Author Profile: Howard Learner

ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner is an experienced attorney and the founder of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. He is responsible for ELPC’s overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform. His updates include his analysis of recent developments in clean energy, clean air, clean water, clean transportation and natural resources, as well as notes about ELPC organizational news.

Blog Posts by Howard Learner

Air Quality Matters In a Respiratory Health Global Pandemic

In the the midst of a global public health crisis, most air quality news has been focused on the cleaner air from less vehicle traffic and industrial activity. Sadly, it’s not all good news. What in the world was Hilco thinking in demolishing its coal plant without dust control in the Little Village community in

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Chicago Tribune: Under pressure from lawyers and Illinois politicians, Indiana accuses Lake Michigan steel mill of manipulating water pollution samples after fish-killing spill

After the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Ogden Dunes, IN released concentrated cyanide and ammonia into a stream that feeds Lake Michigan, causing fish kills and beach closures, ELPC and the Hoosier Environmental Council filed suit for years of Clean Water Act violations. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management started following the steel mill’s pollution more

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MiBiz: Court challenges to follow Trump administration’s vehicle fuel economy rollback

The Trump administration is moving forward with rolling back clean car standards in the midst of a respiratory pandemic. ELPC and colleagues are fighting back to protect Midwest jobs, affordable transportation, and clean air. “Howard Learner, executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, said his group and other allies will file suit in federal appeals

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Sound Science is Vital to Public Health

I really am stunned that we need to defend established science. Vital environmental standards depend on sound science in the regulatory process. The American people overwhelmingly support these sensible public health protections, but we’re seeing a “throw the spaghetti against the wall” attempt to defeat them left and right. Here’s the latest battle which ELPC,

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Trump’s Tone-Deaf Rollback of Sensible Clean Car Standards

The backyard view from my kitchen isn’t as inspiring as the view from ELPC’s riverfront offices in downtown Chicago, but our staff’s effective advocacy continues in these challenging times, now from 46 connected remote home offices. While most of the world’s leadership is laser-focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 31, 2020, the Trump

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With Great Lakes Flooding on the Way, ELPC Working on Climate Solutions

I walked along the Lake Michigan shoreline this weekend. My neighborhood beach is gone, and the water is already lapping up over the rocks onto the walking path and grassy shore. In part due to climate change, Great Lakes water levels are experiencing extremes – mostly much higher, and sometimes lower. Amidst one crisis, worsened

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Environmental Advocacy in These Times

These are unprecedented times. Like many of you, ELPC is doing our part with our staff working from home to ensure their safety and our communities’ health. ELPC’s effective work continues to protect core environmental values across the Midwest region. We will continue to fight back and play to win against the Trump Administration’s misguided

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La Crosse Tribune Op-Ed: Renewable energy generates jobs, business and clean power

Alicia Leinberger founded Ethos Green Power in Viroqua to bring clean power and good jobs to rural communities. “There’s not really a lot of opportunity for young people to get jobs out here,” Leinberger said. “Making solar and servicing solar has been really successful.” Renewable energy jobs and businesses include solar panel installers and wind

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Op-Ed: Savvy policies can grow Wisconsin’s renewable energy jobs

Clean energy projects — and the jobs and economic growth they create — flourish in places with policies that help these businesses grow. It’s time for Wisconsin to return as a renewable energy leader. Smart policies make a difference. To keep growing Wisconsin jobs and businesses in the renewable energy supply chain, Wisconsin should drive

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Op-Ed: Water Quality a Key Issue for Southwest Wisconsin Voters

There’s a problem with safe, clean drinking water here in southwest Wisconsin’s scenic Driftless Area. We know it, we understand what to do about it, and we want politicians to step up with regulatory policy actions and solutions. The Environmental Law & Policy Center Action Fund commissioned top researcher Ann Selzer (who FiveThirtyEight calls “The

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