Illinois Could Be First State To Ban MicrobeadsPosted 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 InfrastructurePosted 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 farmsPosted 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 disposalPosted 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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