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States Investigate Exxon, Launch Corporate Climate Fraud Crackdown

Massachusetts will investigate whether ExxonMobil lied to the public and investors about climate change risks to its business, joining New York and California in investigating the oil giant. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the probe yesterday, at a press conference with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, former vice … Read more »

Pure Technologies to Acquire Wachs Water Services

Pure Technologies has entered into an agreement to acquire the business of Wachs Valve and Hydrant Services, a privately held company operating as Wachs Water Services. Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Wachs Water provides flow control maintenance and support, leak detection, and related asset management services to the water sector … Read more »

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

Illinois for the second year in a row has the most LEED-certified green buildings per capita — 174 representing 3.31 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident — according to the US Green Building Council’s annual Top 10 States for LEED list. Colorado, Maryland, Virginia and Massachusetts round out the … Read more »

Illinois CCS

DOE Project Captures, Stores 1 Million Metric Tons of Carbon

The Department of Energy’s Illinois Basin-Decatur Project has captured and stored 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and injected it into a deep saline formation. The project is part of the development phase of the DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships initiative, which is helping develop and deploy carbon capture … Read more »

Water Use Hits Lowest Level Since Before 1970

Water Use Hits Lowest Level Since Before 1970

Water use across the US reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years, according to a US Geological Survey report that says about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire US during 2010. This represents a 13 percent reduction of water … Read more »

Report: Methane Mitigation Could Stimulate US Economy

Increased use of technologies and services that capture methane emissions from oil and gas systems could save the industry over $1 billion in lost product, reduce air pollution and create new jobs, according to an economic analysis by Datu Research and the Environmental Defense Fund. The report identifies 76 companies … Read more »

Totall Metal Recycling

Recycling Facility Explosion Kills 2

A mortar round explosion at an Illinois recycling plant killed two people Monday morning and injured a third, according to media reports. Granite City Police Chief Rich Miller told KSDK.com that it is not unusual for a mortar round to be at the Totall Metal Recycling facility because it recycles … Read more »


$11M in Brownfields Cleanup Funds Awarded

Manufacturing redevelopment and urban agriculture are among the projects that will receive supplemental EPA funding — the agency has made available $11 million — to help clean up contaminated brownfields properties. The funds have been awarded to 31 grantees already working to clean up and redevelop brownfields. The agency expects … Read more »

coal power plant

NRG Invests $0.5bn to Cut Carbon Pollution

NRG Energy is investing more than half a billion dollars by 2016 to cut carbon pollution from its four coal-fired power plants in Illinois. The improvements will achieve 56 percent of Illinois’ statewide CO2 reductions called for under President Obama’s proposed carbon pollution standards, the company says. The Illinois efforts … Read more »

Manufacturer Mercury Thermostat Recycling Program ‘Not Working’

A program in Illinois that requires mercury thermostat manufacturers to collect and recycle their products isn’t preventing pollution, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Clean Water Fund. The study shows 1.86 million thermostats in use in Illinois contain mercury; this is about one-fourth of the … Read more »


Mississippi ‘Most Improved’ State in Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency measures are thriving in state capitals around the United States, with several states – including Mississippi, Connecticut, Illinois, and West Virginia – taking major steps that moved them up the ranks. In the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for … Read more »

Waste Management renewable energy facility

Waste Management Fuels Fleet with Landfill Gas

Waste Management is building a facility that will create pipeline-ready natural gas from its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Ill. The processed renewable natural gas will be injected into the pipelines of Ameren Illinois for withdrawal at other locations, including some Waste Management facilities. Once there, it will be used … Read more »

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