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Winning victories for clean energy.

This fall, the Illinois General Assembly passed "smart grid" legislation that includes major provisions for renewable energy and energy efficiency that Environment Illinois fought to have included in the bill. These key provisions will boost green jobs in the clean energy and energy efficiency industries, cut health-harming pollution from energy production, and save consumers money. Environment Illinois' Bruce Ratain and Max Muller lobbied on the successful team that brought the bill across the finish line.

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Why we need the Clean Water Rule | John Rumpler

Why do we need federal protection under the Clean Water Act if there are also state laws designed to protect our rivers and streams? The answer is that, all too often, state officials fail to enforce their own laws or side with politically-powerful polluters.

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Stop the dam assault on our rivers and wildlife | Russell Bassett

Rivers and streams are the arteries and veins of our land and communities, few things have impacted our rivers more than dams. The hydropower industry is right now making an unprecedented assault on our rivers and wildlife. If they’re successful, they’ll take the nation back more than half a century to the regrettable time when dams could destroy our rivers without consequence.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Senator Kirk Votes In Favor of the Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to block the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and the centerpiece of President Obama’s plan to tackle climate change. Illinois Senator Mark Kirk opposed the measure, instead siding with those who support action to reduce pollution and protect our children's future.

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News Release | Environment Illinois

Map: All Illinoisians live in counties affected by severe storms, flooding and other weather-related disasters

Chicago, Illinois – Every Illinoisian lives in a county that has recently suffered from a weather-related disaster, such as the historic flood of April 2013, according to a new interactive map created using data from the federal government. Scientists say global warming is already exacerbating some extreme weather events and their impacts.

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Time to ban the beads | Russell Bassett

We all want our teeth to be clean after brushing, and our bodies to be clean after showering, but did you know the products used in these everyday activities could be harming wildlife? Hundreds of commonly-used household products contain tiny plastic microbeads, which can be a big problem for our environment. 

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