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Thom Cmar, NRDC alum, Chicago

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New Ohio Fracking Waste Underground Injection Rules Still Second Class

Posted August 15, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This afternoon I filed a technical comment letter with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) on behalf of NRDC and ten other organizations and individuals regarding the changes that ODNR is making to its rules governing the disposal of...continued

Fracking Illini? New NRDC report points to issues around chemical disclosure

Posted July 26, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution

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NRDC is releasing a new analysis of requirements in states across the country that oil and gas companies disclose the chemicals they use in fracking. Here in Illinois, high-volume fracking may be coming this year, but we currently have no...continued

Fracking Chemical Disclosure in Ohio: New report points to problems

Posted July 26, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution

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NRDC is releasing a new analysis today of requirements in states across the country that oil and gas companies disclose the chemicals they use in fracking. The report evaluates the states’ rules for disclosure of chemicals used in fracking fluids,...continued

Canadian Asian Carp Study Ups the Ante: Fewer Than 10 Pairs of Carp May Be Enough to Overrun the Great Lakes

Posted July 12, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans released a long-awaited risk assessment of the likelihood of Asian carp surviving and spreading in the Great Lakes should they successfully infiltrate Lake Michigan through the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS).  Much...continued

For the Third Straight Year, Army Corps Finds New Asian Carp eDNA Results Near Lake Michigan

Posted June 18, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today I discovered that, ten days ago, the Army Corps posted on its web site new environmental DNA (or “eDNA”) test results detecting the presence of Asian carp near Lake Michigan.  This is apparently the first set of eDNA results...continued

Power Plant Mercury Emissions Poisoning the Great Lakes

Posted June 8, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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This week we released a report, Poisoning the Great Lakes: Mercury Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants in the Great Lakes Region, which highlights the impacts of mercury emissions from Great Lakes power plants on the people, fish, birds, and...continued

Illinois Must Address Risks From Fracking

Posted June 1, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Illinois General Assembly just wrapped up a contentious session that left some major bills addressing the state’s economic woes unfinished.  But while most eyes were on chippy debates over pension reform, a major environmental bill with massive economic implications...continued

Ohio fracking bill does not go far enough to protect human health and the environment

Posted May 19, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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A modern-day gold rush is on in Ohio.  Oil and natural gas locked up in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations has attracted billions in investment from oil and gas companies ready to use new horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing,...continued

NRDC Taking Legal Steps to Protect the Great Lakes from Toxic Algal Blooms

Posted March 14, 2012 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, U.S. Law and Policy

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You know you’ve got a big problem on your hands when you can see it from space. Today, NRDC and a large coalition of partner organizations announced the filing of two separate legal actions to put pressure on the U.S....continued

Army Corps: "Your Comments Are Important To Us. We'll Get Back To You in Four Years."

Posted September 9, 2011 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The Army Corps announced today the release of three separate reports related to the ongoing Asian carp invasion of Lake Michigan, as I blogged about here.  The report that is likely to get the least public attention out of the...continued

Army Corps Peer Review Should Put eDNA Skepticism To Rest

Posted September 9, 2011 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The Army Corps announced today the release of three separate reports related to the ongoing Asian carp invasion of Lake Michigan.  Much of the Corps’ announcement contained familiar refrains, most notably the Corps’ continued emphatic assertion that its electric fish...continued

Fishing for an Asian Carp Needle in a Haystack

Posted August 3, 2011 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The state and federal agencies who collectively participate in the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee have all gone fishin’ this week.  It may be August, but this isn’t a pleasure trip:  they are looking for live Asian carp in Lake...continued

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attack on Great Lakes States' Ballast Water Standards

Posted July 25, 2011 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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On Friday, we won another legal battle in the fight to bring protective ballast water standards to the Great Lakes!  The federal appeals court in Washington, DC denied a legal challenge by ports and shipping interests to U.S. EPA’s Clean...continued

Army Corps Posts New Positive eDNA Results for Asian Carp Near Lake Michigan

Posted July 20, 2011 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today I discovered that the Army Corps this week posted on its web site new environmental DNA (or “eDNA”) test results detecting the presence of Asian carp near Lake Michigan.  The results reported are from eDNA tests done this summer,...continued

Army Corps Releases Draft Asian Carp Report: Why Was It Kept A Secret For So Long?

Posted May 11, 2011 by Thom Cmar in Curbing Pollution, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week the Army Corps finally released the original draft of its report showing that its electric fish fence does not appear to stop small Asian carp from swimming past it and into the Chicago waterway system – and,...continued

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