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    News Clips 2/13/2003


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/tribwest/chi-0302130282feb13,1,4464422.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocaltribwest%2Dhed
    Judges affirm class action in Lockformer suit
    By Virginia Groark
    Tribune staff reporter
    Published February 13, 2003

    A federal appeals court has agreed to let a lawsuit filed on behalf of about 1,200 DuPage County families against a Lisle-based company proceed as a class action, but individual plaintiffs will have to prove they were harmed in order to receive monetary damages.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/lake/chi-0302130388feb13,1,5864680.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocallake%2Dhed
    Firm, city meet on lakefront draft
    Marcia Sagendorph
    Published February 13, 2003

    WAUKEGAN -- Waukegan officials met Tuesday with a firm hired to develop a lakefront master plan.

    In December Waukegan awarded a $650,000 contract to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago. The project is expected to be completed within six months.


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0302130193feb13,1,3410133.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocalnorthwest%2Dhed
    Foes say Cary trash-facility plan stinks
    McHenry County to hold hearings



    By Tim Kane
    Special to the Tribune
    Published February 13, 2003

    Residents and municipal leaders are opposing a plan to build a solid-waste transfer station on unincorporated land north of U.S. Highway 14 between the Hollows Nature Preserve and Bright Oaks subdivision in Cary.


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0302130287feb13,1,5310681.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocalnorthwest%2Dhed

    Trash collection being reviewed



    Published February 13, 2003

    MT. PROSPECT -- Mt. Prospect officials are taking a close look this year at how local trash is collected and how the village pays for the service.

    While the village has nearly two years left on its trash-hauling contract, trustees were asked Tuesday to consider options such as automated trash collection systems and shifting more costs to user fees.



    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a13spill.htm
    Chemical spill at Geneva hospital
    Haz-mat units respond; no one injured
    By Garrett Ordower
    STAFF WRITER
    GENEVA — Emergency crews from at least six area agencies rushed to Delnor-Community Hospital Wednesday night after workers spilled a hazardous chemical inside the hospital.
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/city/w13fish.htm
    State researchers ask fishermen to help trace carp
    NEWS SUN STAFF REPORT
    ZION — Researchers at the Illinois Natural History Survey's Lake Michigan Biological Station here are seeking assistance from anglers who fish the area in reporting non-native species of carp.
    Several non-native species of carp have been introduced into the aquatic ecosystems of Illinois and are thriving in a wide variety of ecological niches, including the common carp, the big-head carp, the silver carp, the grass carp, the round goby and the Eurasian ruffe, officials said.
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/city/a12derail.htm
    About 200 evacuees return home after train derailment
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    DU QUOIN — Some of the people evacuated from their homes Sunday after a train derailed and spilled hazardous chemicals began to return Tuesday.
    http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/021303/new_20030213010.shtml
    Thursday, February 13, 2003
    Brakes possible cause
    for train derailment

    The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY
    Investigators on Wednesday were examining the accident that caused 13 freight cars, including two carrying acids, to derail Tuesday near Arcona. There were no injuries or evacuations.
    By M.K. Guetersloh
    Pontiac bureau chief
    ANCONA -- Malfunctioning brakes may have triggered a train accident that knocked 13 freight cars, including two carrying acids, off the tracks Tuesday near Ancona.
    http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/021203/new_20030212029.shtml
    High wind causes 13 train cars to derail
    By Sharon K. Woulfe and M.K. Guetersloh
    Pantagraph staff
    ANCONA -- High winds appeared to be the cause of a 13-car train derailment Tuesday night slightly north of Ancona in northern Livingston County. Two of the derailed cars were carrying hazardous materials.
    http://www.pjstar.com/news/topnews/g148826a.html
    Utility doesn't back uniform water rate
    Illinois-American isn't expecting state to OK single tariff
    February 12, 2003
    By JOHN SHARP of the Journal Star
    PEORIA - A top official with Illinois-American Water Co. said the company has never supported a uniform water rate for the 125 communities it serves - a proposal that would mean higher water rates for customers in Peoria and Pekin.
    … Ruckman said rates are higher in the Chicago district because water treatment is expensive, and the costs of extending pipelines from Lake Michigan to draw higher quality water to the suburbs is costly. …

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/Alton%2C%20Madison%2C%20and%20St.%20Clair%2FMonroe%20Zones/5DAC814261452A0C86256CCB00605B6C?opendocument&headline=%24125%2C000%20grant%20will%20help% 20improve%20Meadowbrook%20water%20system
    $125,000 grant will help improve Meadowbrook water system
    By TERRY HILLIG Post-Dispatch
    02/13/2003 12:00 AM
    Better insurance
    rates may result
    MEADOWBROOK - A grant of $125,000 will help the Meadowbrook Water District make some big improvements to its distribution system.


    Stevens Publishing 2/13/03
    Our Environmental Tip of the Week is courtesy of Don Reed, an environmental scientist with Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Ltd., Cicero, N.Y. "Garden clubs can make their communities 'greener' by sponsoring 'compost drives' to collect yard waste for composting. Compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, as well as the amount of yard waste sent to landfills."

    http://www.stevenspublishing.com/Stevens/EPPub.nsf/frame?open&redirect=http://www.stevenspublishing.com/stevens/eppub.nsf/d3d5b4f938b22b6e8625670c006dbc58/cc5daf8906758cb886256cca005e4466?OpenDocument
    U.S. seeks to postpone total ban of methyl bromide
    The federal government submitted a formal request to the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Feb. 7, asking that it be allowed to continue using methyl bromide on a limited basis beginning in 2005.
    http://www.stevenspublishing.com/Stevens/EPPub.nsf/frame?open&redirect=http://www.stevenspublishing.com/stevens/eppub.nsf/d3d5b4f938b22b6e8625670c006dbc58/053e1c5f0a67fa0686256cca005ebe95?OpenDocument
    EPA opens new environmental emergency response center
    On Feb. 6, EPA opened the Environmental Response Team -- West in Las Vegas, a new office with staff who will travel throughout the country to handle environmental accidents.
    http://www.stevenspublishing.com/Stevens/EPPub.nsf/frame?open&redirect=http://www.stevenspublishing.com/stevens/eppub.nsf/d3d5b4f938b22b6e8625670c006dbc58/0c69f71add36bc7886256cca005f170f?OpenDocument
    Plumbing the murky depths: Top issues in water quality for 2003
    New procedures for setting total maximum daily loads and wastewater infrastructure concerns are just a couple of the water quality issues that Sarah Klahn, Esq., examines in the January/February issue of Environmental Protection magazine.
    http://www.glenro.com/r/frameload/fumeaccess.htm
    Thermal Oxidizers for VOC Removal

    Glenro designs and manufactures thermal oxidizers and catalytic oxidizers for VOC, odor and smoke control. Effective use of primary and secondary heat recovery has resulted in oxidizers that operate with high energy efficiency, while requiring a comparatively low capital investment. Glenro fume oxidizers can help you meet the requirements of VOC abatement while maintaining the profitability of your manufacturing processes.
    http://www.isa.org/Template.cfm?Section=Events&template=/Conference/ConferenceDescription.cfm&ConferenceID=627
    NOx Emissions Technical Conference

    Tuesday, 18 February 2003 through Thursday, 20 February 2003
    - Location -
    Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport
    5985 W Century Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA United States

    The first ISA NOx emissions conference was held in 2002. Industry experts presented their experiences with the measurement and control of low level NOx emissions, new concepts for NOx reduction techniques, and innovative monitoring systems. The second conference, two days this time, will also provide information on new NOx control techniques and innovative source monitoring methods.
    http://trinityconsultants.com/downloads/mep_05_02.pdf
    Developing A Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southwest/chi-0302130281feb13,1,1369321.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocalsouthwest%2Dhed

    Metra's plan for commuter line hits barrier in D.C.

    By Mike Dorning
    Washington Bureau

    February 13, 2003

    WASHINGTON -- Metra officials on Wednesday received new pressure from federal lawmakers to upgrade service for residents of the south suburbs if they are to gain funding for a proposed $1.1 billion suburb-to-suburb commuter line stretching from Joliet to O'Hare International Airport.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-0302130211feb13,1,2478823.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsopinionvoice%2Dhed
    Fueling cars

    A.R. Martin

    February 13, 2003

    Ft. Myers, Fla. -- The Jan. 31 editorial "The hydrogen car (pipe?) dream," in opposition to government subsidies for fuel cell development, missed the point. The real problem is that fuel cells are not "non-polluting" and will not solve our energy problems.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/community/archive_story.asp?intID=3766556&zone=lis
    No one injured at Delnor in small chemical spill
    By Kara Spak and David R. Kazak Daily Herald Staff Writer
    Posted on February 13, 2003
    A one-liter spill of a common hospital chemical at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva drew about 80 local firefighters and hazardous materials crews to the scene Wednesday evening.
    http://www.dailyherald.com/cook/main_story.asp?intID=3766554
    Island sets to rebuild battered shoreline
    By Lee Filas Daily Herald Staff Writer
    Posted on February 13, 2003
    The Pape Island shoreline looks like a mix of rock piles and tree roots to the untrained eye. But to those in the know, it's the future of shorelines across the Chain O' Lakes.
    … Using rocks, rip-rap, lunker boxes and root balls, the state-funded Fox Waterway Agency stabilized the shoreline naturally, rather than with a concrete seawall like those used across the Chain….
    http://www.dailyherald.com/dupage/main_story.asp?intID=3766598
    Blagojevich might move O'Hare fight
    By John Patterson Daily Herald State Government Editor
    Posted on February 13, 2003

    SPRINGFIELD - Fearing continued delays in Washington, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday he expects to push a deal to expand O'Hare International Airport at the Illinois Statehouse rather than wait on Congress.
    Daily Herald 2/13/03
    State needs to study Batavia dam costs
    As a kid growing up in Batavia, my buddies and I would fish for hours near the Batavia dam where down below the "big guy" fishermen stood in the water with their big rubber boots on. We would fish for hours for croppies and carp, thrilled with what we would catch.

    Today, at the same spot I stood as a child, fishermen reel in smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike and even muskie. The water is so clean that Aurora uses it for drinking water.
    Before spending more than $8 million to remove the dam to clean up what already seems to be a clean river, why not repair it for much less money? Why not repair the dam at a lower cost? I personally urge the state to research this cost prior to April when voters are asked to vote on this issue.
    Ken Ramsey
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/city/a13ohare.htm
    O'Hare expansion likely on way to Springfield
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SPRINGFIELD — Acknowledging staunch opposition in Washington, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that expansion plans for O'Hare International Airport likely will have to move forward at the state Capitol instead of Congress.
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/opinions/w12edit1.htm
    Sense on SUVs
    A Senate bill introduced last week requires a one-third increase in fuel efficiency for all light trucks by 2011. The main target of this bill is the sport utility vehicle — SUV — a prime cause for more than a decade in the rapid growth in U.S. oil consumption and tailpipe emissions, a principal culprit in global warming.
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-ohare13.html
    Guv asks to drop O'Hare veto power

    February 13, 2003
    BY CHRIS WETTERICH SUN-TIMES SPRINGFIELD BUREAU

    SPRINGFIELD--Gov. Blagojevich wants the General Assembly to eliminate his veto power over O'Hare Airport expansion this year to ensure that future governors cannot stop the project--a concern opponents of the project say is bogus.
    http://www.msnbc.com/news/872301.asp
    Industries pledge to curb carbon use

    Voluntary steps tied to global warming; activists skeptical


    ASSOCIATED PRESS


    WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 — A wide range of businesses, from automakers to paper mills, pledged Wednesday to improve efficiency and find other ways to help curtail the growth of climate-changing gases. The pledges “are a first step in what we expect to be an ongoing engagement” with the private sector to address climate change, President Bush said in a statement.
    http://www.enn.com/news/2003-02-13/s_2645.asp
    U.S. firms set greenhouse gas targets in Bush plan

    By Chris Baltimore, Reuters

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. utilities, automakers, oil refiners, and other industries said Wednesday they will voluntarily trim carbon dioxide emissions, drawing praise from the Bush administration and sighs from environmentalists who say it is not enough to reduce heat-trapping gases.
    http://www.enn.com/direct/display-release.asp?objid=D1D1364E000000F357926044AE0DB654
    Scientists study water movement in soil to trace groundwater contamination
    From American Society of Agronomy
    Friday, February 14, 2003 12:00:00 AM

    MADISON, WI, FEBRUARY 14, 2003 - A phenomenon occurring in soil that has been baffling scientists for the past 20 years finally has some answers, thanks to a water movement model created by researchers at the University of California-Riverside. The research is published in the February 2003 issue of Vadose Zone Journal, published by the Soil Science Society of America.

    http://www.jg-tc.com/articles/2003/02/12/news/news02.txt
    Snow rebuilds ground water supply, kills crop pests
    BY ROB STROUD, Staff Writer
    Wednesday, February 12, 2003 11:58 AM CST



    … Coles County Farm Bureau Manager Mark Phelan said the melting snow will permeate farmland and refill ponds that had been getting low. He said the snow will also kill off many of the insects that feast on crops….
    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/World%2C%20Nation%2C%20Missouri%2C%20and%20Illinois%20State%20News/5580E2AFA0CBDF0486256CCC002A3F45?opendocument&headline=Officials%20move%20command%20post%2 0closer%20to%20site%20of%20train%20derailment
    Command post moves closer to site of derailment
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    02/13/2003 12:00 AM
    TAMAROA, Ill. - The command post for the cleanup of a train derailment that spilled hazardous chemicals here moved closer to the accident site Wednesday, a sign that the remaining 800 evacuees may soon be allowed to return home.

    http://www.ottawadailytimes.com/news/story.php?storyid=9362
    Dems renew call for Superfund tax

    By EDWARD FELKER — Daily Times Washington Bureau Chief

    WASHINGTON _ Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, on Tuesday called for renewal of the so-called “polluter tax” that previously funded the Superfund toxic waste cleanup program and is expected to help pay for the remaining cleanup of radium-laced sites in Ottawa.
    http://www.caprep.com/0203035.htm
    EPA funds program to reduce pollution from ground freight carriers
    WASHINGTON (02/12/03) -- U.S. EPA has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) under the Agency's newly announced SmartWaySM Transport program designed to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ground freight carriers such as trucks and locomotives. The EPA grant to EPRI will go towards supporting reductions in long-duration idling on trucks.
    http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2003/02/13/news/lake_county/2df7a7862aa6ca5b86256ccc001795b2.txt
    Dredging picture remains muddy
    BY JIM MASTERS



    Times Correspondent

    EAST CHICAGO -- A new initiative to communicate with community members about plans to dredge the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal did little Wednesday night to reassure East Chicago City Councilman Don Koliboski, D-1st.


    http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0302/13/d09e-83571.htm
    Thursday, February 13, 2003
    Environmental chief blasts the lack of a land-use policy
    By Malcolm Johnson / Associated Press

    LANSING -- The lack of a state land-use policy is Michigan's greatest environmental threat, the man named to head the state Environmental Quality told the Senate Government Operations Committee on Tuesday.
    http://www.southernillinoisan.com/rednews/2003/02/13/build/top/TOP002B.html
    EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO DERAILMENT GETS HIGH MARKS
    BY CHRISTI MATHIS
    THE SOUTHERN
    [Thu Feb 13 2003]
    Although the cause of the derailment is unknown, one thing is certain: local and state officials agree the response to the disaster and the cleanup have gone extremely well….

    http://www.daily-journal.com/content/?id=21486
    Sewer service will cost North Point residents
    February 12, 2003

    By Jennifer Hays Huggins
    Journal correspondent
    Residents in North Point Estates will spend $3,700 each for the installation of a sanitary sewer system in their subdivision at Armour Road and Cardinal Drive.
    http://www.rrstar.com/opinion/editorial/20030213-31999.shtml

    No burning
    County must keep word before smoke rises again
    No one’s thinking about leaves, those things suspended in ice blocks and lying brown and shriveled on the frozen ground. With tempers cooled — for now — it’s a fine time for the Winnebago County Board to make final its long-awaited leaf-burning ban.

    IT ISN’T JUST an annoyance. People with allergies and lung disorders, and especially asthmatic children, pay the real price for the bogus freedom to burn leaves. They get sick….
    http://www.stateline.org/story.do?storyId=287775
    States Target Greenhouse Gases

    By Kathleen Murphy, Staff Writer
    Stateline.org
    February 13, 2003

    States are taking steps to reduce America’s contributions to global warming in the face of federal inaction.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/13/politics/13ENVI.html
    February 13, 2003

    Voluntary Pacts Reached to Curb Greenhouse Gases

    By JENNIFER 8. LEE



    ASHINGTON, Feb. 12 — Administration officials announced several modest agreements with a number of industries today for voluntary controls on emissions of gases linked to global warming. The agreements, a result of aggressive meetings with industry executives, are an effort to stave off pending state and federal proposals for mandatory ceilings.

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    Originally posted by Wally Hartshorn
    News Clips 2/13/2003


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/tribwest/chi-0302130282feb13,1,4464422.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocaltribwest%2Dhed
    Judges affirm class action in Lockformer suit
    By Virginia Groark
    Tribune staff reporter
    Published February 13, 2003

    A federal appeals court has agreed to let a lawsuit filed on behalf of about 1,200 DuPage County families against a Lisle-based company proceed as a class action, but individual plaintiffs will have to prove they were harmed in order to receive monetary damages.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/lake/chi-0302130388feb13,1,5864680.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocallake%2Dhed
    Firm, city meet on lakefront draft
    Marcia Sagendorph
    Published February 13, 2003

    WAUKEGAN -- Waukegan officials met Tuesday with a firm hired to develop a lakefront master plan.

    In December Waukegan awarded a $650,000 contract to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago. The project is expected to be completed within six months.


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0302130193feb13,1,3410133.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocalnorthwest%2Dhed
    Foes say Cary trash-facility plan stinks
    McHenry County to hold hearings



    By Tim Kane
    Special to the Tribune
    Published February 13, 2003

    Residents and municipal leaders are opposing a plan to build a solid-waste transfer station on unincorporated land north of U.S. Highway 14 between the Hollows Nature Preserve and Bright Oaks subdivision in Cary.


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/northwest/chi-0302130287feb13,1,5310681.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocalnorthwest%2Dhed

    Trash collection being reviewed



    Published February 13, 2003

    MT. PROSPECT -- Mt. Prospect officials are taking a close look this year at how local trash is collected and how the village pays for the service.

    While the village has nearly two years left on its trash-hauling contract, trustees were asked Tuesday to consider options such as automated trash collection systems and shifting more costs to user fees.



    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a13spill.htm
    Chemical spill at Geneva hospital
    Haz-mat units respond; no one injured
    By Garrett Ordower
    STAFF WRITER
    GENEVA — Emergency crews from at least six area agencies rushed to Delnor-Community Hospital Wednesday night after workers spilled a hazardous chemical inside the hospital.
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/city/w13fish.htm
    State researchers ask fishermen to help trace carp
    NEWS SUN STAFF REPORT
    ZION — Researchers at the Illinois Natural History Survey's Lake Michigan Biological Station here are seeking assistance from anglers who fish the area in reporting non-native species of carp.
    Several non-native species of carp have been introduced into the aquatic ecosystems of Illinois and are thriving in a wide variety of ecological niches, including the common carp, the big-head carp, the silver carp, the grass carp, the round goby and the Eurasian ruffe, officials said.
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/city/a12derail.htm
    About 200 evacuees return home after train derailment
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    DU QUOIN — Some of the people evacuated from their homes Sunday after a train derailed and spilled hazardous chemicals began to return Tuesday.
    http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/021303/new_20030213010.shtml
    Thursday, February 13, 2003
    Brakes possible cause
    for train derailment

    The Pantagraph/STEVE SMEDLEY
    Investigators on Wednesday were examining the accident that caused 13 freight cars, including two carrying acids, to derail Tuesday near Arcona. There were no injuries or evacuations.
    By M.K. Guetersloh
    Pontiac bureau chief
    ANCONA -- Malfunctioning brakes may have triggered a train accident that knocked 13 freight cars, including two carrying acids, off the tracks Tuesday near Ancona.
    http://www.pantagraph.com/stories/021203/new_20030212029.shtml
    High wind causes 13 train cars to derail
    By Sharon K. Woulfe and M.K. Guetersloh
    Pantagraph staff
    ANCONA -- High winds appeared to be the cause of a 13-car train derailment Tuesday night slightly north of Ancona in northern Livingston County. Two of the derailed cars were carrying hazardous materials.
    http://www.pjstar.com/news/topnews/g148826a.html
    Utility doesn't back uniform water rate
    Illinois-American isn't expecting state to OK single tariff
    February 12, 2003
    By JOHN SHARP of the Journal Star
    PEORIA - A top official with Illinois-American Water Co. said the company has never supported a uniform water rate for the 125 communities it serves - a proposal that would mean higher water rates for customers in Peoria and Pekin.
    … Ruckman said rates are higher in the Chicago district because water treatment is expensive, and the costs of extending pipelines from Lake Michigan to draw higher quality water to the suburbs is costly. …

    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/Alton%2C%20Madison%2C%20and%20St.%20Clair%2FMonroe%20Zones/5DAC814261452A0C86256CCB00605B6C?opendocument&headline=%24125%2C000%20grant%20will%20help% 20improve%20Meadowbrook%20water%20system
    $125,000 grant will help improve Meadowbrook water system
    By TERRY HILLIG Post-Dispatch
    02/13/2003 12:00 AM
    Better insurance
    rates may result
    MEADOWBROOK - A grant of $125,000 will help the Meadowbrook Water District make some big improvements to its distribution system.


    Stevens Publishing 2/13/03
    Our Environmental Tip of the Week is courtesy of Don Reed, an environmental scientist with Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Ltd., Cicero, N.Y. "Garden clubs can make their communities 'greener' by sponsoring 'compost drives' to collect yard waste for composting. Compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, as well as the amount of yard waste sent to landfills."

    http://www.stevenspublishing.com/Stevens/EPPub.nsf/frame?open&redirect=http://www.stevenspublishing.com/stevens/eppub.nsf/d3d5b4f938b22b6e8625670c006dbc58/cc5daf8906758cb886256cca005e4466?OpenDocument
    U.S. seeks to postpone total ban of methyl bromide
    The federal government submitted a formal request to the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Feb. 7, asking that it be allowed to continue using methyl bromide on a limited basis beginning in 2005.
    http://www.stevenspublishing.com/Stevens/EPPub.nsf/frame?open&redirect=http://www.stevenspublishing.com/stevens/eppub.nsf/d3d5b4f938b22b6e8625670c006dbc58/053e1c5f0a67fa0686256cca005ebe95?OpenDocument
    EPA opens new environmental emergency response center
    On Feb. 6, EPA opened the Environmental Response Team -- West in Las Vegas, a new office with staff who will travel throughout the country to handle environmental accidents.
    http://www.stevenspublishing.com/Stevens/EPPub.nsf/frame?open&redirect=http://www.stevenspublishing.com/stevens/eppub.nsf/d3d5b4f938b22b6e8625670c006dbc58/0c69f71add36bc7886256cca005f170f?OpenDocument
    Plumbing the murky depths: Top issues in water quality for 2003
    New procedures for setting total maximum daily loads and wastewater infrastructure concerns are just a couple of the water quality issues that Sarah Klahn, Esq., examines in the January/February issue of Environmental Protection magazine.
    http://www.glenro.com/r/frameload/fumeaccess.htm
    Thermal Oxidizers for VOC Removal

    Glenro designs and manufactures thermal oxidizers and catalytic oxidizers for VOC, odor and smoke control. Effective use of primary and secondary heat recovery has resulted in oxidizers that operate with high energy efficiency, while requiring a comparatively low capital investment. Glenro fume oxidizers can help you meet the requirements of VOC abatement while maintaining the profitability of your manufacturing processes.
    http://www.isa.org/Template.cfm?Section=Events&template=/Conference/ConferenceDescription.cfm&ConferenceID=627
    NOx Emissions Technical Conference

    Tuesday, 18 February 2003 through Thursday, 20 February 2003
    - Location -
    Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport
    5985 W Century Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA United States

    The first ISA NOx emissions conference was held in 2002. Industry experts presented their experiences with the measurement and control of low level NOx emissions, new concepts for NOx reduction techniques, and innovative monitoring systems. The second conference, two days this time, will also provide information on new NOx control techniques and innovative source monitoring methods.
    http://trinityconsultants.com/downloads/mep_05_02.pdf
    Developing A Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southwest/chi-0302130281feb13,1,1369321.story?coll=chi%2Dnewslocalsouthwest%2Dhed

    Metra's plan for commuter line hits barrier in D.C.

    By Mike Dorning
    Washington Bureau

    February 13, 2003

    WASHINGTON -- Metra officials on Wednesday received new pressure from federal lawmakers to upgrade service for residents of the south suburbs if they are to gain funding for a proposed $1.1 billion suburb-to-suburb commuter line stretching from Joliet to O'Hare International Airport.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-0302130211feb13,1,2478823.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsopinionvoice%2Dhed
    Fueling cars

    A.R. Martin

    February 13, 2003

    Ft. Myers, Fla. -- The Jan. 31 editorial "The hydrogen car (pipe?) dream," in opposition to government subsidies for fuel cell development, missed the point. The real problem is that fuel cells are not "non-polluting" and will not solve our energy problems.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/community/archive_story.asp?intID=3766556&zone=lis
    No one injured at Delnor in small chemical spill
    By Kara Spak and David R. Kazak Daily Herald Staff Writer
    Posted on February 13, 2003
    A one-liter spill of a common hospital chemical at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva drew about 80 local firefighters and hazardous materials crews to the scene Wednesday evening.
    http://www.dailyherald.com/cook/main_story.asp?intID=3766554
    Island sets to rebuild battered shoreline
    By Lee Filas Daily Herald Staff Writer
    Posted on February 13, 2003
    The Pape Island shoreline looks like a mix of rock piles and tree roots to the untrained eye. But to those in the know, it's the future of shorelines across the Chain O' Lakes.
    … Using rocks, rip-rap, lunker boxes and root balls, the state-funded Fox Waterway Agency stabilized the shoreline naturally, rather than with a concrete seawall like those used across the Chain….
    http://www.dailyherald.com/dupage/main_story.asp?intID=3766598
    Blagojevich might move O'Hare fight
    By John Patterson Daily Herald State Government Editor
    Posted on February 13, 2003

    SPRINGFIELD - Fearing continued delays in Washington, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday he expects to push a deal to expand O'Hare International Airport at the Illinois Statehouse rather than wait on Congress.
    Daily Herald 2/13/03
    State needs to study Batavia dam costs
    As a kid growing up in Batavia, my buddies and I would fish for hours near the Batavia dam where down below the "big guy" fishermen stood in the water with their big rubber boots on. We would fish for hours for croppies and carp, thrilled with what we would catch.

    Today, at the same spot I stood as a child, fishermen reel in smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike and even muskie. The water is so clean that Aurora uses it for drinking water.
    Before spending more than $8 million to remove the dam to clean up what already seems to be a clean river, why not repair it for much less money? Why not repair the dam at a lower cost? I personally urge the state to research this cost prior to April when voters are asked to vote on this issue.
    Ken Ramsey
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/city/a13ohare.htm
    O'Hare expansion likely on way to Springfield
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SPRINGFIELD — Acknowledging staunch opposition in Washington, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that expansion plans for O'Hare International Airport likely will have to move forward at the state Capitol instead of Congress.
    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/opinions/w12edit1.htm
    Sense on SUVs
    A Senate bill introduced last week requires a one-third increase in fuel efficiency for all light trucks by 2011. The main target of this bill is the sport utility vehicle — SUV — a prime cause for more than a decade in the rapid growth in U.S. oil consumption and tailpipe emissions, a principal culprit in global warming.
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-ohare13.html
    Guv asks to drop O'Hare veto power

    February 13, 2003
    BY CHRIS WETTERICH SUN-TIMES SPRINGFIELD BUREAU

    SPRINGFIELD--Gov. Blagojevich wants the General Assembly to eliminate his veto power over O'Hare Airport expansion this year to ensure that future governors cannot stop the project--a concern opponents of the project say is bogus.
    http://www.msnbc.com/news/872301.asp
    Industries pledge to curb carbon use

    Voluntary steps tied to global warming; activists skeptical


    ASSOCIATED PRESS


    WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 — A wide range of businesses, from automakers to paper mills, pledged Wednesday to improve efficiency and find other ways to help curtail the growth of climate-changing gases. The pledges “are a first step in what we expect to be an ongoing engagement” with the private sector to address climate change, President Bush said in a statement.
    http://www.enn.com/news/2003-02-13/s_2645.asp
    U.S. firms set greenhouse gas targets in Bush plan

    By Chris Baltimore, Reuters

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. utilities, automakers, oil refiners, and other industries said Wednesday they will voluntarily trim carbon dioxide emissions, drawing praise from the Bush administration and sighs from environmentalists who say it is not enough to reduce heat-trapping gases.
    http://www.enn.com/direct/display-release.asp?objid=D1D1364E000000F357926044AE0DB654
    Scientists study water movement in soil to trace groundwater contamination
    From American Society of Agronomy
    Friday, February 14, 2003 12:00:00 AM

    MADISON, WI, FEBRUARY 14, 2003 - A phenomenon occurring in soil that has been baffling scientists for the past 20 years finally has some answers, thanks to a water movement model created by researchers at the University of California-Riverside. The research is published in the February 2003 issue of Vadose Zone Journal, published by the Soil Science Society of America.

    http://www.jg-tc.com/articles/2003/02/12/news/news02.txt
    Snow rebuilds ground water supply, kills crop pests
    BY ROB STROUD, Staff Writer
    Wednesday, February 12, 2003 11:58 AM CST



    … Coles County Farm Bureau Manager Mark Phelan said the melting snow will permeate farmland and refill ponds that had been getting low. He said the snow will also kill off many of the insects that feast on crops….
    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/World%2C%20Nation%2C%20Missouri%2C%20and%20Illinois%20State%20News/5580E2AFA0CBDF0486256CCC002A3F45?opendocument&headline=Officials%20move%20command%20post%2 0closer%20to%20site%20of%20train%20derailment
    Command post moves closer to site of derailment
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    02/13/2003 12:00 AM
    TAMAROA, Ill. - The command post for the cleanup of a train derailment that spilled hazardous chemicals here moved closer to the accident site Wednesday, a sign that the remaining 800 evacuees may soon be allowed to return home.

    http://www.ottawadailytimes.com/news/story.php?storyid=9362
    Dems renew call for Superfund tax

    By EDWARD FELKER — Daily Times Washington Bureau Chief

    WASHINGTON _ Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, on Tuesday called for renewal of the so-called “polluter tax” that previously funded the Superfund toxic waste cleanup program and is expected to help pay for the remaining cleanup of radium-laced sites in Ottawa.
    http://www.caprep.com/0203035.htm
    EPA funds program to reduce pollution from ground freight carriers
    WASHINGTON (02/12/03) -- U.S. EPA has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) under the Agency's newly announced SmartWaySM Transport program designed to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from ground freight carriers such as trucks and locomotives. The EPA grant to EPRI will go towards supporting reductions in long-duration idling on trucks.
    http://www.thetimesonline.com/articles/2003/02/13/news/lake_county/2df7a7862aa6ca5b86256ccc001795b2.txt
    Dredging picture remains muddy
    BY JIM MASTERS



    Times Correspondent

    EAST CHICAGO -- A new initiative to communicate with community members about plans to dredge the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal did little Wednesday night to reassure East Chicago City Councilman Don Koliboski, D-1st.


    http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0302/13/d09e-83571.htm
    Thursday, February 13, 2003
    Environmental chief blasts the lack of a land-use policy
    By Malcolm Johnson / Associated Press

    LANSING -- The lack of a state land-use policy is Michigan's greatest environmental threat, the man named to head the state Environmental Quality told the Senate Government Operations Committee on Tuesday.
    http://www.southernillinoisan.com/rednews/2003/02/13/build/top/TOP002B.html
    EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO DERAILMENT GETS HIGH MARKS
    BY CHRISTI MATHIS
    THE SOUTHERN
    [Thu Feb 13 2003]
    Although the cause of the derailment is unknown, one thing is certain: local and state officials agree the response to the disaster and the cleanup have gone extremely well….

    http://www.daily-journal.com/content/?id=21486
    Sewer service will cost North Point residents
    February 12, 2003

    By Jennifer Hays Huggins
    Journal correspondent
    Residents in North Point Estates will spend $3,700 each for the installation of a sanitary sewer system in their subdivision at Armour Road and Cardinal Drive.
    http://www.rrstar.com/opinion/editorial/20030213-31999.shtml

    No burning
    County must keep word before smoke rises again
    No one’s thinking about leaves, those things suspended in ice blocks and lying brown and shriveled on the frozen ground. With tempers cooled — for now — it’s a fine time for the Winnebago County Board to make final its long-awaited leaf-burning ban.

    IT ISN’T JUST an annoyance. People with allergies and lung disorders, and especially asthmatic children, pay the real price for the bogus freedom to burn leaves. They get sick….
    http://www.stateline.org/story.do?storyId=287775
    States Target Greenhouse Gases

    By Kathleen Murphy, Staff Writer
    Stateline.org
    February 13, 2003

    States are taking steps to reduce America’s contributions to global warming in the face of federal inaction.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/13/politics/13ENVI.html
    February 13, 2003

    Voluntary Pacts Reached to Curb Greenhouse Gases

    By JENNIFER 8. LEE



    ASHINGTON, Feb. 12 — Administration officials announced several modest agreements with a number of industries today for voluntary controls on emissions of gases linked to global warming. The agreements, a result of aggressive meetings with industry executives, are an effort to stave off pending state and federal proposals for mandatory ceilings.
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