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ELPC Commends National Approach to High Speed Rail Project Selection

The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) today commended the Obama Administration for the diverse selection of high speed-rail projects and national approach to awarding $8 billion in stimulus funding. The 13 projects chosen represent critical first steps toward building a modern, national, passenger rail infrastructure and are the first significant passenger rail investments in

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Clean Water Advocates Announce Intent to Sue EPA to Set Pollution Standards

CLEAN WATER ADVOCATES ANNOUNCE INTENT TO SUE EPA TO SET STANDARDS NEEDED TO CONTROL PHOSPHORUS AND NITROGEN POLLUTION Decade of Inaction Has Left Wisconsin Waters Unsafe November 23, 2009 – A coalition of environmental groups seeks through legal action to push the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in

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EPA Blocks Air Permit for BP Refinery Expansion

Agency Decides in Favor of Citizens and Environmental Groups October 19, 2009 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued an objection to the operating permit for BP North America’s refinery in Whiting, IN that will require the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to rewrite the permit. The decision is a victory for

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ELPC Applauds Passage of Wisconsin’s Electronic Products Recycling Bill

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the Electronic Products Recycling Bill (Senate Bill 107) that requires manufacturers to take responsibility for the growing problem of electronic waste. The new bill, authored by Senator Mark Miller and cosponsored by Representative Penny Bernard Schaber, passed with a bipartisan vote of 57-37. “Electronic waste is the fastest growing

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Health and Environment Groups Intervene in Federal Pollution Case Against Coal Plant Operator

ELPC Applauds Passage of Wisconsin’s Electronic Products Recycling Bill Legislation will reduce toxic pollution and create jobs On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the Electronic Products Recycling Bill (Senate Bill 107) that requires manufacturers to take responsibility for the growing problem of electronic waste. The new bill, authored by Senator Mark Miller and cosponsored by

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ELPC and Coalition Announce Intent to Sue Coal Plant Owners For Violating Clean Air Act

ELPC stood with its coalition partners in front of the Fisk coal plant in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood to announce the next step in our campaign to clean up Illinois’ coal plants. Midwest Generation, LLC faces a legal challenge from a coalition of Illinois health and environmental groups for releasing illegally high amounts of particulate matter

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Energy Efficiency Standards will Create Jobs, Savings and a Cleaner Environment for Indiana

Indianapolis – Business and environmental leaders gathered in Indianapolis today to make the case for national efficiency standards that will help our state reap the benefits from energy efficiency. A recent study shows that energy efficiency standards can create thousands of new jobs in Indiana and save consumers over $1 billion on utility bills. The

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Illinois’ New Energy Efficient Building Code Will Save Energy and Protect the Environmen

New residential buildings in Illinois will be more energy efficient, save money on energy bills and avoid pollution because of the new residential energy efficient building code passed the General Assembly on Sunday. House Bill 3987, sponsored by Representative Julie Hamos and Senator Don Harmon, will make energy efficient “green building” practices standard for every

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New Rules Help Connect South Dakota’s Wind and Solar Power to the Grid

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved new state rules today to simplify the connection of wind turbines, solar panels, and other clean energy systems to the electric grid. The standards create a consistent statewide process for connecting smaller renewable energy projects and avoid the uncertainty and costs associated with the previous patchwork ofregulations.

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President Obama Announced New Clean Car Standards That Will Reduce Pollution and Save Illinois Drivers More Than $500 Million Per Year

Today, President Obama announced new nationwide pollution reduction and fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. The new standards will largely track the clean car standards being advocated by the Environmental Law & Policy Center and considered by the Illinois General Assembly in HB422 and SB1941. “President Obama is driving automakers to develop cleaner cars

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