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Illinois Environmental News Update

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

U.S. EPA proposes for the first time to control air pollution at oil and gas wells, particularly those drilled using hydraulic fracturing.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-ap-us-gas-drilling-air-pollution,0,7974088.story

Ordinance introduced in Chicago city council would force two coal-fired power plants–Fisk plant in Pilsen and Crawford plant in Little Village–to convert to natural gas, cut operating hours or shut down within four years.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-emanuel-aldermen-send-message-to-chicago-coalfired-power-plants-20110728,0,1464067.story

U.S. EPA delays finalizing smog regulations for a fourth time.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-rt-us-usa-smog-delaytre76p5vl-20110726,0,809483.story

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Recent Chicago-area sewage overflows have prompted an investigation by U.S. EPA.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-flood-water-management-20110728,0,6418041.story

Spurred by infrastructure investments, the Nissan Leaf comes to Illinois.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0720-nissan-leaf-20110720,0,6064876.story

Federal government announces intensive monitoring of waterways near Lake Michigan after Asian carp DNA showed up in a third consecutive round of testing.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-us-asiancarp-greatla,0,6421606.story

Sustain Our Great Lakes provides grants to three Illinois groups–$150,000 to the Alliance for the Great Lakes, around $56,000 to the Field Museum of Natural History and $500,000 to Friends of the Forest Preserves.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/sns-ap-il–environmentalrestoration-grants,0,4227132.story

More than a dozen communities and entities will receive $5 million in Green Infrastructure Grants to reduce the amount of pollution running into the state’s waterways.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/sns-ap-il–epagrants-illinois,0,1403153.story

Stay tuned to the Illinois Environmental Law Blog for more news and developments.  To set up a free initial consultation to discuss your legal matter, please contact Chicago environmental attorney Dave Scriven-Young at (312) 239-9722 or dscriven-young@pecklaw.com.





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