Will County officials fear that bulky old televisions will end up in ditches unless state law is changed to strengthen electronic recycling requirements.
Members of the county’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division spoke at a hearing Wednesday on House Bill 4042, and the county board passed a resolution Thursday supporting the bill, sponsored by state Rep. Emily McAsey, D-Romeoville.
Categories: Local Issues, Larry Walsh
Tags: Will County, County Board, Environmental Issues, County Executive, Emily McAsey
NRG Energy's announcement last week of a unit shutdown and conversion to natural gas at two local power plants may have been a victory for environmentalists but it will come at a cost of 250 well-paid jobs that may be tough to replace.
“Much of these are well-paid, union jobs, and a lot of those guys have been there a long time,” said John Greuling, president and CEO for Will County Center for Economic Development. “Pay is not what it used to be for a lot of these jobs. That's another trend in the overall economy that all of us are trying to adjust to.”
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Romeoville, Joliet, Environmental Issues
NRG Energy Inc. announced Thursday a pollution reduction plan for its four Illinois coal-fired generating plants that pushed the state more than halfway toward meeting new proposed federal limits for reducing carbon dioxide pollution.
NRG Energy officials told the Tribune on Wednesday that it will cease coal operations at one generating unit in Romeoville (the Will County plant), convert its Joliet plant to burn natural gas and upgrade its two other coal plants in Pekin and Waukegan to comply with environmental regulations.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
The Will County Land Use Department issued this news release about the rain barrels and compost bins they have available for purchase. They can be picked up at the hazardous waste collection being held in Elwood on June 14 or arrange to have them delivered and/or installed.
In celebration of spring, the Will County Land Use Department is partnering with the Conservation Foundation to sell rain barrels and compost bins.
Tags: Environmental Issues, County Executive
By targeting the nation's biggest sources of heat-trapping pollution, President Barack Obama is seeking to help forestall droughts, floods and other disasters that are projected to become more frequent, intense and expensive as the global climate changes.
But federal rules requiring a dramatic cut in carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and gas-fired power plants also could have more immediate effects on public health in Chicago and scores of other U.S. cities with chronically dirty air.
Categories: Local Issues, National Issues
Tags: Environmental Issues