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  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 21, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Iroquois County swine facility settles allegations by the Illinois Attorney General's Office that the facility illegally discharged livestock waste in Spring Creek, killing more than 110,000 fish across more than 19 miles of the creek and a tributary. The consent order calls for $17,500 in civ...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 7, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency held two public hearings regarding a water discharge permit for the proposed North Canton Mine near the city of Canton in Fulton County. http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2011/12/05/hearings-controversial-canton-coal-mine-held-today-input-dea...
  • Federal Appeals Court Denies Additional Immediate Relief Requested by States in Asian Carp Case

    Posted by on August 26, 2011
    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently issued an opinion in the federal Asian carp case, Michigan v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Case No. 10-3891. The Court affirmed District Court Judge Robert Dow’s judgment that the plaintiffs (several states bordering the Great Lakes and others) were not entitled to a preliminary injunction—i.e., immediate relief...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on August 1, 2011
    Here's an update of recent stories in the news involving Illinois environmental issues: President Obama announces agreement pledging to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-us-obama-fueleconomy,0,2498668.story (more…)...
  • Asian Carp Bill Offered In the U.S. House of Representatives

    Posted by on February 17, 2011
    Today, Representative Dave Camp (R-Michigan) offered an amendment to the House budget bill that would have closed locks to prevent infiltration of the Asian carp into the Great Lakes. Four representatives from Illinois, including Judy Biggert, a Republican, and Danny Davis, a Democrat, all spoke to oppose the amendment.  The basic arguments against the amendment were three-fold: (1)...
  • Gov. Quinn Signs Order Establishing Illinois Coastal Management Program

    Posted by on January 5, 2011
    Governor Pat Quinn recently signed an Executive Order establishing the Illinois Coastal Management Program within the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  According to a DNR press release, "through the federally-funded program, Illinois will receive $2 million annually from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve the northeast Illinois economy and cr...
  • Federal Court Denies Motion to Immediately Close Locks to Prevent Infiltration of Asian Carp

    Posted by on December 11, 2010
    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently denied a motion for preliminary injunction in Michigan v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Case No. 10-cv-04457, which is a case brought by five States to prevent the infiltration of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.  The plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction included a request to "temporarily clos[e] and ceas[e] op...

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