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Poll Shows Chicagoans Want City to Reduce Pollution from Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants

New poll results show that in voters in every part of Chicago support efforts by the City to reduce pollution from the Fisk and Crawford coal plants. 72% of Chicago voters said they would support a plan that reduces soot pollution from the coal plants by 90% and carbon dioxide pollution by 50%.  Even after

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Ameren Announces IL Coal Plant Closings Again, Now Blaming Clean Air Act Rather than Market Forces

On Oct 4, 2011, Ameren Corp. said it would close two power plants in Illinois by the end of the year. The company blamed the shut downs on the cost of complying with new clean air standards issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ameren didn’t mention that they’d already announced plans to eliminate jobs at

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ELPC’s New Green Office Awarded LEED Platinum in Historic Landmark Building

Chicago – The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) announced today that its office has been awarded LEED Platinum certification established by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute for its office. ELPC’s office is located in the “Old Jewelers Building,” a Historic Landmark in downtown Chicago. Platinum is

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Chicago Clean Power Ordinance Introduced with Backing of New City Council

Support from 31 co-sponsors means progress for cleaner air in Chicago Aldermen Danny Solis (20th Ward) and Joe Moore (49th Ward) announced today that 31 City Council members have signed on as co-sponsors of the Chicago Clean Power ordinance.  Solis and Moore plan to reintroduce the ordinance at today’s City Council meeting.  An ordinance requires 26 votes to become law. ELPC has

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Illinois’ New Energy Efficiency Programs Can Cut Your Energy Bills by $100 This Year

ELPC Senior Attorney Rob Kelter speaks at a press conference in Peoria, Ill. Read coverage from the Champaign News Gazette or view this video clip from local NBC affiliate WEEK: The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) are marking the first day of summer by urging Illinois residents to

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ELPC Report: Federal Mercury Standards Will Protect Children’s Health in Illinois

A new report from the Environmental Law & Policy Center finds that federal air toxics standards would protect the health of Illinois children by keeping tons of mercury pollution out of our air. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that leads to lower IQ and impaired brain development in infants and children. “Companies should be morally

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Sewage Bacteria Makes Chicago River One of America’s Most Endangered Rivers

The daily discharge of 1.2 billion gallons of undisinfected sewage effluent into the Chicago River system threatens public health and has earned the river a place on the annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, a report issued by the conservation group American Rivers. Supporting over six million residents regionally, the Chicago River flows through

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Michigan Public Service Commission Tells Consumers Energy to Expand Solar Program

The Michigan Public Service Commission directed Consumers Energy to expand its popular solar energy program, known as the Experimental Advanced Renewables Program (EARP). ELPC has been advocating to expand the program. “This decision moves Michigan’s energy sector in the right direction,” Said ELPC Attorney Brad Klein. “A smart solar program can keep bills down while

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Clean Energy Creates Manufacturing Job Growth in Michigan

New Study Finds 121 Solar Energy Companies and 120 Wind Power Companies Working in Michigan The Environmental Law and Policy Center’s new Michigan’s solar and wind energy supply chain study finds that 121 Michigan companies are engaged in the solar industry and 120 Michigan companies are part of the wind energy supply chain. The solar

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Chicago’s Next Mayor Will Support Green City Policies

Chicago’s Next Mayor Will Support Green City Policies Questionnaire Responses Show All Candidates Support “Green Growth Platform” of Leading Chicago Environmental Groups   Chicago  – All of Chicago’s mayoral candidates committed to improving Chicago’s environment through their responses to the Green Growth Platform issued by the City’s leading environmental and conservation groups.  The candidates’ responses

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