Howard’s blog

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. Howard’s blog includes 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.

ELPC Commends Illinois Vote Rejecting Tire Burners as Clean Energy

The Environmental Law & Policy Center commends the Illinois State Senators who twice rejected proposed legislation that would have allowed a tire-burning incinerator special treatment as akin to clean renewable energy.  The Tire Burning Bill (SB 380) would have benefited Geneva Energy, the tire-burner plant owner, which repeatedly violated its air pollution permit levels according

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ELPC Commends New EPA Mercury Pollution Reduction Standards

The Environmental Law & Policy Center commends the Obama Administration for proposing new federal air pollution reduction standards today that would sharply reduce mercury and other toxic pollutants from industrial boilers and solid waste incinerators. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the proposed rules would reduce mercury pollution by more than 50

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Plug-In Hybrids – Smart Strategies for the Chicago Area’s Environment

This article by ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner appeared in the “Green Issue” of the New York Times’ Chicago Life Magazine. Many of us are excited by the new plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) coming into the market later this year.  They’re cool, high-tech and use less gasoline from countries that don’t like us very much and

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ELPC Commends EPA on Endangerment Finding

“We commend US EPA Administrator Jackson and the Obama Administration for today’s endangerment finding. Sound science makes it clear that greenhouse gas pollution is endangering our public health. “We now call for the EPA to implement strong and fair standards that will reduce global warming pollution if Congress does not step up with legislation.  Implementing

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