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Solar farms in 3 states cited for environmental violations

A statement by the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency said, in each case, the alleged companies failed to take steps to control runoff water.

Solar farms in 3 states cited for environmental violations
Illinois News

EPA to give $60M to 12 states to help curb water pollution

The federal government said Friday that it will distribute $60 million among 12 states that have waterways that flow into the Mississippi River to help them control farm runoff and other pollution that contribute to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

EPA to give $60M to 12 states to help curb water pollution
Business

EPA raises amount of ethanol that must be blended with gas

The fuel consumes more than 40% of the nation's corn supply, and ethanol and other biofuel production plants offer jobs in rural areas that have seen steady population declines over the decades.

EPA raises amount of ethanol that must be blended with gas
Chicagoland Business

Indiana steel mill agrees to pay $3M, improve waste system

A steel company has agreed to pay $3 million and improve the wastewater system at an Indiana mill, more than two years after a discharge of ammonia and toxic chemicals killed fish and closed beaches.

Indiana steel mill agrees to pay $3M, improve waste system
Environment

BP agrees to $500K penalty, soot limits at Indiana refinery

The refinery 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Chicago converts around 440,000 barrels of crude oil daily into gasoline, other fuels and asphalt. It covers 1,400 acres in Whiting, East Chicago, and Hammond, Indiana.

BP agrees to $500K penalty, soot limits at Indiana refinery
Environment

Deal halts Rockford airport's work that threatens prairie and bumble bees

With construction scheduled to resume Nov. 1, the non-profit conservation group that cares for the Bell Bowl Prairie struck a deal to temporarily halt bulldozers ready to expand Rockford Airport.

Deal halts Rockford airport's work that threatens prairie and bumble bees
Environment

Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office

Debra Shore, a wastewater treatment official in Chicago, will oversee EPA's Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, and oversees efforts to clean up the Great Lakes, industrial and agricultural pollution, and tainted drinking water.

Biden appoints Debra Shore to lead EPA Midwestern office