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Backlog of toxic Superfund clean-ups grows under Trump-
The Trump administration has built up the biggest backlog of unfunded toxic Superfund clean-up projects in at least 15 years, nearly triple the number that were stalled for lack of money in the Obama era, according to 2019 figures quietly released by the Environmental Protection Agency over the winter holidays.10
Report warns of dangers from staff decline at Illinois EPA-
The state’s lack of investment in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is putting citizens at increased risk of public health issues, according to a report released at the end of November.
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Lightfoot’s Actions on Environmental Campaign Promises Are Off to a Slow Start-
Chicago mayor says budget constraints have cooled her ambitious plans. Her 2020 budget includes no new funding for additional pollution inspectors.
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Green Bay ‘Resilience Coordinator’ Would Help City Mitigate Flooding, Fight Climate Change-
Green Bay, Wisconsin, Mayor Eric Genrich has proposed a new position in his 2020 budget to help the city deal with the effects of climate change.
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Chicago installs lakefront barriers to shield against flood damage-
Chicago officials say crews will install hundreds of yards of barriers along Lake Michigan to guard against flood damage from storms in the fall and winter.
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Concerns grow over PFAS-tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands-
For decades, sewage sludge from thousands of wastewater treatment plants has been used nationwide as cropland fertilizer. But while the sludge offers farmers a cheap source of fertilizer, there long have been concerns about contaminants in the material — and attention of late has turned to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.
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EPA gives $3.7M to protect endangered Lake Superior’s Buffalo Reef-
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has awarded $3.7 million to efforts to restore the Buffalo Reef in Lake Superior. The money is going toward a dredging operation.