200 attend formal hearing on proposed mine

SIDELL — About 200 people poured into the Jamaica High School gymnasium Wednesday night to tell state officials why Sunrise Coal should, or shouldn't, be allowed to develop an underground mine in southwest Vermilion County.

Environmental Almanac: Voice your opinion on proposed mine

On Wednesday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will conduct a public hearing on the Sunrise Coal Company's application for a permit to establish a coal mine southeast of Homer, near the border of Champaign and Vermilion counties.

Quorum missed for third time over Vermilion wind ordinance

DANVILLE — For a third time, a majority of Vermilion County board members failed to show up for the meeting of an ad hoc committee that's considering changes to the county's wind-farm ordinance.

Sierra Club appeals FutureGen permit decision

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Sierra Club is appealing an Illinois regulators' conclusion that the pollution controls for the FutureGen clean-coal project are adequate.

Formal hearing on coal mine permit set

JAMAICA — Residents who support or oppose the proposed Bulldog Coal Mine will have a second and final opportunity next week to tell state officials what they think about Sunrise Coal's application for a mining permit.

Environmental Almanac: Whooping it up on my birthday

Earlier this month, my spouse and I had planned to celebrate my birthday by driving to the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in northwest Indiana to see the thousands of sandhill cranes that congregate there during fall migration.

Bids awarded for Middletown demolition

MAHOMET — With contracts awarded for asbestos removal and demolition, the old Middletown school building's days are numbered.

The facility on Division Street, which has housed students at all levels, was most recently an early childhood center. It's been vacant since the opening of Middletown Prairie Elementary this fall.

Turbines boosting governments' bank accounts

In its first year on the property tax rolls, the California Ridge wind farm contributed more than $2.3 million to the coffers of schools, community colleges, counties, townships, libraries and fire districts in Champaign and Vermilion counties.

Urbana celebrates Boneyard Creek project completion

The mayor of Urbana said she's happy to see the end of barbed wire fencing around a creek near the central part of city.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning to celebrate the completion of the Boneyard Creek Improvements Project.

Mayor Laurel Prussing said the area looks much different now than when the project began about two years ago.

State OKs Ivesdale plan on hydrants

IVESDALE — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has accepted Ivesdale's proposal to manually flush its fire hydrants to address a problem with levels of trihalomethanes (TTHMs) exceeding state standards.