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November 2007

Illinois EPA director awarded highest environmental honor

Douglas P. Scott, director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA), was awarded the 2007 Keep Illinois Beautiful Environmental Vision Award for his outstanding environmental leadership.

The Environmental Vision Award is deemed the highest award given by the Keep Illinois Beautiful Board of Directors, whose members voted unanimously that Scott was worthy of receiving the award for his efforts protecting and cleaning up the air, land and water throughout the state.

Since becoming director of the Illinois EPA, Scott has helped make Illinois a leader in environmental protection. He has continued to expand the progressive environmental initiatives thereby further protecting the health of the environment and the people of Illinois.

Scott is currently serving as chair of the Illinois Climate Change Advisory Group, a group comprised of business leaders, labor unions, the energy and agricultural industries, scientists, environmental and consumer groups from throughout the state, which have successfully identified 24 strategies to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gases and meet Gov. Blagojevich’s greenhouse gas emissions goals.

Under Scott’s leadership, the Illinois EPA also saw through to approval the Governor’s Mercury Reduction Plan, which dramatically improves water and air quality, and protects public health by dramatically slashing mercury, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from the three largest coal-fired power plant companies in Illinois: Midwest Generation, Ameren, and Dynegy. The agreements include commitments to shut down three of the oldest, least efficient boiler units, leading to a reduction of over 2 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.