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  • IEPA pushes for rules on coal ash disposal
    March 11 2014
    Illinois coal power plants consumed more than 48 million tons of…
  • ELPC's Statement on Gov. Quinn's Clean Water Initiative
    January 29 2014
    Environmental Law & Policy Center Commends Governor…
    January 28 2014
    CHICAGO – Clean water advocates are challenging weak…
  • Ground Broken On Disinfection Facility to Clean Chicago Waterways
    October 28 2013
    SKOKIE -- Dignitaries broke ground recently on a new disinfection…
  • Cook County Adopts Strong Stormwater Ordinance
    October 4 2013
    After years of advocacy by the Environmental Law &…
  • Dead Zone Decision: Court Ruling Forces EPA Action on Mississippi River Pollution
    September 23 2013
    Action would also fight algae blooms in Great Lakes and other…

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Illinois Could Be First State To Ban Microbeads
Posted Apr 17, 2014

The tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps promise a gentle scrubbing and luxuriously smooth skin. But those little beads of grit are also piling up in waterways, where they can suck up toxins and harm wildlife, environmentalists say. Because of those concerns, Illinois is one of several states considering legislation to force manufacturers to drop products that use the particles, called microbeads. A measure advancing through the General Assembly in Springfield this... Read More »
Illinois Moving on Climate Ready Water Infrastructure
Posted Apr 04, 2014

The Illinois State Senate unanimously passed legislation that will help make wastewater and stormwater systems better prepared for the impacts of climate change.  SB 2780 will make low-interest loans, loan guarantees, and other forms of financial support available from the state’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF, but knownin Illinois as the Water Pollution Control Loan Program) for green infrastructure, water efficiency and other projects essential to making... Read More »
Amendments to Illinois livestock law seek to curb irresponsible growth of factory farms
Posted Mar 28, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A coalition of community advocates and environmental groups have proposed a bill in the Illinois legislature — House Bill 5637 — to amend the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA), a controversial pro-agribusiness law criticized as leaving the floodgates open for irresponsible factory farm development in Illinois since the late 1990s. In response to a citizens’ petition, Illinois has been targeted by the U.S. Environmental Protection... Read More »
IEPA pushes for rules on coal ash disposal
Posted Mar 11, 2014

Waste contains toxins that can poison water supplies   Illinois coal power plants consumed more than 48 million tons of coal in 2012 – more than any other state except Texas. So what happens to the ash that coal produces when it is burned? Right now, it’s stored in 91 retention ponds around the state, where toxic substances like arsenic and mercury can leach from the ash into water supplies.The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is pushing for new administrative rules... Read More »

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