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Date Issued
​Illinois EPA State Fair Exhibit Promotes Water Quality Education and Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
​August 11, 2022
Pritzker Administration Awards Over $1.6 Million in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Village of Hanover Park to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunities Program to Fund Implementation Project
​August 10, 2022
Gov. Pritzker Announces $21 Million in Funding for Infrastructure Projects in Cahokia Heights
$9.9 million grant for wastewater improvements will increase collection efficiency, preventing flood water from entering the sewer collection system
​August 3, 2022
Illinois EPA Director Seals Taylorville Kroger Grocery Store Due to Asbestos Contamination and Refers The Kroger Co. and SSI Services, LLC to the Illinois Attorney General's Office for Enforcement
Action Taken Following Improper Handling of Asbestos
​July 29, 2022
​​Illinois EPA Announces $4 Million in Funding to the City of Chicago to Replace Lead Service Lines
​July 27, 2022
​Illinois EPA Announces $4 Million in Funding to the City of Aurora to Replace Lead Service Lines
​July 27, 2022
​Pritzker Administration Announces Opening of Electric Vehicle Rebate Program for Illinois Residents
Program offers $4,000 rebate for purchase of an electric passenger vehicle or $1,500 rebate for purchase of an electric motorcycle
​July 1, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces more than $500,000 in Unsewered Communities Planning Grant Awards
Planning grants provide funding for Communities to develop plans addressing wastewater collection and treatment
​June 27, 2022
​Illinois EPA Announces $4 Million in Funding to the City of Rockford to Replace Lead Service Lines
​June 9, 2022
​Illinois Officials Remind Residents to Use Caution When Recreating in Illinois Waters and Be Aware of Harmful Algal Blooms
​June 9, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity for County Solid Waste Planning
$500,000 Available to Assist in Implementing Solid Waste Planning Obligations
​May 2, 2022
​Pritzker Administrations Focuses Remaining $84 Million Volkswagen Settlement Funding on Electric Transportation and Infrastructure
Illinois EPA submits revised Beneficiary Mitigation Plan to Trustee
​May 2, 2022
Illinois EPA Invests Over $182 Million in Wastewater and Drinking Water Projects in Third Quarter of FY22
Over $8.5 Million in Principal Forgiveness Granted to Loan Recipients
​April 29, 2022
​Four Science Students Receive Environmental Excellence Awards from Illinois EPA
​April 27, 2022
​Illinois EPA Refers LB Five, LLC, Series E to Attorney General for Enforcement
Action taken following release of gasoline from underground storage tanks
​April 11, 2022
Illinois EPA Refers Circle K to Attorney General for Enforcement
Action taken following release of gasoline and diesel fuel from a tanker truck in Madison County
​April 7, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces Nine Spring 2022 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
One-day collection events in addition to five long-term collection locations
​March 29, 2022
Illinois EPA Completes Statewide Sampling for Investigation into the Prevalence of PFAS in Drinking Water
Data Collected Will Aid in Future Development of Drinking Water Standards
​March 16, 2022
​Illinois EPA Announces More Than $750,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants for Low-Income Residential Projects
Grants Will Fund Energy Efficiency Improvement with an Estimated Energy Savings of over 662,000 kWhs annually
​March 14, 2022
​Illinois EPA Refers Marathon Pipe Line LLC to Attorney General for Enforcement
​March 11, 2022
Illinois EPA Refers MM Business Enterprises Inc. to Attorney General for Enforcement
​March 10, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces Nearly $4 Million in Funding to the City of Joliet to Replace Lead Service Lines
​March 4, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces $4 Million in Funding to the City of Elgin to Replace Lead Service Lines
​March 4, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces Over $1.7 Million in Funding to the City of Canton to Replace Lead Service Lines
​March 4, 2022
​Illinois EPA Invests Over $65.6 Million in Wastewater and Drinking Water Projects in Second Quarter of FY22
Over $3 Million in Principal Forgiveness Granted to Loan Recipients
​March 1, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces $3.7 Million in Funding to the Village of Itasca to Replace Lead Service Lines
February 16, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces Over $1.6 Million in Funding to the City of Sycamore to Replace Lead Service Lines
February 16, 2022
Illinois EPA Office of Energy Releases Third Round of Funding for Energy Efficiency Upgrades at Public Wastewater Treatment Plants
February 1, 2022
Pritzker Administration Awards Over $4.2 Million in Grants Providing 17 Electric School Buses in Chicagoland and Metro-East
Volkswagen Settlement Funding Prioritizes All-Electric Transportation and Infrastructure
January 19, 2022
Illinois EPA Notifies Watseka Community Water System of Right-to-Know Requirements
Vinyl Chloride detected; customers required to be notified
January 7, 2022
Illinois EPA Announces Second Notice of Funding Opportunity for Unsewered Communities Planning Grants
December 20, 2021
Illinois EPA Files Administrative Rules to Create First Illinois Groundwater Quality Standards for PFAS Chemicals
The Proposed Rulemaking Incorporates Comments Submitted through Public Outreach
December 13, 2021
Pritzker Administration Announces over $16.8 Million in Grants for New Wastewater Infrastructure
Five Illinois Communities to Receive Funding Through Illinois EPA Unsewered Communities Construction Grant
December 8, 2021
Illinois EPA Completes Used Tire Collection in St. Clair County Over 110 Tons of Tires Collected
November 18, 2021
Illinois EPA Invests Over $29 Million in Wastewater and Drinking Water Projects in First Quarter of FY22
Over $5 Million in Principal Forgiveness Granted to Loan Recipients
November 17, 2021
Illinois EPA and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Introduce 5th-6th Grade Online Curriculum Focusing on Energy
Annual Poster, Poetry, and Prose Contest to Follow Unit
November 9, 2021
Illinois EPA Announces New Long-Term Household Hazardous Waste Collection Location
Madison County Establishing and Supporting New Facility
November 4, 2021
Illinois EPA Announces Grant Opportunity to Fund Energy Efficiency Projects at Low-Income Residential Properties
Awards Will Fund Projects in Municipal and Coop Electric Territories and Prioritize Environmental Justice Areas
October 19, 2021
Illinois EPA Awards $156,000 Grant to American Farmland Trust
Advancing Water Quality Goals in the Illinois Vermilion Headwaters Watershed
September 30, 2021
Illinois Officials Release Third Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report
Advancements Made in All Sectors, Much Work Remains
September 16, 2021
Illinois EPA Announces Fall 2021Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
August 19, 2021
Illinois EPA State Fair Exhibit to Feature What Households Can Do to Help the Environment
August 11, 2021
Illinois EPA Releases Results of Rockton Private Well Sampling Showing Private Wells Not Impacted By Metals Detected in Groundwater Monitoring Wells
Source of the monitoring well contamination remains unknown
August 3, 2021
Illinois EPA Issues Health Advisory for Perfluorononanoic Acid (PFNA)
Chemical identified through Illinois Statewide PFAS Investigation
July 27, 2021
Illinois EPA Sampling Detects Elevated Metals in Groundwater Monitoring Wells at Former Beloit Corporation Superfund Site in Rockton
Source of the contamination currently unknown; private well sampling being initiated
July 22, 2021
Illinois EPA Refers Marathon Pipe Line LLC, Henrichs Drainage, Inc. and Brad Orr to Attorney General for Enforcement
Action taken following release of gasoline from a pipeline in Iroquois County
July 21, 2021
Rockton Fire Sample Tests Confirm Air and Water Quality Are Safe
Affected residents encouraged to participate in on-going health survey
July 9, 2021
Illinois EPA Notifies North Park Public Water District of Right-to-Know Requirements
Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) contamination detected below drinking water standard; customers required to be notified
July 8, 2021
Illinois EPA Refers Superior Battery Inc. to Attorney General for Enforcement
Action taken following lithium battery fire in Morris
July 1, 2021
Important Information for Residents Returning Home Following ChemTool Evacuation
Air, Water, Soil, Surface Testing Progress Available online
June 18, 2021
Illinois Officials Confirm Algal Bloom on Portions of the Illinois River
Residents should use caution when recreating and be aware of blue-green algae
June 17, 2021
Illinois EPA Refers Chemtool, Inc. to Attorney General for Enforcement
Action taken following chemical fire in Rockton
June 15, 2021
Illinois Officials Caution Residents Recreating in Illinois Lakes or Rivers to be Aware of Cyanobacteria (Blue-green Algae)
June 8, 2021
Illinois EPA Refers Phillips 66 Company to Attorney General for Enforcement
Action taken following sulfuric acid release in Hartford and Wood River
June 6, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $83,479 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the City of Rolling Meadows to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
June 3, 2021
Illinois EPA Awards $1 Million Grant to Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
Grant to complete Robbins rain garden and riparian restoration project at Midlothian Creek
May 20, 2021
Mobile Vaccination Sites Available at Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Residents can dispose of hazardous wastes and receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

May 18, 2021
Illinois EPA Announces $1 Million in Grant Awards for Unsewered Communities
Planning Grants to provide funding for communities to develop plans to address wastewater collection and treatment
May 17, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $164,596 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Village of Elmwood Park to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
May 14, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $611,250 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Village of Calumet Park to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
May 14, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $682,467 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the City of Berwyn to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
May 14, 2021
Illinois EPA Office of Energy invests $750,000 in the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund
Funding made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy
May 13, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $90,679 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Village of Richton Park to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
May 5, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $492,338 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Village of Flossmoor to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
May 5, 2021
Pritzker Administration Announces Revised, Electric Volkswagen Settlement Funding Plan and $9 Million Grant Opportunity for Electric School Buses
Plan Redirects Remaining $88.6 Million to Electric Transportation and Infrastructure Projects
April 29, 2021
Illinois EPA Issues Health Advisory for Perfluorooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS) and an Updated Health Advisory for Perfluorobutanesulfonic Acid (PFBS)
April 15, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $605,300 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the City of St. Charles to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
April 15, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $204,000 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the Rockford Park District to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
April 15, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $195,500 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to the City of Monmouth to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
April 15, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $207,751 in Rebuild Illinois Capital Funding to HeartLands Conservancy to Address Stormwater Runoff
Illinois EPA Green Infrastructure Grant Opportunity program to fund implementation project
April 15, 2021
Pritzker Administration Awards $919,869 to Develop a Watershed Plan to Help Address Flooding in Cahokia Heights
Illinois EPA awards grant to HeartLands Conservancy for community endorsed watershed-based plan
March 23, 2021
Illinois EPA Announces Spring Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events for 2021
March 18, 2021
Illinois EPA Awards $420,000 to Sangamon County Soil and Water Conservation District
Water Quality Improvements Continue in Lake Springfield Watershed
February 18, 2021
Illinois EPA Awards $106,613 to Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District for Update of the 2011 Embarras River Watershed Management Plan
February 18, 2021
Illinois EPA Issues Health Advisories for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Accordance with Illinois Groundwater Regulations
January 28, 2021