pointing the finger at one or the other is a waste of time.
TWa

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#18
Jan 19, 2008
 
I remember living in New England and hearing about how the Midwest caused their acid rain problem.
I laughed and thought "YOU own those industries. We just work in them"
What geniuses.
Same as Wilson said. NW Indiana is Chicago's step child. And Chicago, by virtue of having a louder voice, will take no responsibility in anything.

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Since: Oct 07

Chicago

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#19
Jan 19, 2008
 
There is a mill that was belching filth into the sky on my last visit to Lighthouse Place located in Michigan City, Indiana. Is this official going to blame this on the greater Chicagoland area?

You have to get at least 20 miles south of Northwest Indiana before you hit decent looking areas. The lakefront is tarnished by industry, except for the Indiana Dunes. You can still see the smokestacks from factories there as well.

This official is nuts.
Promises Promises

Naperville, IL

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Jan 19, 2008
 
NW is to Chicago as Northern New Jersey is to New York City.

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