Monthly Public Radio Programs
The IEPA is no longer producing this monthly programs, but you can still listen to the earlier ones.
From 2000 to 2004, each month the IEPA produced and narrated a radio show dealing
with current environmental issues being dealt with in Illinois.
The show was broadcast each month as part of a feature in the WUIS
91.9 FM-Springfield Living
in Illinois program. The feature could be heard first on
the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. with a rebroadcast
the following Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Living
in Illinois also aired on WSIU 91.9 FM-Carbondale on the
fourth Saturday of the month at 6:30 a.m.
Program Titles and Descriptions
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- October —Idling
Gets You Nowhere
- The direct exposure of children to particulate matter emissions,
resulting from the combustion of diesel fuel, led to the creation
of the Illinois Clean School Bus Program last year. The Clean
School Bus Program provides funding to assist schools and
school districts to reduce emissions from diesel-powered school
buses. But perhaps the easiest thing that schools can do to
reduce emissions is to create and enforce an anti-idling policy.
Hear from school districts in Illinois who have taken a pro-active
approach to stop school bus idling.
- September — Revitalization
- One of the most important elements of addressing a Brownfield
in a community is in the initial creation of a vision for
the community and then making a commitment to that vision.
Both the rural Town of Gillespie and the urban Village of
Morton Grove were successful in the cleanup and redevelopment
of their Brownfields properties. These two communities share
their experiences with the process of redevelopment and offer
advice to other communities facing similar challenges.
- August — Pollution
Prevention Internship Program
- Each year, the Illinois EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention
recruits upper-level university students to work on projects
during the summer with the purpose of helping industries and
business to identify, research and incorporate energy efficient
technologies and practices into their workplace. Interns and
sponsors talk about their experiences and the many benefits
gained from participating in the program.
- June — Ohio
- The Ohio River Sweep, an annual 3000-mile riverbank cleanup
for the Ohio River and its tributaries, marked its 16th anniversary
this year and has grown into one of the largest cleanup events
of its kind. In Illinois, the Sweep accounts for 133 miles
of shoreline. Learn about the efforts of volunteers at Ft.
Massac State Park in Metropolis and how you can do your part
to help clean up next year!
- May — Illinois
Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair
- For the 2nd consecutive year, the Illinois EPA took part in
the Illinois State Science Fair to judge and award middle
and high school student projects related to the protection
and care of the environment. This program includes interviews
with two of the Environmental Excellence Award winners and
highlights the Illinois EPA's support and encouragement of
students to continue their interest in the environment.
- April — Freeport's
- The Rawleigh Complex, poised dramatically at the edge of Freeport's
downtown, is an abandoned 450,000-square-foot manufacturing
facility. Today, since the immediate environmental issues
have been largely mitigated, Freeport has refocused its energies
on returning the Rawleigh Complex site back to productive
use, providing a tax base and jobs for the city once again.
Find out how this Illinois community used public participation
as part of developing a creative reuse for the property.
- March — Hartford
Basement Vapor Problem
- Refining, storage and transport of petroleum products via
pipeline have dominated industrial activity in Hartford for
many decades. Unfortunately, this long history of refining
operations is accompanied by an equally long history of petroleum
releases from the pipelines and on-site facilities that has
resulted in a multitude of problems for northeast Hartford
residents. This program explores the history of refinery activities
and what the Illinois and U.S. EPA, and responsible industries,
are doing to help local residents deal with concerns.
- February — Used
Tire Program & IMES Program
- According to the most recent data, landfill capacity in the
state remains adequate with an average of 13 years of space
remaining. While 13 years of space may not sound like much,
capacity has improved significantly since the early 90's when
only six to seven years of landfill area remained in Illinois.
This increase in space is due in part to the vigorous recycling
efforts of municipalities and citizens, in addition to several
programs administered by the Illinois EPA that divert waste
from landfills. Learn about the Used Tire Program and the
Industrial Material Exchange Service, two IEPA efforts that
reduce the amount of unnecessary waste going into state landfills.
- January — Household
- When you look in your garage, under your sink, or in the
basement or shed, do you see lots of old paint cans, jugs
of used motor oil and antifreeze, unwanted pesticides, containers
of dirty paint thinner, and other unusable household chemicals?
When certain household chemicals are not used up they can
become household hazardous waste. This program offers tips
for use, storage and disposal of these products and spotlights
the IEPA Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.
- December — Illinois
Clean School Bus Program
- This show highlights a multi-faceted program aimed at replacing
diesel-powered school busses with cleaner models that will
result in a healthier environment for Illinois' school children
and communities. Interviews with BP and International representatives,
IEPA Director Renee Cipriano and the State of Illinois Superintendent
of Schools are included.
- November — World
Water Monitoring Day
- In 2003, the Chicago Botanic Garden welcomed Illinois volunteers,
high-school scientists, students and others in celebrating
the 1st annual World Water Monitoring Day. World Water Monitoring
Day was created as a means to introduce people to the importance
of personal involvement in the monitoring of their local streams,
lakes and wetlands. Find out who is getting involved and how
you too can become a citizen monitor!
- October — Phytoremediation
- Everyone knows that plants provide oxygen, as well as food
for humans and animals alike. But what may not be known is
that plants can help clean up pollution in the environment.
Phytoremediation is a new technology being used around the
world as an alternative method in toxic site remediation.
A forestry consultant, an IEPA project manger, and a BP representative
discuss this innovative use of plants.
- September — Alternative
Uses For Landscape Waste
- Did you know that during the summer and fall months, collected
landscape debris can account for more than 50% of the waste
stream? There are alternatives to burning and bagging grass
and leaves, and this program discusses mulching, mowing, and
composting methods used on both the large and the small scale.
Bottles and cans aren't the only things being recycled these
- August — Pollution
Prevention (P2) Intern Program
- Each summer, upper-level university students work on projects
to help companies identify, research and incorporate pollution
prevention technologies and practices. The program, facilitated
by the Illinois EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention, employs
students as temporary full-time employees of the sponsoring
facility. Students and Employers explain how the P2 program
has helped Illinois businesses save millions of dollars and
reduce environmental releases by over 200,000 pounds.
- July — Biodiesel
- Biodiesel is a fuel of the future that is already benefiting
air quality and the economy of Illinois. Made from soybeans,
often grown by Illinois farmers and using technologies and
manufacturing in Illinois, Illinois EPA is encouraging the
use of biodiesel in transit buses, school buses and other
vehicle. Biodiesel reduces hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and
particulate emissions and eliminates sulfates from the tailpipes
of diesel-burning vehicles. The program includes an interview
with Director Cipriano, as well as Chicago metro area industry
leaders, vendors and municipal leaders.
- May — Recycling
- More than 5 million tons of useful materials are kept out
of landfills every year because of recycling. So where does
it go? Consumers are now purchasing products that are made
out of recycled commodities: green soda bottles are made into
carpet, plastic bags and milk jugs make plastic lumber. Learn
about the three-fold benefits of recycling and how worms do
their part, too!
- April — Kids
And The Environment
- Students throughout the Capital city and its surrounding
communities are participating in projects at school to learn
about the environmental and what they can do to help keep
it healthy. Projects range from gardening and composting with
worms, to community service and recycling programs. Find out
how area teachers combine these experiences with traditional
curriculums, and how students are responding to this integrated
- March — West
- Since 1999, WNV has been detected in humans, horses, birds,
or mosquitoes in 47 states and the District of Columbia. While
less than 1% of people bitten by infected mosquitoes develop
serious complications from the virus, everyone needs to protect
themselves to minimize the risk of spread and infection. Specialists
from the Illinois Department of Health and the IEPA discuss
the causes of outbreaks and ways to avoid the West Nile Virus
risk. Fight the Bite!
- February — Methane
Gas At Landfills
- Who would think that the garbage people throw away every
day can eventually create electricity? Open landfills throughout
the state are capturing methane in their collection systems
and converting it to electricity. Even closed landfills are
being considered as untapped sources of energy. Learn how
garbage turns into gas, and the future hope for this form
of Green Energy.
- January — Solar
- Springfield is home to a solar-powered convenience store
owned and operated by the BP Corporation, one of over 300
BP retail sites worldwide that have been built or retrofitted
with solar panels. But, it's not the only place in Springfield
that has incorporated solar power. This program provides interviews
with state and local agencies regarding the use of solar power
within the Capital city, and the financial assistance that
is available to encourage using renewable energy sources.
- December — Mercury
- All forms of mercury are fairly toxic. Exposure to mercury
can cause stomach problems, skin rashes, and can have serious
effects on the central nervous system. Find out how Illinois
Green schools protect their students and faculty by getting
rid of mercury and other hazardous educational wastes in the
- November — Green
- Green Illinois is designed to increase awareness and promote
efforts to reduce waste, use alternative fuels, improve energy
efficiency, and generally use products and procedures that
are environmentally sustainable and economically efficient.
This program highlights the following initiatives: Green Youth
Awards, Green Demonstration Grant Program, Green Schools,
and Green Government Awards. Learn about a 15 year old from
Newton who took the challenge and designed and built a 5-acre
wetland on her family's farm.
- October — The
Year of Clean Water
- October 18, 2002 was the 30th anniversary of the signing of
the Clean Water Act. This landmark legislation, with a goal
of making the nation's water fishable, swimmable and drinkable,
helped to make significant strides in the improvement of water
quality in Illinois. Illinois EPA representatives discuss
past and present water quality, and talk about the challenges
of the future.
- September — Wood
- The former BP/Amoco refinery site in Wood River was designated
in 2001 by USEPA as one of only five Resource Conservation
Recovery Act Brownfield Pilot Projects in the nation. The
ongoing cleanup and redevelopment of the site, a result of
collaboration between the private and public sectors, has
resulted in a successful "Brownfields" showcase
project. Find out how this site went from a contaminated status
to a community possibility.
- August — Green
Pays on Green Days
- The Illinois EPA and the Partners for Clean Air co-sponsor
the Green Pays on Green Days program as an educational initiative
to target individual citizens to reduce air pollution in the
Greater Chicagoland area. This program looks at ways that
individual contributions and responsible actions can benefit
the environment for generations to come. Interviews with Illinois
EPA director Renee Cipriano are included.
- July — Centralia
- In 1998, Illinois EPA identified orphaned landfill sites as
critical environmental problems that needed to be addressed.
The Centralia landfill is one of 33 landfills that no longer
accepted waste but was never properly closed. Significant
erosion and exposed wastes allowed rainwater and ponded water
to infiltrate the landfill and contaminate groundwater and
nearby streams. Learn what steps were taken to clean-up the
situation at Centralia, as well as 2 other nearby abandoned
- June — Green
- Green building uses cutting-edge techniques that conserve
natural resources, increase energy efficiency, and improve
the workplace environment. This program interviews architects,
engineers and other state agency representatives who support
the "green" building movement, and offer suggestions
on what kinds of products and applications are being utilized
in current projects.
- May — Earth
- During the month of April, Illinois EPA sponsored and participated
in various environmental events including Earth Day, Earth
Awareness Fair, Earth Stewardship Day, and the Partners for
Clean Air Breakfast. This show features interviews with those
involved in the various proceedings.
- April — Green
- The Illinois Green Fleets program recognizes businesses and
government units throughout Illinois that have implemented
clean, alternative fuels into their fleet operations. In order
to qualify, a fleet must have alternative fuel vehicles (AFV's)
as a portion of its vehicles and alternative fuel must be
used. Find out who is involved in the program and why citizens
should consider using alternative fuels as well.
- March — Green
- Governor George Ryan signed executive orders while in office
directing state agencies to incorporate environmentally sustainable
practices into day-to-day operations. This program spotlights
the Green Illinois initiative and it's two components: Green
Government and Green Communities. Some efforts include paper
recycling, driving flexible fuel vehicles and using compact
fluorescent light bulbs.
- February — Unsewered
Community Grant Program
- A look at the Unsewered Community Grant Program, a program
that will financially help communities throughout Illinois
replace existing polluting septic systems with sewage treatment
- January — The
Brownfields Phoenix Award
- This award was created in 1997 to honor groups that develop
Brownfields sites across the nation. Winners are chosen on
a regional basis and then compete for the grand prize at the
National Annual Brownfields Conference. An Illinois project,
the Alton Center Business Park, won a Phoenix Community Impact
Award in 2001 and is highlighted in this show.
- December — Brownfields
- One of the key pieces to completing a successful Brownfield
(an abandoned and/or underused industrial or commercial property)
is to get a developer on board from the beginning. City of
Lockport Mayor Frank Mitchell provides an interview talking
about the hands-on approach that he and the city have taken
to bring in developers for their projects.
- November — Washington
Park Shoreline Restoration
- The shorelines of the lagoons and streambanks in Washington
Park, located in the heart of Springfield), had fallen victim
to erosion over the last 100 years. Hear how the Illinois
EPA and the Springfield Park District teamed up to some the
unsightly problem using geo-textiles, native plantings and
- October — Public
Water Supply "Radio Nuclide" Compliance
- Public water suppliers in Illinois were required by law to
comply with the Federal Radio Nuclide ruling by December 2003.
This show discusses the lengthy process, the cost of complying
with the rule, treatment options and how the city of DeKalb
overcame these obstacles while coming into compliance.
- September — Beck
Area Career Center
- Hecker, Illinois is home to a one of a dozen former Nike Hercules
Missile sites located across the state. Besides being a part
of Illinois' cold war history, the site has also housed the
Beck Area Career Center since 1972. The Center has made use
of the intact facility and offers educational programs for
three surrounding counties. This program focuses on the transition
of the former military site to a unique community asset.
- August — Motorola/Green
- The Green Fleet Expo was held for the 2nd year at Motorola
campuses across the state. The purpose of the on-going program
is to educate Motorola employees on the newest potentials
in alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. Representatives
from GM, Illinois EPA, Nicor, and others were on hand to answer
questions concerning fuel options, tax incentives, and benefits
to the environment. Interviews with these professionals are
- July — U.S.
Coast Guard Vessel of Opportunity
- What if there was an oil spill on the Illinois or the Mississippi
River? We can rest assured that if an oil spill should occur,
both federal and state officials have a clean up plan prepared.
Learn about an interesting set of demonstrations conducted
by the Illinois DOT, Illinois DNR, Illinois EPA, and U.S.
Coast Guard that showed off the latest in oil containment
and recovery equipment.
- May — Prairie
Restoration on Capped Landfills
- An advantage of planting prairie forbs on capped landfills
is that once the plants become established their long roots
hold the soil in place and virtually eliminate erosion. The
Illinois EPA used this alternative method of maintaining landfills
in Taylorville. Interviews with prairie restoration specialists,
environmental protection specialists, and IEPA project managers
share the story of the planting and annual burning of former
landfills, and the resulting effective and inexpensive alternative
to maintaining them.
- April — Beardstown
Ameren CIPS Cleanup
- What would be your reaction if a utility company announced
that they were going to remove potentially hazardous material
from the ground in your community? Chances are you would have
many questions. Ameren CIPS, an electrical provider in Cass
County, made such an announcement to the residents of Beardstown,
Illinois. This program talks with company representatives,
community residents, and Illinois EPA project managers about
the remediation efforts.
- February — Southeast
Chicago "Cluster Sites"
- The Illinois EPA uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology
to accurately locate specific areas on a site that may not
easily be distinguished by reference points to determine areas
that are in need of testing for contamination. Learn about
the use of GPS in the remediation of six sites in the Chicago
area, and hear from field staffers and Agency director Tom
- January — Used
- In the mid 1990's, the Illinois General Assembly banned the
disposal of used tires in Illinois landfills. The main reason
was to help contain the spread of the Asian tiger mosquito,
but it was also recognized that tires could provide a significant
economic opportunity for recycling. Todd Marvel, Manager of
the Illinois EPA Used Tire Program, offers important information
on the topic.
- December — Dealing
- In late July 2000, an abundance of accidental mercury spills
were discovered in a number of homes in the Chicago area.
The problem was the result of the removal and replacement
of outdated mercury-containing gas regulators. This program
deals with the mercy discovery, and the subsequent involvement
by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the IEPA and
- November — Consumer
- All people have the right to know what is in their drinking
water and where it comes from. The Consumer Confidence Report
provides an opportunity for water suppliers to educate consumers
about the sources and quality of their drinking water and
to involve them in decisions about it. Did you read yours
this year? (Hint: It came with the water bill.) Professionals
talk about misunderstandings concerning what the report is
and why it is important for you to be aware of it.
- September — Western
Lion Landfill Remediation
- Thirty-three "orphan" landfills that no longer accept
waste but were never properly sealed and closed were identified
last year by Illinois EPA as a critical environmental problem
that needed to be addressed. The legislature appropriated
the funds and Governor Ryan signed the funding measure including
$50 million in the Illinois FIRST program for tackling problems.
Learn about what is being done at the abandoned Western Lion
and Service Disposal #1 Landfill sites in Coles County.
- August — Governor's
- A program developed by former Director Mary Gade and Governor
Jim Edgar, the GEC Summer Internship provides opportunities
for college student to get a valuable first-hand knowledge
of issues and careers in the environmental field through work
experience with the Illinois EPA. Additionally, interns participate
in team-building exercises and tour facilities that the Agency
regulates. This program talks to interns about their summer
- May — Earth
- Earth Stewardship Day is a chance for 4th graders throughout
Sangamon County to learn about the importance of the Earth's
environment and resources. Held annually at the State Fairgrounds,
students play games and listen to presenters from the sponsoring
state agencies, as well as local and county groups. Students,
teachers and event coordinators talk about the unique learning
- April — Glenview
Naval Air Station
- The remediation of closed military bases returns otherwise
unusable property back into usable land, as well as providing
employment resulting in economic revitalization of communities.
The former Glenview Naval Air Station, a property with over
1300 acres, was one of the first and most successful remediation
efforts of its kind in the United States. A brief history
of the base is covered and interviews explain the IEPA's role
in the project.
- March — Illegal
- Open dumpsites found throughout Illinois at the bottom of
ravines, in abandoned lots, and along roadsides can threaten
the health of humans, wildlife and the environment. If allowed
to remain, they often grow larger and attract more dumping
by others. Learn how local law enforcement officials and the
Illinois EPA deal with this problem and hear from a former
"dumper" on the fines and punishment imposed for
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