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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional director of environmental justice met with community members at Mount Zion Baptist Church last night, after touring pollution sites through out Peoria.


  EAST CHICAGO, Ind. - The Environmental Protection Agency has discovered more lead contamination in northwest Indiana.

Soil samples collected since October have revealed more than two dozen contaminated yards in Hammond and Whiting. Tests found 25 yards with soil lead levels exceeding the federal cleanup standard of 400 parts per million.


The EPA has set aside $1.7 million in taxpayer funds to remove contaminated soil around 20 homes. The agency is waiting for results from additional tests conducted last month.

Chicago's O'Hare International Airport will receive a $640,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to buy zero emissions ground support equipment.

A former Wisconsin state regulator has been named chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regional office in Chicago.

City Council Approves 2018 Budget, Increases Fees

Dec 6, 2017
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The City of Peoria has a budget for next year, but the vote was not unanimous.


A group of East Chicago residents seeking a role in negotiations over plans to cleanup lead and arsenic in their neighborhood will get their day in court.

Council Looks at Costs of Combined Sewer Overflow

Nov 29, 2017
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The topic of addressing the city's combined sewage overflow problems returned to City Council discussions Tues. 

City management is hoping negotiations with the US Environmental Protection Agency conclude soon, so the city can resolve the CSO.

Regardless of the solution, the cost is expected to be about $200 million.

The city also has a backlog of about $50 million in other stormwater projects.

To cover the overall cost, City Manager Patrick Urich says Peoria will likely issue bonds, to be repaid from two sources.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is collecting data on recyclables in each county. 

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump's administration says it's time for state and local governments to pay for cleanups of iconic but polluted waterways such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.

Illinois Republican Congressman Peter Roskam has told the White House he opposes a Trump administration proposal to eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  Roskam has sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing the administration's proposed elimination of the initiative, calling proposed cuts completely unacceptable. Trump in March proposed cutting funding to the EPA by 30%.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A pilot project has kept over 600,000 gallons of rainwater out of Peoria's sewer system.

Heated Discussion at LaHood Town Hall Meeting

Apr 20, 2017
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About 750 people attended 18th District Republican Congressman Darin LaHood’s town hall meeting at Five Points Washington. LaHood greeted everyone at the door and took at least 35 questions from a heated room. ACA Reform, the release of President Trump’s taxes and climate change were some of the most heated and repeated topics of the town hall meeting. LaHood also stayed calm and steady though a sometime bombastic crowd response. He says it was a productive dialogue.


The Environmental Protection Agency says water sampling in Lake Michigan and a tributary shows no significant discharge of a potentially carcinogenic chemical from a U.S. Steel Corp. wastewater spill in northern Indiana.

Ten years ago, Cindy Bonnet found out she was getting new neighbors in Nora, Illinois: 10,000 cows. It’s what’s known in the industry as a “concentrated animal feeding operation,” or CAFO: basically a big cow warehouse, with a giant trough under it to catch their waste.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Work has started to remove asbestos from the long-abandoned former Pillsbury Mills plant in Springfield.

Water Quality on Tap At Monthly Environmental Chat

Feb 17, 2017
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"What’s in Your Water," was the topic of The Greater Peoria Environmental Science Society’s monthly meeting yesterday


Hundreds of current and former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are speaking out against President Donald Trump's pick to head the department.  About 300 people, including scores of EPA employees, rallied across the street from the agency's regional headquarters in downtown Chicago to oppose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination.

Illinois will get $2.2 million in a multi-state agreement with Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. settling an investigation into fuel economy ratings.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the state's share today.

Governor Bruce Rauner says concerns raised by the problems in Flint, Michigan about lead in drinking water are very much on his radar.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recommended that the city of Galesburg offer residents bottled water or filters after tap water there tested for high levels of lead.  

Illinois is one of 33 states not tracking the use of a toxic firefighting foam that has prompted the military to check U.S. bases for potential groundwater contamination caused by chemicals.

Federal regulators are recommending that the city of Galesburg provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.

Peabody Energy has three coal mines in far southern Illinois, all of which are still producing coal.

When those mines eventually shut down, the company is required by state and federal laws to pay for the clean-up and reclamation of the land. St. Louis-based Peabody has guaranteed the state of Illinois it has the estimated $92 million to cover that work.

But as the company considers bankruptcy, some question whether the St. Louis-based company’s promise is worth much.

Federal officials are warning the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency of environmental consequences after the state announced it will temporarily allow license plate renewals without emissions tests.


A federal report says air quality testing found soot concentrations were higher on the platforms at Chicago's Union Station than on the streets outside the commuter station.

Illinois joins 17 states supporting new domestic power plant limits being challenged in federal court by more than two dozen other states.  California, New York and Virginia are among the other states siding with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the cities of Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

The Peoria City Council approved sharing $200,000 in costs with the Greater Peoria Sanitary District to collect water flow data in parts of the city’s sewer system.  Officials say the data would help as the city negotiates combined-sewer-overflow repairs with the EPA.  City Councilman Jim Montelongo was the only no vote. He says money spent preparing for a federal mandate could have gone elsewhere:

Peoria council talks road funding, priorities

Jun 17, 2015

The Peoria City Council talked road funding as a special policy meeting last night.  It would cost $11 million a year for five years to bring roads up to recommended standards.  Increasing the city’s gas tax and creating a storm water utility fee could to free up money to pay for road repairs.  Councilman Chuck Grayeb says the city needs to find out the price-tag of mandated sewer upgrades before asking residents for more money:

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is pitching a $10 million plan to pump tar-like liquids from the groundwater near the Waukegan Port District's lakefront property.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a Pekin, Illinois company will pay a $300,000 fine for selling unapproved refrigerants and will stop marketing the product.