Environment http://peoriapublicradio.org en Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/labor-environmental-groups-talk-clean-energy-peoria <div>Area labor and environmental groups both see the need to grow sustainable energy markets in Illinois. &nbsp;The question seems to be the best way to make the transition. &nbsp;Both groups met in Peoria Wednesday during a meeting hosted by State Senator Dave Koehler and Representative Jehan Gordon. &nbsp;Koehler says it’s positive to have both groups talk about ways to keep or grow new jobs during the transition to wind, solar and other forms of clean energy:</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:45:12 +0000 Alex Rusciano 21892 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Labor, environmental groups talk clean energy in Peoria State groups asking for tougher coal power company regulations http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-groups-asking-tougher-coal-power-company-regulations <div>There are 90 aging coal ash pits in Illinois — piles of slag left behind when coal is burned for energy, most often electricity. Environmental groups are asking for tougher state regulations on coal-burning power companies now that coal ash residue is starting to show up in the water supply.</div><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:12:39 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19599 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State groups asking for tougher coal power company regulations State board denies emergency petcoke rules http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-board-denies-emergency-petcoke-rules <div>A major setback to the state of Illinois over the handling and storage of petroleum coke, or petcoke. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:07:05 +0000 Michael Puente 17946 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State board denies emergency petcoke rules First meeting held on ‘fracking’ in Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/first-meeting-held-fracking-illinois <p>Illinois is holding its first public meeting on potential new "fracking" regulations. &nbsp;Anyone interested is invited to comment at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:12:45 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 15504 at http://peoriapublicradio.org First meeting held on ‘fracking’ in Illinois Western Illinois bats used in Whitenose Syndrome research http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/western-illinois-bats-used-whitenose-syndrome-research <p>Whitenose Syndrome has devastated bat populations across the U.S. &nbsp;Now a researcher is hoping to answer some lingering questions about the disease by looking at bats in western Illinois. &nbsp;IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Scott Stuntz 15006 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Western Illinois bats used in Whitenose Syndrome research Environmental groups weigh-in on Bartonville coal plant pollution http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/environmental-groups-weigh-bartonville-coal-plant-pollution <p></p><p>The State Pollution Control Board should reject a request to extend the timeline for pollution controls at a Bartonville coal plant.&nbsp; That’s the message from local and state environmental groups for the Edwards coal-plant in Bartonville.&nbsp; Houston-based power producer Dynegy is buying five Illinois coal plants from Ameren, including the Edwards facility.&nbsp; Kady McFadden is with the Sierra Club. &nbsp;She says the federal EPA designated the air quality around the plant below healthy levels:</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:25:31 +0000 Alex Rusciano 14137 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Environmental groups weigh-in on Bartonville coal plant pollution Court: EPA must better regulate ash coal plant pollution http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/court-epa-must-better-regulate-ash-coal-plant-pollution <p></p><div>A federal court has ordered the US EPA to more strictly regulate a form of pollution from coal fired power plants. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s a move environmental groups say is a long time in coming, as IPR&rsquo;s Scott Stuntz reports:</div><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:40:02 +0000 Scott Stuntz 13062 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Court: EPA must better regulate ash coal plant pollution IL fracking registration begins for companies http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-fracking-registration-begins-companies <p></p><div>It&#39;ll likely be next year before oil and gas companies looking to &quot;frack&quot; in Illinois can begin. But the registration process is underway.</div><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:56:28 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12893 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL fracking registration begins for companies National report says Bartonville coal plant causes pollution http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/national-report-says-bartonville-coal-plant-causes-pollution <p></p><p>Area environmental groups say a national report draws attention to Ameren Energy Resources’ coal plant in Bartonville. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:39:54 +0000 Orko Manna 9486 at http://peoriapublicradio.org National report says Bartonville coal plant causes pollution Making household hazardous waste events easier http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/making-household-hazardous-waste-events-easier <p></p><div>There's a push in Springfield to create a fund that would make it easier for communities to hold household hazardous waste events, similar to the hugely-successful one in Bloomington-Normal last fall. Walter Willis of Hampshire heads up the Illinois Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. He says his group has lobbied for the Paint Stewardship Law, which would develop a revenue stream through the sale of paint products that could fund community-wide events.</div><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:11:53 +0000 Alex Rusciano 6865 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Making household hazardous waste events easier