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USGS Identifies Chicago and Illinois as Top Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ Pollution Sources

For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has identified the top 150 polluting watersheds in the Mississippi River Basin that cause the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are the main causes of the dead zone, an 8,000 square mile area in the Gulf where low oxygen levels are

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Better, Cheaper and Cleaner Alternatives to Proposed Route 53 Tollroad Expansion in Lake County

Lake County residents will soon consider an advisory referendum for the proposed expansion of the Route 53 tollroad into Lake County. This massive 25-mile tollroad expansion faces the same fundamental problems that have stopped it for years: billions of dollars in construction costs, the limited effectiveness of a massive new north-south tollroad for alleviating west-east

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Recovery Act Invests $9.3 Billion to Expand High-Speed Rail

The final version of the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act now before Congress includes an unprecedented $8 billion investment in high-speed rail.  In addition, Amtrak will receive $1.3 billion to rebuild trains and improve its capacity. “We commend President Obama and Congress for helping to get America moving again with modern trains,” said Howard Learner,

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Iowa Governor Signs Energy Efficiency Bill

Governor Chet Culver signed a bill designed to boost the state’s energy efficiency in a number of ways. Highlights of the bill include a new energy efficiency commission that will develop stricter standards for building construction, and a requirement that the state’s electric utilities develop efficiency goals and formally report on progress toward achieving them.

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