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Report: Iowa Consumer’s Annual Utility Bills Could Climb Over $800 if Legislature Permits Unfair Nuclear Reactor Financing Method

DES MOINES, IA – A leading U.S. expert on nuclear reactor financing is warning that a bill pending in the Iowa Senate to allow MidAmerican to charge in advance for the construction of new nuclear reactors could lead to significantly more expensive utility bills for state consumers, up to $70 higher a month ($840 per year).

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Chicago Groups to U.S. EPA: Take Charge of Illinois’ Failed Permitting Program

Six-Year Delay in Enforcement Could Allow Greater Pollution from Area Coal Plants CHICAGO – Eight Chicago-area environmental and public health organizations are petitioning federal regulators to take over an Illinois permitting program that has failed to meet Clean Air Act requirements for more than 15 years. For instance, the state has failed to issue effective

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Statement from Howard Learner: Separating the Chicago Area Waterway System is an Important Step to Protect the Great Lakes’ Ecology and Economy

Today, the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative released its Chicago Area Waterways Study (CAWS), which offers recommended action steps to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species. ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner released this statement about the study and its recommendations. “Separating the Great

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$1 Billion Transmission Proposal Should Receive More Thorough Review of Costs and Alternatives, Not Fast-Tracked Special Treatment

Environmental Law & Policy Center and Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin Call for Fair Review A massive $1 billion proposal for transmission lines that would run through Northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula should not be allowed to continue on a special, fast-tracked “out-of-cycle” approval process, according to the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC)

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PlugInChicagoMetro.org – New Electric Car Online Tool Helps Educate Chicago-Area Consumers

CHICAGO – The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) has launched PlugInChicagoMetro.org, a new tool to help educate consumers about electric cars available in the Chicagoland area in 2012. The interactive site includes comparative information about the seven makes/models of plug-in electric cars that are or will soon be available for purchase in the region,

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ELPC Ranked Among Top 10 Highest-Rated Charities in America According to New MainStreet Analysis of Charity Navigator Data

ELPC Is Only Environmental Group to be Recognized FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JILL GEIGER 312-795-3703 January 12, 2012 Chicago, IL – The Environmental Law & Policy Center is proud to be recognized as a top charity in the new ranking presented by MainStreet (www.mainstreet.com), a personal finance news and advice website; the list was also

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USDOT Awards $186 Million for High-Speed Rail in Illinois

The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) commends Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for awarding more than $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation for work on the extension of the Chicago-St. Louis line to Joliet. Work will begin in the spring and will enable improved 110-mph passenger rail service along 70 percent of the

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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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