Report: Chicago board expected to OK river cleanup

June 2, 2011 4:48:51 AM PDT
After years of fighting cleanup efforts on the Chicago River, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is expected to officially drop its long-standing opposition.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, a majority of the district's nine elected board members say they back a White House plan to make stretches of the Chicago River, Cal-Sag Channel and Little Calumet River safer for recreation.

Terrence O'Brien, the board's longtime president, has been a chief critic of Environmental Protection Agency cleanup plans. He told the Tribune he will not stand in the way of a policy change. But he thinks the river cleanup is an unfunded federal mandate.