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Stopping BP's toxic dumping scheme.

In 2007, BP announced plans to increase its dumping of toxic chemicals into Lake Michigan by hundreds of pounds a day. But through our advocacy and organizing, we gathered 80,000 petition signatures and forced BP to back down under what the Chicago Tribune called "firestorm" of criticism. Environment Illinois has since helped win numerous victories for Lake Michigan, including cleaning up mercury and other industrial toxins.

Report | Environment Illinois Research and Policy Center

Rough Waters Ahead

The Trump administration has proposed deep and devastating cuts to the EPA’s budget. Even if the president’s proposed cuts are scaled back by Congress, they would still have profound negative impacts on the agency’s ability to deter pollution from industrial facilities, agriculture, sewage treatment plants, runoff and other sources, while undercutting efforts to restore iconic waterbodies such as the Great Lakes.

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Get the Lead Out

Over the past two years, the tragedy of Flint, Michigan has stunned the nation. We watched the drinking water of an entire city become contaminated with lead. And now we know this toxic threat extends well beyond Flint to communities across the country. In fact, test results now show that lead is even contaminating drinking water in schools and pre-schools — flowing from thousands of fountains and faucets where our kids drink water every day.

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The 2017 solar eclipse should remind us of solar energy’s progress and near limitless potential | Ross Sherman

For those of us on the Environment America clean energy team, the solar eclipse is a powerful reminder of the progress solar energy has made, and how much further we need to go. When the last solar eclipse occurred 38 years ago, solar panels were niche products, and electricity generated from the sun made up a negligible piece of our electrical grid.

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Over last decade, American solar energy generation increased 43-fold | Ross Sherman

Ten short years ago, solar panels were mere novelties. Today, they’re a dominant force in America’s energy landscape, and poised for even more growth in the years ahead. Coupled with huge advances in wind energy, battery storage, electric vehicles and energy efficiency, it’s getting clearer than ever that moving to a future powered entirely by clean, renewable energy is as feasible at it is necessary.

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News Release | Environment Illinois Research and Policy Center

Report: Ten Years of Progress Positions Illinois to Take Renewable Energy to the Next Level

Since 2007, Illinois has seen a 2407% increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun and a 1599% increase in wind power production according to a new report released today by Environment Illinois Research and Policy Center. Illinois ranked fourth in the nation for improvements in electricity energy efficiency programs and second in increases to energy storage capacity, critical elements to catalyze the clean energy revolution in Illinois.

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