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Regional EPA Administrator Steps Down

January 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing Illinois and five other states has resigned. Her departure is a consequence of the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.
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Supreme Court Rules Against EPA on Pollution Regulations

June 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overreached with its regulation of oil- and gas-fired power plants. According to the ruling, a Clean Air Act amendment intended to check the emissions of mercury and other toxic materials didn’t take into account the financial cost of reducing those pollutants.
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Chicago Area Wastewater to Finally Be Disinfected

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

At a glance, the reversal of the Chicago River over a hundred years ago may seem like drastic behavior. But with so much sewage, offal and industrial waste pouring into the river and, ultimately, Lake Michigan, fears of fouling the city’s water supply were very real.

Because of this, our supply of drinking water is relatively safe today. Just don’t fall into the river. According to EPA estimates, upwards of 70% of the Chicago River is comprised of the sewage that we continue to pump in.
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IIT Takes First Prize in Water Saving Competition

June 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) recently took home first prize in the Campus RainWorks Challenge among small institutions. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the Challenge to increase awareness and to inspire the upcoming engineers, landscape architects and planners to focus on infrastructure that helps manage stormwater, improve water quality and prevent flooding caused by heavy rains on a college or university campus. The winning team consisted of a faculty advisor and 14 graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines including landscape architecture, environmental management, business and engineering.
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Clean Coal Project Makes Another Push for Chicago

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

For the second time this year, the Illinois General Assembly has approved legislation for a $3 billion energy facility. Chicago Clean Energy would be a gasification plant designed to produce substitute natural gas from coal and industrial byproducts. Chicago Clean Energy is an initiative of Leucadia National Corporation, the proponents of the first bill. The gas plant site at 115th and Burley Avenue on the city’s south side is a 140-acre brownfield, the former site of a coke manufacturing plant that went bankrupt in 2001.
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2011 Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

On April 19th 2011, Index Publishing held the fifth annual Building Green Chicago Conference and Expo at the Swissôtel Chicago. After the keynote address, the educational sections consisted of topics ranging from deconstruction, energy consumption and non-potable water sources.
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Chicago Among Top Five Greenest U.S. Cities

March 31, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Continuing a national appraisal begun last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked the top U.S. cities in terms of efficient buildings. Chicago moved to fifth overall, up one spot from the previous year. The ranking is based on number of building which garnered the EPA’s Energy Star rating, of which Chicago has 134.
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Waukegan Superfund Cleanup Begins

February 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Cleanup work made possible with $18.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds is now under way at the former site of Outboard Marine Corp. in Waukegan. OMC is one of 51 superfund sites across the nation to benefit from Recovery Act funding.
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