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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

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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News Release | Environment Illinois

Illinois River and other waterways key to summer fun

More than 32 million people each year visit waterways like Lake Michigan and the Illinois River, according to a new Summer Fun Index by Environment Illinois. The new fact sheet comes as summer draws to close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore protections for more than half of the state’s rivers and streams.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

New Report: Solar Capacity in Illinois Grew 4% in 2013

Today, Environment Illinois Research & Policy Center released a new reoirt, Lighting the Way: The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013, showing strong solar growth across the nation — including a 4% increase in Illinois in 2013. 

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Report | Environment Illinois

Lighting the Way

America’s solar energy revolution has been led by 10 states that have the greatest amount of solar energy capacity installed per capita. These 10 states have opened the door for solar energy and are reaping the rewards as a result. Environment Illinois's new report reveals these states and the policies and programs that have led to their solar success.

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