Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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A small but vocal group of local residents came out Tuesday to offer their input to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on new coal ash regulations.

     

CHICAGO - Illinois will use a $108 million settlement with Volkswagen over the company's cheating on emissions tests to improve air quality, mostly by replacing old diesel engines with more environmentally friendly options.

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

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking to overhaul regulations on the last of the state's coal-fired power plants.

The federal government is reimbursing Illinois more than $4 million for a new water treatment facility at a Quincy veterans home that was the site of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak.  The Quincy facility houses about 400 residents. The water treatment facility construction is to be finished this month.

An Illinois agency will soon collect used tires from abandoned properties and rural roads in an effort to reduce the risk of illnesses carried by some mosquitoes.
 
The  state Environmental Protection Agency will focus its efforts on the southernmost parts of the state, which are most vulnerable to mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile and Zika.
 
State EPA spokeswoman Kim Biggs says one tire can produce more than 10,000 adult mosquitoes in a breeding season.
 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois motorists will stop receiving mailed notifications about vehicle emissions testing, starting with vehicle owners whose license plates expire at the end of March. 

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Secretary of State's office announced the temporary policy changes regarding vehicle emission test notification and vehicle renewal procedures on Tuesday.

Blue-green algae could show up in IL

Sep 30, 2015
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Visitors to the Ohio River in southern Illinois are being cautioned about potential toxins from blue-green algae. The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued the warning Tuesday. The agencies are working with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission following reports of an algal bloom in the river. A bloom hasn't yet been confirmed near Illinois, but conditions could lead to one. Toxins from the algae can cause rashes, vomiting and coughing.

WVIK

Moline is undergoing the largest public works project in the western Illinois city's history. The city is amid a $44 million upgrade and expansion to its North Slope Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant treats about 2 billion gallons of water annually. Moline's Water Pollution Control Department operates the plant. City officials say the plant has only had minor improvements since it was built in 1966.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed the wife of a top aide to a $121,000 post at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Bloomberg.com

The coal-fired power plant near Bartonville is working with the state EPA to to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions according to parent company officials. 

Governor Pat Quinn is ordering the state Environmental Protection Agency to block the disposal of toxic PCB waste at the Clinton Landfill in DeWitt County

EPA talks clean-up at zinc facility in Danville

Jul 24, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on the cleanup of one of the most hazardous sites in the U.S.

Area environmental groups say a national report draws attention to Ameren Energy Resources’ coal plant in Bartonville.