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 »
IL Gov. marks $2B for statewide clean water, stormwater management projectsPosted Feb 07, 2014
Feb. 5, 2014 -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is addressing critical infrastructure throughout the state by doubling the investment in clean water projects through the Illinois Clean Water Initiative (ICWI). Further, he has earmarked $2 billion for projects such as replacing ancient water mains, upgrading sewers and building wastewater treatment plants statewide.
As part of Quinn's agenda to protect the environment by modernizing water infrastructure, local governments can use ICWI... Read More »
10 Times Too Much Pollution is Way Too MuchPosted Jan 28, 2014
CHICAGO (January 28, 2014) – Clean water advocates are challenging weak pollution permits awarded to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) that allow three sewage treatment plants to dump phosphorous at 10 times the level USEPA studies say should be allowed into area waterways. The permit doesn’t do enough to limit fertilizing chemicals that contribute to aquatic plant and algae choking waterways from Evanston to the Gulf of Mexico. The... Read More »
Environmental groups hint at fight on Willow Road tunnelPosted Jan 14, 2014
With Winnetka officials expected to hire a firm this month to design a tunnel under Willow Road to discharge stormwater into Lake Michigan, three environmental advocacy organizations recently have expressed concerns that the $34.4 million project might fall short of federal requirements and regional guideposts.
A letter obtained by the Tribune sent on Oct. 31, 2013, by the Environmental Law andPolicy Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council to Winnetka Village President Gene... Read More »
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