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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri May 25, 2012

Health Advocates Push For Carbon Emission Standards At Coal Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing Thursday regarding the first of its kind limits on carbon dioxide emissions for new power plants.

News of the EPA’s proposed standards for power-plant emissions comes shortly after Midwest Generation announced Chicago’s two infamous coal-fired power plants, Frisk and Crawford, will shut down. Progress Illinois reported last month about Chicago’s power-plant saga.

Double lung-transplant recipient Dan Dolan-Laughlin, 65, is one of many people who planned to speak at the hearing to urge the EPA to follow through with its carbon-regulation proposal.

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by Aaron Krager
Mon Oct 3, 2011

Study Finds ‘Dangerous’ Levels Of Smog In Chicago & St. Louis Areas

A new study from Environment Illinois reveals Chicago and St. Louis areas as smog ridden cities in need of greater protection for its residents. St. Louis’ metropolitan area ranked seventh on the list with Chicago in better, but not great, shape.

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by Micah Maidenberg
Fri Apr 1, 2011

Tribune Investigation Finds Alarming Lead Pollution Levels Near Chicago School

The Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne continues his investigation into pollution on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Citing Environmental Protection Agency data, he finds that lead pollution near Perez Elementary in Pilsen, a school that serves some 500 children, was consistently higher last year than federal rules allow. It is a worrisome finding, given the impact lead has on childhood development.

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by Micah Maidenberg
Fri Nov 12, 2010

Progress On Animal Pollution In Rural Illinois

Pollution control advocates see progress in a series of commitments the State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) recently made to its federal counterpart (U.S. EPA) about better regulating massive farms known as “consolidated animal feedlot operations” and the pollution they generate.

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by Micah Maidenberg
Mon Aug 30, 2010

Groups Push EPA On Coal Ash Pollution Downstate

Coal ash sludge polluted 300 acres in Eastern Tennessee two years ago. Now, environmental groups are calling on the EPA to recognize additional sites where coal ash has polluted the water, including three in downstate Illinois.