Posts in Category: Clean Air

Ten rounds with Trump: ELPC’s top federal fights of 2019

Do you care about clean water and clean air? How about protecting our kids from mercury pollution or acting on climate change? I think we’d all want to say everyone cares about all of these things, but unfortunately not the Trump Administration.   That’s why ELPC had a busy 2019 standing up to the Trump Administration and working to fight its continued rollback

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ELPC in 2019: Strong Results, Impact, and a Good Reason to Give…

We’ve had an incredible year at ELPC. We’re fighting back and playing to win against President Trump’s misguided attempts to rollback protective clean air and clean water standards, systematically weaken the Environmental Protection Agency, and conduct what amounts to a War on the Great Lakes.  We are winning with savvy strategies, our very hardworking and

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Censoring Science at the EPA Threatens Public Health

The Trump administration is churning through rollbacks of public health protections on an almost daily basis. Whether it is protecting our climate, clean air, or water, this administration has set its sights on undermining sensible standards in favor of polluters. Last week, ELPC joined colleagues from the League of Conservation Voters, the National Parks Conservation

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Update on the fight against ozone – ELPC’s day in court

Ground-level ozone, also known as smog, is a dangerous air pollutant that harms communities across the Midwest. Unfortunately, EPA has failed to live up to its responsibility to protect public health and the environment from this threat. EPA recently designated several Midwestern areas as “in attainment” with air quality standards, despite abundant evidence that those

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Chicago needs Electric CTA Buses for Clean Air

Chicago is plagued by air pollution, and transportation is one of the largest contributing factors. Our public transportation system provides many residents with important low-impact alternatives to car travel, but it’s not perfect either. Electric CTA buses could significantly improve air quality in communities across the city. As a senior researcher at ELPC, I study

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Air Quality Program Makes for a High Quality Summer: ELPC Intern Perspective

As the summer comes to a close, I want to reflect on an ELPC program that made my summer special. Every Tuesday for the last three months, a team of about ten interns and I ventured to a different Chicago neighborhood and walked about 10 miles to collect data on air quality. Through our air

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Fighting Bad Ozone in the Midwest

Summer in Chicago is the season of outdoor music festivals, fireworks at Navy Pier, and an invisible menace looming in the air—ozone. While stratospheric ozone (the “ozone layer”) protects Earth from UV rays, ground level ozone is a dangerous air pollutant that harms humans and vegetation. Unfortunately, EPA hasn’t been doing its job to protect

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Electric school buses hit the road in the Midwest

In nearly every community across the Midwest you can find a yellow school bus. It’s a classic feature of American life, so common it’s easy to forget. But the diesel engine inside your average bus is not so sunny as its exterior, producing air pollution and carbon emissions that pose grave risks to our children.

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Air Quality Monitoring Kicks off for Summer 2019

This month, our ELPC air monitoring team and community partners hit the pavement in our third summer of data collection. Our monitoring program, Air Quality Chicago, trains residents to collect air pollution data using AirBeam PM2.5 monitors. This enables them to gain a better understanding of their exposure to air pollution and make better-informed decisions

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Illinois 2019 Legislative Session Progress and Wrap-Up

The 2019 Illinois General Assembly spring session ended and there is much good environmental news to report!  ELPC had a successful session, advancing important clean energy and environmental protection legislation as ELPC legislative advocates Al Grosboll and David McEllis worked closely with our environmental partners.  There were five bills on which ELPC played a leadership

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