State Fracking Rules Comment Hearings Coming Up !

November 18, 2013

Save the DATES! Public Comment Hearings on Fracking Rules Announced:

The Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act was signed into law last June. Since then the Department of Natural Resources has been drafting the Administrative Rules for interpreting and implementing provisions of the statute. The Department filed the Rules at the Secretary of State’s Office and they were published in the November 15, 2013 edition of the Illinois Register. The 15th marks the commencement of the 45-day First Notice public comment period, which ends January 3, 2014.

Please note: Illinois Chapter Sierra Club will be sending another message next week outlining the weaknesses in the regulations and offering suggestions for key points for strengthening the regulations. In the meantime, please make note of the two public hearing dates and deadline for public comments.

Two public hearings have been scheduled for the following dates:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
726 S. Halsted Street, Student Center East, Room 302
Chicago, IL 60607

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Rend Lake College Theater
468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846

Your Illinois Chapter Sierra club has joined several other organizations requesting a third hearing in central Illinois and an additional hearing in Chicago that doesn’t fall within 2 days of a major holiday. If additional pubic hearing locations are scheduled we will post a notice as soon as possible.

In addition to attending a public hearing in person, please note that written comments on the proposed rulemaking may be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources until Friday, January 3, 2014.

Written comments should be mailed or delivered to the following address:

Robert G. Mool
Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield IL 62702-1271

Comments may be submitted electronically by visiting the Illinois Department of Natural Resources web site.
IDNR website is at

Additional Information Regarding the Rulemaking Process

First Notice. The general public can submit comment on the rulemaking proposal to the agency and a public hearing may or may not be held during this period. The agency can volunteer to hold a hearing or must conduct one at the request of the Governor, JCAR (Joint Committee on Administrative Rules), an association representing over 100 persons, 25 individuals, or a local government. Requests for hearing must be filed within 14 days after publication of the First Notice.

The agency can modify the rulemaking during First Notice by submitting a First Notice Changes document to JCAR when it gives Second Notice.

Second Notice. The Second Notice period commences upon the agency’s filing of the Second Notice with JCAR and lasts for a maximum of 45 days, unless extended for an additional 45 days by mutual agreement of JCAR and the agency. During the Second Notice Period, legislative review of the rules is conducted first by the JCAR staff and then at a meeting of the legislative members. JCAR reviews the proposed rules for statutory authority, propriety, standards for the exercise of discretion, economic effects, clarity, procedural requirements, technical aspects, etc.

Special Thanks to IL Chapter staff Terri Treacy for this update information.

Peoria League of Women Voters Hosts Talk on Air Issues and Edwards Power Plant Wednesday 6:30 p.m.

September 10, 2013

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Edwards Power Plant on Illinois River

Edwards Power Plant on Illinois River

Kady_2013HOI Sierra members are invited to attend the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria General Meeting on
Air Quality in Our Area,

September 11, 2013
6:30 PM
Peoria Public Library, North Branch
McKenzie Room
2001 W Grand Parkway
Peoria, IL 61615

If you have not yet heard Kady McFadden, Sierra Club, speak about the Edwards coal-fired power plant and air quality concerns for the Peoria
area, this is an opportunity you will not want to miss. Sierra Club is part of the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance, which is working for better and safer air and water for us all.

Have you ever wondered about the air quality in the Peoria area? Air pollution issues for the Peoria Illinois River Valley region and the impact of the Edwards power plant on air quality will be discussed, along with concerns for the future of the Edwards power plant.

The program will discuss health affects of sulfur dioxide air pollution and particulates from coal fired power plants, and the public health costs to our area. The Edwards power plant is currently owned by Ameren, however, a Texas corporation named Dynegy plans to take over the plant. Significant questions for this area include the Dynegy bankruptcy in 2012 and other management issues.

League of Women Voters is a member of the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance and is acting on national League policy regarding clean air concerns. Refreshments will be served. The meeting is free and the public is invited to attend.

Edwards Power Plant IL EPA Public Hearing August 7th in Pekin, 6 p.m.

August 2, 2013

Edwards Power Plant on the Illinois River

Edwards Power Plant on the Illinois River

We Need YOU !
HOI Sierra members are requested to attend the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency water
permit public hearing regarding the Ameren Edwards coal-fired power plant. Your presence is needed !

WHEN: Wednesday, August 7th, beginning at 6 p.m.

WHERE: at the Pekin Public Library, 301 South 4th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 (take Route 29 south from East Peoria to Pekin; continue straight in downtown until you are at the stop sign ” T ” intersection; turn right / west and watch for the library ahead on your left)

WHY: The Edwards power plant south of Bartonville can discharge over 4 million gallons of water a day into the Illinois River. There are no limits on the amount of mercury and many other heavy metals that are discharged into the river. Toxic metals also enter the river from discharges from the coal ash pond. We want heavy metals taken out of the plant discharges to the Illinois River and regular water testing for mercury and other pollutants.

The plant also discharges water that can be at higher temperatures than the river water. This thermal pollution can harm fish and other water-dwelling species. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency should require the best technology available at this plant to remedy the thermal pollution. Fish kills and other problems from heated water going into the river must be stopped. Fish and other river species are also killed when the plant pulls water in through intake systems from the river. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency should require that better procedures be used that stop fish kills at the intake areas. Such measures as closed-cycle cooling could end the thermal water pollution and the fish kills.

Come to the “Fish-less” Fish Fry to Signal Water Pollution Concerns Thursday, July 25th

July 10, 2013

atmospheric-emissions-mdFish-less Fish Fry !!

The Edwards plant in Bartonville is polluting our Peoria region river valley and neighborhoods and making our fish toxic.
Join us for a family-friendly picnic to learn more about the issue and how you can help advocate for clean water!

Thursday, July 25th, 6pm
Poplar Park in Peoria Heights
(off Galena Rd at the end of Poplar Lane – north of the Ivy Club)
**Free dinner will be served**
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Sorry, no fish. Instead, join us for free drinks, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and classic fish fry side dishes. We’ll eat and enjoy the view of our treasured Illinois River at Poplar Park in Peoria Heights.

After dinner, we’ll share more about the water pollution caused by our local Edwards coal-fired power plant. Come to learn about our campaign to retire this outdated plant, and how you can help ensure that Central Illinois has healthier water and air for years to come!

Summer means outdoor recreation: boating, fishing, and more. Sadly, our local coal plants are a major contributor to the health advisory warning against frequent consumption of mercury-laden Illinois River fish. Join us to learn about upcoming opportunities to advocate for cleaning up this plant’s deadly air and water emissions.
For more information phone 309-688-0950.

Environmental Health IS Your Health : “Living Downstream” Movie Opportunities

May 16, 2013

Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"

Sandra Steingraber, author of “Living Downstream”

Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance and Peoria Families Against Toxic Waste are sponsoring two showings of the fascinating movie ” Living Downstream.”
This one hour movie is a must-see for anyone concerned about the environment.
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Pekin Public Library, 301 S. Fourth St., Pekin

SUNDAY, MAY 19th, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Body Fitness, 3020 N. University, Peoria

Living Downstream is the story of Pekin native Sandra Steingraber, ecologist and cancer survivor. It provides a sobering look at the consequences of toxic chemicals in the environment – from the herbicide atrazine to industrial pollutants and persistent chemicals such as PCBs. It traces Sandra’s journey from her roots as a biologist questioning the conventional view of cancer as something to be treated and her evolving view of herself as a “cancer abolitionist.” In 2011, Sandra won the prestigious Heinz Prize for her environmental work.

We’ll watch the documentary and then have a short discussion, including updates about the current campaign to end toxic air and water pollution from the Edwards coal plant located in Bartonville.

Heart of Illinois Group Sierra Club is a member of Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance.

Rain Garden Workshop in Peoria

April 23, 2013

Spring 2013 Rain Garden

Workshop Description: Please join Prairie Rivers Network at the Peoria Library main branch for a rain garden workshop. Rain gardens are a beautiful landscape feature that helps remove pollution from stormwater, reduces flooding, and provides habitat for wildlife such as hummingbirds and butterflies. Attendees will leave the presentation with enough knowledge and resources to plant their own rain gardens. For more information, please visit

Peoria Rain Gardens Workshop

When: Saturday, May 4th 10-11:30 am

Where: Peoria Public Library, Main Conference Room reserved 9:30 to noon

Peoria Public Library
107 NE Monroe
Peoria, IL 61602-1070

Event Registration: Free,

Genetically Modified Foods and Health Concerns Film at ICC Tonight 6:30 p.m.

April 11, 2013

” Genetic Roulette”  Movie

When:  Thu, April 11, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where:  ICC East Peoria Campus, Performing Arts Center (map)

DescriptionIllinois Central College will host a free public screening of the documentary film “Genetic Roulette” by Jeffrey Smith at the Performing Arts Center.

Never-Before-Se​en-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestina​l disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Don’t miss this film!

This event is sponsored by the ICC Math, Science, and Engineering Department; the ICC Student Association for the Environment, the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, and the Peoria Are Families Against Toxic Waste.


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