Updates from the Executive Director

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.

Making A Difference: Mercury Pollution Reduction Standards Protect Children’s Health and the Great Lakes

As we begin a new year, let’s recognize a terrific long-delayed success finalized at the end of 2011. On December 21st, the US EPA announced the first-ever national standards to reduce mercury, arsenic, cadmium and other toxic air pollutants from coal plants by requiring installation of modern pollution control equipment. These standards make good economic

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2011: Achieving ELPC’s Mission & Vision

This is both a remarkable and challenging year for our nation’s economy and for the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s work to protect our environment, preserve the Midwest’s natural heritage and grow the clean energy economy.  During this time of extreme political partisanship and economic doldrums, ELPC has produced strong successes and strong results. We

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New National Air Pollution Standards Will Create a Healthier Nation and a Stronger Economy

Statement by Howard A. Learner, Executive Director, Environmental Law & Policy Center “Preventing just one death is heroic, and EPA’s new pollution reduction standards do even better by preventing tens of thousands of premature deaths and heart attacks and avoiding hundreds of thousands of illnesses. Reducing soot and smog can alleviate asthma and help people’s

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Post-Election Strategies for Midwest Progress

Many pundits have reduced the November 2010 election results to quick generalized sound bites reflecting the noisiest politicians, but the impacts on environmental and transportation issues are more complicated. Most of the elected Midwest Governors are reasonably pragmatic and open-minded when it comes to renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural resources preservation and high-speed rail development.

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