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New Interconnection Standards Clear the Way for Clean Energy in Iowa

The Iowa Utilities Board has issued final standards for interconnection of wind, solar and other forms of clean energy to the Iowa electric grid. These rules are the culmination of years of advocacy by the Environmental Law & Policy Center and a coalition of clean energy business, agricultural and environmental groups. Interconnection is the process of linking

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Legislation to Boost Solar Power Passes Illinois General Assembly

On May 26, the Illinois General Assembly passed two bills that will create more than 5,000 new jobs and bring more than 3 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity to Illinois consumers by 2014. “By removing barriers to solar power developers, these measures will create approximately 5,000 new jobs between now and 2015,” said Assistant

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Groups Applaud Wolverine Coal Plant Permit Denial by Governor Granholm, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Environment

LANSING, MI –Local residents and groups declared victory today in a more than four-year battle against a proposed coal plant in Rogers City. Area residents applauded Governor Jennifer Granholm and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) Director Rebecca Humphries for denying a permit needed to build the controversial plant. “We in Rogers

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Illinois Passes Bill to Control Mercury Pollution from Thermostats

The Illinois House and Senate have passed a new bill to control dangerous mercury pollution from an often overlooked source: mercury thermostats. While it is illegal to sell mercury thermostats in Illinois today, tens of millions of mercury thermostats are still in use across the country. Each one of these thermostats contains about four grams

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Environmental Law & Policy Center Provides Info for Consumers About Electric Vehicles

The Environmental Law & Policy Center has launched a new online FAQ resource to help consumers understand the basics of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and the choices we’ll soon have in the auto marketplace. As excitement builds around the new hybrid and electric vehicle models expected in 2010 and 2011, ELPC is answering key

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Groundbreaking City Ordinance Would Cut Pollution from Chicago Coal Plants

Groundbreaking City Ordinance Would Cut Pollution from Chicago Coal Plants Clean Power Ordinance Would Make Chicago First City to Regulate Coal Plant Pollution Chicago -Alderman Joe Moore unveiled an ordinance today that would significantly reduce soot and greenhouse gas pollution from Chicago’s coal plants. The Clean Power Ordinance, co-sponsored by Alderman Sandi Jackson (7th), Alderman

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New Clean Car Standards Will Benefit the Midwest’s Economy and Environment

Midwest states should gain direct economic and environmental benefits as the U.S. automotive industry transitions to meet historic new federal clean car standards. Midwest environmental leaders are highlighting the opportunities for job growth and economic development as the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards are issued. 

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ELPC’s New Report Calls on States to Regulate Water Pollution from Agriculture

ELPC’s new report, “Cultivating Clean Water,” was released recently.  The report, authored by ELPC and the Mississippi River Collaborative, provides an overview of existing state programs that regulate runoff pollution from agriculture and gives a template for creating effective regulations that work well for farmers and the environment. To download a copy of the report,

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ELPC Commends “Double Play” Federal Grants Relieve Chicago Rail Congestion and Help High-Speed Passenger Rail

$100 million for CREATE will improve both freight and passenger rail service The Environmental Law and Policy Center commended the U.S. Department of Transportation’s awards of TIGER grants in Midwest states that will benefit both freight and passenger rail. A $100 million TIGER grant will go toward untangling freight rail lines in the Chicago area.

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Iowa Approves Clean Water Rules – ELPC’s Work Pays Off

On February 8,  Iowa legislators approved statewide rules that will protect Iowa’s waters from pollution and stem the trend of declining water quality in Iowa’s lakes and streams. “This is great news for Iowa,” said Brad Klein, Staff Attorney at ELPC. “After years of delay, the legislature made the choice today to protect Iowa’s environment and

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