Illinois sportfish recovery a result of 1972 Clean Water Act, scientists report

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new report. Their dramatic recovery, from populations close to zero near Chicago throughout much of the 20th century, began …

After Dynegy negotiates new pollution standard with Illinois EPA, advocates fear cleaner coal plants could close

Read the full story at Midwest Energy News. Documents and emails obtained by environmental groups show that Dynegy representatives were in close contact with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials as the agency drafted changes to Dynegy’s responsibilities under a pollution reduction agreement. Dynegy made significant specific edits to the text of the proposed new rules, …

IDNR issues first fracking permit in Illinois

Read the full story in the Southern Illinoisan. In a historic move, regulators from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Department of Oil and Gas Resource Management on Thursday approved the state’s first fracking permit. Approval of the permit, issued to Wichita, Kansas based Woolsey Operating Company, comes more than four years after former state …

Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP)

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average building wastes about a third of the energy it purchases. The Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) self-install program allows public facilities to start saving money and energy right away without any upfront investment, while simultaneously learning about next steps in becoming more energy efficient. Qualified Illinois public facilities …

New data summary report: Spotlight on Illinois’ Manufacturing Sector

In 2015, the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) began a project to analyze data from U.S. EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Greenhouse Gas Emissions database, and the Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns database to determine the impact of manufacturing on the economy and environment of the six states in U.S. EPA Region 5. …

25 Companies, Organizations Honored for Sustainability Achievements in Illinois

Read the full story from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center. Abbott Laboratories won an Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award for the 15th time on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at a ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago. They were among 25 companies and organizations to be honored for their commitment to sustainable business and operations during …

Illinois: New Law Encourages Schools to Donate Food

Read the full story from SCARCE. For the past year SCARCE Director Kay McKeen worked with Jennifer Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council to get a state-level bill written and signed into law that would prohibit any language in school food-service contracts that prevented donation of leftover food items. The Food Donation for Schools and …