Midwest Energy News: Water ruling means more uncertainty for Illinois coal plantsPosted Jun 12, 2015
Proposed new temperature limits on Chicago-area waterways could hasten the demise of two coal-fired power plants.
In comments filed June 1, NRG Energy argued before the Illinois Pollution Control Board that “certain industrial facilities” would close under the board’s proposal to impose stricter temperature limits on a Chicago-area waterway system. NRG owns two coal plants that discharge into these waterways, part of the fleet the companypurchased from Midwest... Read More »
My Journal Courier: Farms focus on saving nutrients, improving waterPosted May 31, 2015
Reducing nutrient losses from farm fields is a hot topic among farmers these days.
About a year ago, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency released a draft “nutrient loss reduction strategy” that largely targets farmers and municipal water treatment plants as part of an effort to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus from contributing to hypoxia or a so-called “dead zone” of water in the Gulf of Mexico, according to FarmWeekNow.com.
Farmers and farm groups are not... Read More »
The Rock River Times: Water advocates, Illinois businesses applaud release of EPA’s Clean Water RulePosted May 27, 2015
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule, providing Clean Water Act protections for many streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water that our critical to our health, our economy and our natural world. The rule can be viewed here – http://www2.epa.gov/cleanwaterrule
The rule restores Clean Water Act safeguards for waterbodies that were historically protected under the Act. The streams and wetlands at issue... Read More »
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