Posts in Category: Clean Water

Howard Learner’s new Op-Ed in the Indy Star: ArcelorMittal must be held accountable for spewing dangerous chemicals into the Little Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan

The impact: 3,000 dead fish, closed beaches along Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes National Park, and safe drinking water at risk. In August, ArcelorMittal violated its permits by spewing dangerous chemicals, including cyanide and ammonia, into the Little Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan. The company delayed informing public officials of this toxic chemical spill.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer Op-Ed: Curbing Runoff from Giant Livestock Farms Key to Solving Lake Erie Toxic Algal Blooms

Summer may be over, but eyes still need to be on Lake Erie. Toxic algal blooms had another bad year, covering 620 square miles of the lake at one point with a thick green scum and microcystin toxins. The situation won’t improve until the manure and fertilizer runoff pollution causing the toxic algal blooms is significantly reduced.

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Bi-National Symposium to Discuss Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Great Lakes

On September 16th, ELPC joined Her Honor, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, in co-hosting a bi-national symposium on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment and Great Lakes. A group of approximately 80 Americans and Canadians came together in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite for a half-day of discussions

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ELPC joins discussions with national leaders on protecting clean water in the Great Lakes region

Hearing on Vanishing Environmental Reviews and the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program Last Friday, I testified at the U.S. House Committee on Small Business about Wisconsin’s proposed Foxconn development near Lake Michigan and the need for environmental regulation. Thank you Congressman Brad Schneider and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez for holding this hearing. Developments like Foxconn usually receive an environmental impact assessment before they

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ELPC Gives Great Lakes Climate Change Strategy Briefing on Capitol Hill

From L-R: Senator Ed Markey, Professor Don Wuebbles, Senator Tammy Duckworth, ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner, Professor Dana Infante, Professor Ashish Sharma  On July 9 I joined ELPC’s Federal Legislative Director Ann Mesnikoff, and three prominent Midwest university scientists – Professors Dana Infante (Michigan State U), Ashish Sharma (Notre Dame and U-Illinois) and Don Wuebbles  (U-Illinois)

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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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Ohio needs a real plan for real water quality

Ohio needs real water quality enforcement, and a wise investment of public resources Testimony before Ohio House Finance Committee on HB7 bill for H2Ohio Fund Water is the very lifeblood of Ohio. From our long and winding rivers to the shores of the Great Lakes, our water resources are essential to the lives and livelihoods

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Proposed Budget Cut to Successful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is Continuation of Trump’s War on the Great Lakes

President Trump’s proposed new budget would cut 90% of the funding for the successful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This is a continuation of Trump’s War on the Great Lakes.  He just doesn’t get that the Great Lakes is a global gem where we live, work and play. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is vitally important and successful.

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The House Appropriations Committee Should Increase Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding

On February 26, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. I want to congratulate Congresswoman McCollum for now chairing this important Subcommittee and commend the Appropriations Committee and this Subcommittee for its strong bipartisan support for funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative over the past

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Protecting the Midwest Environment: 2018 Results

The November 2018 election results are a stunning rebuke of President Trump as suburban independents, moderate Republicans, and other swing voters backed Democratic US House candidates and Midwest gubernatorial and attorney general candidates. Some races were close (e.g., Wisconsin Governor and Attorney General), but many were not (e.g., Illinois and Michigan Governors and Attorneys General,

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