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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Jul 1, 2014

Lake County Environmental Coalition Sends Petitions To NRG Energy Over Future Of Waukegan Coal Plant (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Lake County residents and environmentalists are asking the new owner of Waukegan’s aging coal-fired power plant to produce a long-term transition plan for the facility in collaboration with local community stakeholders.

Toting signs reading "Clean air wins" and "It's time for a clean and healthy lakefront," about 25 members of the Clean Power Lake County Campaign mailed more than 2,500 petition postcards on Tuesday to New Jersey-based NRG Energy Inc. The petition calls on the company to set a retirement date for the 90 year-old Waukegan plant, located on the city's lakefront, and make investments in clean energy projects that will hire local workers. A transition plan for the outdated plant should also consider the city of Waukegan's tax base as well as those currently employed at the site, the petition states. 

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Sep 20, 2013

Report: Illinois Ranks No. 7 For Dirtiest Power Plants; Plan For Pilsen Coal Plant Sites Still Unknown

A new report ranks Illinois as the seventh dirtiest state when it comes to carbon pollution from its power plants.

The state's power plants are the single biggest source of carbon pollution in Illinois, producing 41 percent of statewide emissions, according to the study issued Wednesday by the Environment Illinois Research and Education Center.

Each year, Illinois' power plants spew as much carbon pollution as 19.6 million cars.

“America's dirtiest power plants are the elephant in the room when it comes to global warming," Environment Illinois Campaign Director Lisa Nikodem said in a statement. "If we want a cleaner, safer future for our kids, we can't afford to ignore power plants' overwhelming contribution to global warming. For Illinois, tackling the problem means cleaning up the dirtiest power plants.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Jun 6, 2013

Pilsen Residents Continue Push For A Say In What's Next For Polluted Factory Sites

Environmental activists are pushing to stay involved during the remediation and redevelopment of polluted sites on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

Although members of the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) called it a victory to have the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commit to cleanup efforts in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, the group continues to campaign for community engagement in the area’s revitalization.

The grassroots organization provided project updates and discussed environmentally-friendly initiatives and redevelopment ideas at a public meeting Wednesday.  

“We’ve had several really great successes in the last couple years, Fisk closed down, H. Kramer was forced to clean up their pollution, these kind of things don’t happen without community pressure,” said Jerry Mead-Lucero, organizer for PERRO. “Change requires community pressure, and that’s why it’s so important we keep informing the residents and keep the community involved so we can make good things happen.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Mar 20, 2013

EPA Makes Commitment To Clean Up Pollution In Pilsen, Little Village (VIDEO)

There are considerable problems with air and land pollution in Chicago’s Southwest neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village and, at a meeting with community residents last night, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committed to ongoing cleanup efforts.

Approximately 50 residents at Walsh Elementary School listened Tuesday night as the EPA presented the community with four plans for pollution reduction in their neighborhood.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Sep 26, 2012

Buyer, Clean-Up Plans Still Unknown For Chicago Coal Plant Sites

A mayoral task force released a report Saturday with broad guidelines for how to redevelop the site of two Chicago coal-fired power plants on the Southwest Side that shut down in August. A main recommendation was that the sites be used to create local jobs in non-polluting industries.

Community advocates who live in the Pilsen neighborhood, the site of the closed Fisk plant, and Little Village, home of the shuttered Crawford plant, credit Mayor Rahm Emanuel not just for working with Midwest Generation company to shut down the plants, but also for using a task force to spark community dialogue.

“Usually task forces are where something goes to be forgotten,” says Nelson Soza, executive director of Pilsen Alliance and a member of the task force. “But this task force raised the profile of these sites.”

However, the panel did not weigh in on a central concern of community residents: who will take on remediation, i.e. the process of cleaning up the industrial site. The report reads that, “The issue of remediation was discussed by the Task Force, but the Task Force was unable to reach consensus on a recommendation for further action.”