What’s with Our Water ? HOI Program Wednesday 7 p.m.

May 20, 2014

Dr. Cindy Skrukrud
Bring your questions and learn about what is going on state-wide with water pollution issues from Dr. Cindy Skrukrud, Clean Water Advocate for the Illinois Chapter Sierra Club.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 21st at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Forest Park Nature Center 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria

WHAT: A lot is going on in issues regarding our rivers and streams. Nutrient pollution from fertilizers and issues that affect our daily life from more severe rainfall events to drought are all part of what happens to our water supply. Half of the City of Peoria public water comes from the Illinois River. Bring your questions! Refreshments will be served. For more information phone 688-0950.


Endocrine Disruptors Round-Table Tomorrow April 20th, Noon to 2 p.m. at the Peoria UU Church

April 19, 2014

Meet a leading researcher on Endocrine Disruptors at the Peoria Families Against Toxic Waste Round-Table discussion, Sunday, April 20th, noon to 2p.m. at the Peoria Unitarian Church, 3000 W. Richwoods (west of Sterling). Stop by anytime between noon and 2 p.m.
Dr. Paul Winchester will be meeting with interested citizens.

They did it with tobacco and now with pesticides: denial after denial.

Leading researcher spells out the science, links pesticides and birth defects:

Atrazine, one of the most common pesticides used on corn in the Peoria area, is linked with birth defects, learning disabilities and other physical and neurological problems. It’s in our drinking water and our air, rain and snow. Dr. Paul Winchester, medical director of the NICU at St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis and a national authority on human health risks of endocrine disrupting chemicals, talks about his research showing atrazine applications correlate with higher rates of birth defects and learning disabilities. His presentation is free and open to the public: noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20th at the UU church.


HOI Program Wed., Jan. 15th, 7 p.m. “Dr. Mud to Parks”

January 9, 2014

River View

River View

Happy New Year !

Join with your Heart of Illinois Group Sierra Club friends at the first program meeting of the new year, Wednesday, January 15th, at 7 p.m. at the Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria.

John Marlin, best known as the “Doctor of Mud to Parks” for Illinois, is the program speaker. For years, John Marlin researched uses of dredged river muds for brownfield cover and other ways to utilize dredged materials.

His years of research and field trials and his observations of past and current projects will be included in his talk, along with comments on positive solutions for Illinois River siltation issues and the status of the Army Corps of Engineers constructed islands. Bring your questions!

The program is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information phone 688-0950.


More State Hearings Announced on Fracking Regulations: Decatur Is Included

November 20, 2013

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Additional Locations for state High Pressure Horizontal Fracturing for natural gas and oil proposed new rules Public Hearings Have Been Announced!

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced three additional public hearing locations for public comments on proposed regulations to implement provisions of the state’s new Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. Two central Illinois locations have been added and an additional southern Illinois location has been added. The full schedule is listed here.

Please plan to attend one of these hearings to speak out about your concerns. The proposed fracking regulations can be reviewed at the link below. These are very long regulations. You might consider selecting one or two aspects that concern you and focus on those. We expect IL Chapter Sierra Club to have a summary of issues by early next week for review before the hearings.

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Documents/ProposedOilandGas62-240.pdf

IL Department of Natural Resources Proposed Fracking Regulations Schedule of Public Comment Hearings:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
726 S. Halsted Street, Student Center East, Room 302
Chicago, IL 60607
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Rend Lake College Theater
468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846
View Map

Thursday, December 5, 2013
6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Holiday Inn Effingham, Hotel Ballroom
1301 Avenue of MidAmerica
Effingham, IL 62401
View Map

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Decatur Civic Center, Auditorium
#1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza
Decatur, IL 62523
View Map

Thursday, December 19, 2013
6:00pm-8:00pm (Doors open at 5:00pm)
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC)
Student Center, Ballroom B
1255 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
View Map

More information about the process can be found on the IDNR website

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilAndGas/Pages/default.aspx


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
6:30pm-8:30pm
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
726 S. Halsted Street, Student Center East, Room 302
Chicago, IL 60607

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:30pm-8:30pm
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

http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/HydraulicFracturing.aspx

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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.


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