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  • Restore the Clean Water Act: Take Action to Prevent Water Pollution, Reduce Flooding and Protect Habitat
    July 2 2014
    Which waters are most worth protecting? The answer is fundamental…
  • Illinois Environmental Community Rejects Last Minute Fracking Bill
    May 24 2014
    Late today amendments were submitted in the Illinois General…
  • Is Illinois at risk for the next coal ash disaster?
    May 8 2014
    On Feb. 2, a storage site filled with coal ash – a…
  • 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…

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Clean water groups highlight progress for Apple River, call for more success stories
Posted Oct 27, 2014

On the heels of the 42nd  anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report tells the story of how the bedrock environmental law has helped to restore and protect the Apple River, where citizens banded together to protect the river and Apple River Canyon State Park from efforts to construct two factory farms within the river’s watershed. Clean water groups released Waterways Restored, a series of case studies compiled by Environment Illinois Research & Policy... Read More »
The Southern Illinoisan: Uncertainty still looms over fracking in Illinois
Posted Oct 27, 2014

More than 15 months after Gov. Pat Quinn signed fracking legislation into law, uncertainty still hovers over the future of the controversial industry in Illinois. Fracking supporters claim rule making for the legislation has been held up by a cumbersome commenting process set up by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources while fracking opponents view the delay as necessary to ensure a "dangerous" practice is made as safe as possible. Comment process Brad Richards, executive vice... Read More »
Letter: Protect Clean Water in Illinois
Posted Sep 22, 2014

This spring, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close the loopholes that currently leave 20 million acres of the nation’s wetlands and half of its streams and rivers unprotected under the Clean Water Act. This is particularly problematic in Illinois because of the threat of continued contamination to Lake Michigan, a drinking source to millions of Illinoisans. Those neglected rivers and streams flowing into Lake Michigan threaten public health and a source of revenue... Read More »

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