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Environment

Hoopeston wind farm on hold

DANVILLE -- The company planning the Hoopeston Wind Project in northern Vermilion County has put off its plans to build more than 40 wind turbines mainly because transmission lines in the area need to be upgraded first, according to Vermilion County officials.

State radiation findings show no hazard in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency said the latest round of testing for radioactivity in Illinois from Japan found trace amounts of radioactive iodine in air, grass, milk and rainwater samples, as well as minute levels of cesium in some milk samples.

Proponents, foes meet on Vermilion wind turbine project

HOOPESTON - The first public meetings regarding the Hoopeston Wind Project drew criticism and support from two groups of residents in the northern part of the county where the wind turbines would operate.

Committee recommends Iroquois County board approve wind farm rules

Updated 6 p.m. Friday

WATSEKA -- The Iroquois County Board is scheduled to take a final vote on regulations involving wind farms next week, after a committee approved recommending the rules in a meeting on Friday.

Bayles Lake residents face funding problem for sewer plant

BAYLES LAKE -- The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has denied the Bayles Lake community the funding it had requested for a $5 million sewage-treatment plant.

Champaign council has questions about recycling center

CHAMPAIGN -- The opening of a new, privately owned recycling center near where the city-owned dropoff center recently closed is still up in the air,after the city council on Tuesday deferred a vote on a permit that would have allowed it to operate.

Champaign likely to vote on permit for recycling center

CHAMPAIGN --  The city council this week will decide whether a private recycling dropoff center may locate a couple blocks from where a city-owned center closed toward the end of last year.

The council likely will vote on the permit when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Champaign City Building.

Builders join on 'green' house showcase

URBANA Local home builders are banding together to build a "green" house in Urbana in hopes of showing people what environmentally friendly features they can look for in a home.

Groundbreaking for the home in Urbana's South Ridge subdivision will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to Mike Martin, chairman of the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois.

Ameren set to charge up electric vehicles when public's ready

URBANA -- Ameren Illinois says its system is ready to charge electric vehicles whenever the public is ready to drive them.

With gas prices hovering around $3.50 a gallon, that time may come sooner than later.