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Tell Representative Gary Carlson to Stand Up for Clean Air and Public Health

This spring, Rep Carlson led the charge to pass bill SF2311 which gutted Iowa’s energy efficiency programs. Less energy efficiency means burning more coal, more pollution and higher utility bills! Muscatine County already has a long history of polluted air … Continue reading

Trump’s Bad Pick for U.S. EPA Administrator: Help ELPC Action Fund Fight Back

A note from ELPC Action Fund Executive Director Howard Learner: President-elect Trump announced that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The ELPC Action Fund is concerned that, if … Continue reading

WI State Journal: ELPC Concerned Over Use of Energy Efficiency Money On Broadband Coupons

More Broadband Money is on the Way for Rural Wisconsin December 2, 2016 By Judy Newman Efforts to bring high-speed internet to rural Wisconsin residents and businesses got a double-boost on Thursday, with up to $61.5 million in additional funds … Continue reading

Energy Wire: Howard Lauds Renewable Energy Victories In Illinois Legislation

Exelon Nuclear Plants Get Bailout in Sweeping Energy Bill December 2, 2016 By Jeffrey Tomich Years of sagging energy prices and eroding electricity demand pushed two Illinois nuclear plants to the brink of closure. A procedural assist in the final … Continue reading

Midwest Energy News: ELPC’s Rob Kelter says New Ohio Energy Bill Could Threaten Jobs

Critics: Jobs Will Be in Jeopardy if Ohio Energy Bill Becomes Law December 2, 2016 By Kathiann M. Kowalski On the same day that a new study reported that more than 300 companies in Ohio are part of the supply … Continue reading

Chicago Tribune: ELPC’s Susan Mudd warns of air pollution dangers to Little Village residents from nearby planned factory expansions

Expansion of Little Village Mayonnaise Factory Raises Pollution Fears November 28, 2016 By Mary Wisniewski The news of a factory expansion on the city’s West Side is generally a cause for rejoicing — more manufacturing means more jobs in an … Continue reading

The Rock River Times: ELPC’s Dexter Urges EPA to Uphold Clean Water Act

Illinois, Other Miss. River States Failing to Address Pollution Worries: Report November 23, 2016 The Mississippi River Collaborative (MRC) today released a report that implores the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take specific actions to clean up nitrogen and … Continue reading

Greenwire: ELPC’s Dexter Says EPA’s Coal Ash Pond Hazard Disclosures Good But Don’t Go Far Enough

Coal Ash: Utility Filings Reveal Dump Conditions, EPA Compliance Plans November 23, 2016 By Sean Reilly When Dynegy Inc. released information about a coal ash storage pond at its Joppa, Ill., power plant, the resulting picture was unsettling: The pond … Continue reading

Scientific American: ELPC’s Learner Weighs in on Coal and Energy Legislation in Illinois

Will the Rust Belt Stick with Coal Under Trump? November 22, 2016 By Ben Storrow Coal remains king in the Rust Belt. But whether the carbon-laden fuel retains its throne depends on state lawmakers in a handful of Midwestern capitals. … Continue reading

Des Moines Register: ELPC’s Mandelbaum Says Real-Time Measurements of Water Quality is Vital

Can Iowa Improve its Water Quality if it Can’t Agree How to Measure Success? November 19, 2016 By Donnelle Eller and MacKenzie Elmer As Iowa lawmakers prepare to battle again over investing hundreds of millions of dollars to improve water quality, a … Continue reading