Quinn seeks probe of Peoria landfill request for PCBs

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois EPA is asking DeWitt County officials for more information in order to block the disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at a Clinton landfill.

Landfill concerns? Let Tom Kacich know about them here

California firm takes majority share of wind farm project

KEMPTON — A California company announced Tuesday it has secured majority ownership of the first phase of a wind farm to be built this summer in East Central Illinois.

Top of the Morning, July 14, 2014: From the archives

Things were never great for the Boneyard, apparently.

"From earliest accounts in the early 1800s, it was agreed that there were piles of bones all along the banks," says a 1998 bibliography by Patricia Gobert at the Illinois State Water Survey Library. "An exposed Indian burial ground or a hunting site? According to one story, hundreds of animals perished in a heavy snowstorm.

Environmental Almanac: A love of wildlife — even snakes

Thanks to a friend who's more observant than I, I recently discovered a new species of reptile in my own backyard. It was a plains garter snake, known by scientists as Thamnophis radix.

I should clarify by saying I mean the plains garter snake was "new" to me, not new to science or the wider world.

Aquifer meeting stresses public participation

CHAMPAIGN — The focus turned to public participation on Saturday as local officials once again gathered to discuss remedies for a chemical landfill in DeWitt County, which they think threatens the natural resource on which it sits.
Speakers at the Champaign Public Library — including elected officials and representatives of local interest groups — told attendee

EPA to remove soil from homes south of Tilton

TILTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to remove contaminated soil around 29 homes south of Tilton that have tested positive for high levels of lead and arsenic that likely drifted by wind and rain from a nearby zinc smelter site.

Residents turn to federal EPA for help in Champaign neighborhood

CHAMPAIGN — Fed up with the state agency, Champaign residents are now looking to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address their concerns about toxic waste in their neighborhood.

They're also hoping that the chemicals they suspect remain under their homes don't end up above the Mahomet Aquifer.

Cultivate your curiosity about nature

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." Naturalist John Muir made this statement in 1911.

It is as true today as it was then. Beyond television and technology, have you ever wondered how the world (including us) is hitched?

Bee colonies on upswing in Illinois

FAIRMOUNT — If every beekeeper started out like David Burns did nearly 20 years ago, Illinois likely would not be enjoying its current upswing in honeybee colonies.

Construction expected this summer for wind farm

KEMPTON — Construction of a proposed 199-turbine wind farm encompassing portions of Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties is expected to begin by early August, the project's developer said.

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