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Stopping BP's toxic dumping scheme.

In 2007, BP announced plans to increase its dumping of toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan by hundreds of pounds a day. But through our advocacy and organizing, we gathered 80,000 petition signatures and forced BP to back down under what the Chicago Tribune called "firestorm" of criticism. Environment Illinois has since helped win numerous victories for Lake Michigan, including cleaning up mercury and other industrial toxins.

News Release | Environment Illinois

Report: wind energy, tax credits needed to combat global warming

The carbon pollution from 16 coal plants could be eliminated in Illinois if wind power continues its recent growth trajectory, according to a new analysis by Environment Illinois. The analysis comes just as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development.

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Report | Environment Illinois Research & Education Center

More Wind, Less Warming

American wind power already produced enough energy in 2013 to power 15 million homes. Continued, rapid development of wind energy would allow the renewable resource to supply 30 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, providing more than enough carbon reductions to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Clean water groups highlight progress for Apple River, call for more success stories

On the heels of the 42nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a new report tells the story of how the bedrock environmental law has helped to restore and protect the Apple River, where citizens banded together to protect the river and Apple River Canyon State Park from efforts to construct two factory farms within the river’s watershed.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

New report: Illinois coal plants 7th in country

As international leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Summit next week in New York, a new study shows Illinois’ coal-fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire country of Israel. 

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Congress to block protections 56% of Illinois streams

56% of streams across the state could remain vulnerable to development and pollution, under a bill expected to win approval today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The waters affected flow into Lake Michigan and provide drinking water for millions of Illinoisans.

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