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New Federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Will Protect Children’s Health and the Environment

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever federal standards to reduce mercury, arsenic, chromium and other toxic air pollutants from power plants. EPA estimates that these standards will prevent thousands of hospitalizations and emergency room visits and 17,000 premature deaths each year. Implementing the standards, which were called for in the 1990

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New Federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Will Protect Children’s Health and the Environment

Chicago – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever federal standards to reduce mercury, arsenic, chromium and other toxic air pollutants from power plants. EPA estimates that these standards will prevent thousands of hospitalizations and emergency room visits and 17,000 premature deaths each year. Implementing the standards, which were called for in

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ELPC Commends TIGER Investments That Will Increase Multi-modal Access to High-Speed Rail and Public Transit

New federal investments will expand access to smart transportation Illinois. Alton, Illinois received a $13.8 million grant through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program to construct the Alton Regional Multi-modal Transportation Center. The transportation center will increase the impact of the high-speed rail station in Alton, linking rail and surface transportation and creating

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ELPC Names Three of Indiana’s Cleanest Rivers

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) today identified three of Indiana’s cleanest rivers: Sugar Creek, The Tippecanoe and the East Fork of the White River.  These pristine waters are popular destinations for fishing, canoeing and recreation and provide a stark contrast to the list of polluted waters ELPC released recently. “These rivers are examples

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ELPC Helps The City of Chicago Win a $750,000 Federal Grant for Rooftop Solar Development

The City of Chicago, together with its solar-development partners the Environmental Law & Policy Center, Illinois Institute of Technology, and West Monroe Partners has received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge. The City will use the grant funds to transform Chicago into

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As Recycling Expands, Illinois Bans Electronics from Landfills

Now that free residential recycling programs are in place for electronic products, Illinois will ban electronics from landfills beginning January 1st, 2012. Illinois’ electronic waste standard is one of the strongest in the nation, and requires manufacturers of electronics to provide free recycling options to Illinois consumers. As of January 1st, Illinois will officially ban

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ELPC Commends Midwest Senators for Upholding Clean Air Safeguards for Public Health

Senators Sherrod Brown (OH), Dick Durbin (IL), Al Franken (MN), Tim Johnson (SD), Mark Kirk (IL), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Herb Kohl (WI), Carl Levin (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) stood up for clean air protections today and voted against an extraordinary resolution that would have blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from advancing standards to

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ELPC Tells the Stories of Polluted Rivers and Lakes in Indiana

ELPC has launched a new project to tell the stories of polluted rivers and lakes in Indiana. Indiana’s weak state policies and lax enforcement have allowed the state’s rivers and lakes to become fouled by algae blooms, toxins, sedimentation and dangerous pathogens.  Indiana is also home to pristine rivers and streams that attract visitors from across

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Saugatuck Residents Say Court’s Decision is a Victory for Their Community

Saugatuck residents, conservation, historical and civic organizations are declaring victory after Chief Judge Paul Maloney of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan declared illegal a proposed consent decree between developer Aubrey McClendon’s Singapore Dunes L.L.C. and the Saugatuck Township Board that would have allowed the developer to build a hotel, marina

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ELPC Study Finds Over 250 Solar and Wind Energy Businesses in Wisconsin

The Environmental Law and Policy Center’s new study of Wisconsin’s solar and wind energy supply chain finds that 171 Wisconsin companies are part of the wind energy supply chain and 135 Wisconsin companies are part of the solar energy supply chain. The solar and wind industries provide over 12,000 jobs in Wisconsin. This job growth

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