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ELPC Commends Obama Administration Funding of Strategic Corridor High-Speed Rail Projects

ELPC Commends Obama Administration Funding of Strategic Corridor High-Speed Rail Projects CHICAGO, October 25, 2010 — The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) today commended the Federal Railroad Administration for doubling down its strategic funding of regional high-speed projects, concentrating funding on Florida, California and the Midwest. Based on Congressional announcements today, the largest recipients will

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Setting Green Priorities for Chicago’s Next Mayor

As Chicago’s Mayoral candidates lay out their views on the many challenges facing the City, Chicagoans have started weighing in with their priorities of which environmental issues are most pressing.  Through to a new online survey from the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), Chicagoans are now picking the three environmental issues they want Chicago’s

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Report Finds Chicago Coal Plants Caused Up To $1 Billion in Health Damages Since 2002

Environmental Law & Policy Center Examines High Public Costs of Pollution from Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants Chicago – Pollution from Chicago’s two coal plants has created up to $1 billion in health and related damages in the last 8 years, according to a report released today by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC).

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ELPC Calls On Congress For Green Light on Renewable Energy

On September 21, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced new stand-alone Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) legislation, requiring electric utilities to purchase a growing percentage of their supply from wind power and other resources. The minimum requirements begin at 3% in 2012 and ramp up to 15% by 2021. The Environmental Law & Policy Center commends

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ELPC Opens New State-of-the-Art Green Office in Landmark Building

ELPC inaugurated a new green office today in the “Old Jewelers Building,” a historic landmark in downtown Chicago. The office is designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest standard in green building. Creating a cutting edge sustainable office in a historic building was a uniquely challenging project. The result is a model for green

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Romeoville, IL Oil Spill is Second Enbridge Pipeline Spill in 3 months

ROMEOVILLE, IL — Oil has spilled into streets and sewers in Romeoville, IL from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership. Crews have been working around the clock to contain the spill. US EPA is reporting that oil from the pipeline has flowed through sewers into a retention pond near Route 53. Another spill

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Environmental Law & Policy Center Commends Obama’s Transformative Commitment to High-Speed Rail

CHICAGO, September 8, 2010 — The Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) today commended President Obama’s breakthrough commitment to high-speed rail development as part of $50 billion in proposed infrastructure improvements. If approved by Congress, the Obama proposal will transform passenger rail in the U.S. much like President Eisenhower fundamentally altered the American landscape through

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EPA Takes Action on Toxic Chemical Detergents

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced August 18th that it will begin creating clean water protections from nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), a highly toxic, gender-bending chemical widely used in industrial laundry detergents.  Exposure to low levels of NPE has been shown to create “intersex” fish, male fish that produce female egg proteins. Cases of such

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Report: Midwest High-speed Rail Network Could Create $6.1 Billion in New Business and 42,000 New Jobs in Chicago

A study released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors outlines the economic impact of high-speed rail development on metropolitan areas across the US. The report examined job creation, the effects of improved market access, greater connectivity, travel time savings, as well as increased income and business sales and finds that Chicago stands to gain up

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Senate Votes to Uphold Clean Air Act, Defeats Murkowski Resolution

The U.S. Senate voted on June 10 on Senator Lisa Murkowski’s Resolution of Disapproval that would have stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate global warming pollution. The resolution was defeated by a vote of 47 to 53. “The Senate’s defeat of the Murkowski Resolution helps protect our environment, public health and the integrity

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