Environment

Environment

Champaign schools will get grant for geothermal systems

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district is getting nearly a half-million dollars to help pay for geothermal systems at three elementary schools.

House revives coal-gas plant plans

SPRINGFIELD – Just hours after it had failed in the Illinois House, a plan for a $3.5 billion clean coal gasification plant in Taylorville was resurrected with a 63-50 vote.

Coal gasification plant hits hurdle in General Assembly

SPRINGFIELD — Plans for a $3.5 billion clean coal gasification plant in Taylorville stalled Tuesday when supporters came up two votes short of passage in the Illinois House.

Deal in works for Ford County waste-recycling plant

GIBSON CITY – An agreement is in the works between the Ford County Board and Eco Manufacturing LLC, a Massachusetts-based company that has proposed building the nation's first plasma-gasification waste-recycling plant in Gibson City.

Plans for turbines anger some Urbana residents

URBANA – Roy Douglas knows it will not be too long before his family loses its five-generation farm to encroaching development – he has already sold part of it to the University of Illinois, and the school owns hundreds of acres across the street.

Ford County has 7 wind farms in works

PAXTON – Seven wind farms are in various stages of development in Ford County – two of which are nearing the construction phase.

A special-use permit application for the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm will be up for a vote by the Ford County Board on Dec. 13 and by the Iroquois County Board on Dec. 14, following public hearings in both counties next week.

Iroquois County's wind-farm plans on hold for 6 months

WATSEKA – The Iroquois County Board is not saying "no" to all future wind farms, just for the next six months.

Rantoul takes quick action against destructive pest

Greg Hazel knew the day was coming. He just didn't think it would arrive so soon.

The Rantoul director of public works said when he got the call recently that emerald ash borer had been found in Rantoul, "it was a little disheartening."

The pest that is weaving a path of destruction in ash trees shows no mercy.

Attorney general's office probes fish kill near Mansfield

The investigation into a September spill that killed tens of thousands of fish near Mansfield is now being handled by the Illinois attorney general's office.

The spill happened in Lone Tree Creek, which flows into the Sangamon River. Damage was reported in the creek and the river.

Illinois EPA ups monitoring of large livestock farms

In response to an informal federal investigation, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has promised to keep a closer eye on large livestock farms in the state.