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Region 5 Redux: Midwest Water Enforcement under Trump Continued to Decline in 2020

In last year’s report, ELPC found that EPA enforcement was declining in the Midwest from 2012-2019, even as significant noncompliance with the Clean Water Act was on the rise. It turns out 2020 was even worse.


Jeffrey Hammons


Violator One Year Later – Ohio’s Reserve Environmental

Reserve Environmental Services, is an Ohio facility has a history of violating the Clean Water Act without facing consequences. This year's data shows that pattern has not changed.


Jeffrey Hammons


Toxic One-Year Anniversary for ArcelorMittal

In August 2019, the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Burns Harbor, Indiana suffered a failure at its blast furnace. The facility discharged cyanide and ammonia in excess of its Clean Water Act’s permit limits, which led to the death of an estimated 3,000 fish and closure of beaches along the southern coast of Lake Michigan, including the closure of beaches at the Indiana Dunes National Park.


Jeffrey Hammons


When it Comes to Solar, It’s the Tale of Two FERCs

Last Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) made two important, but vastly different rulings on the future of renewable energy. One of those decisions could be a matter of life or death for solar, wind and other renewable energy jobs across the nation.


Jeffrey Hammons