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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is reminding residents to take care when disposing Christmas lights. 

James Jennings is the manager of the waste reduction and compliance section. He said they are recyclable but shouldn’t be put in a regular curbside bin. That’s because in a regular recycling stream they could gum up the works.

The Illinois Pollution Control Board determined an energy company is responsible for contaminating groundwater with coal ash in four Illinois communities. 

Illinois EPA Unveils New Recycling Guide

Nov 21, 2018
Claire Buchanan

Can plastic utensils be recycled? Where can you take electronics for recycling? The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new online tool to answer questions just like those.

The new interactive tool was developed by the state EPA along with representatives from local governments and recycling centers.

Illinois EPA’s James Jennings worked on the tool. He says it was created to address recycling contamination in the state.

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Illinois EPA Director Alec Messina announced the completion of a forced waste tire removal in Rockford.

More than 4,600 tons of waste tires were removed from S.T.A.R. Used Tire Disposal, a former commercial used tire processing facility.

The facility operated in violation of the Environmental Protection Act and Illinois Pollution Control Board regulations for more than a decade. S.T.A.R. did not respond to a removal notice from the Illinois EPA, prompting the forced removal.

Leaf Burning Ban Is Rejected In Rock Falls

Apr 19, 2017
McHenry County Health Department

An ordinance to ban burning of leaves and other yard waste in Rock Falls failed at a city council meeting.  

The ban had strong support from Mayor Bill Wescott as well as residents with health problems exacerbated by the burning of yard waste.  However, reports that Ald. Jim Schuneman believed the ordinance was rushed through council and went against the wishes of residents who filled out surveys on the subject several years ago. 

A number of local governments across Illinois are getting money to inspect pollution-control facilities and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.

Illinois EPA Probes Landfill Leak

Jan 16, 2014

The Illinois EPA continues to look into this week's incident at Cortland Elementary School.

Redness, foam in area rivers rare but OK

Jun 27, 2012

If you’ve been worried about foam and a red cast in some of the branches of the Kishwaukee and Rock Rivers,you can relax.

It is not, according to the Illinois EPA, due to some unreported industrial or agricultural release. The EPA says investigations have determined that these are rare but natural occurrences. In this case, weather and water conditions in northwestern Illinois have been just right to promote growth of a particular type of algae.