Cost of Excessive Emissions: $500 Mil

Illiois Power has been slapped with a $500 Million bill for various Clean Air Act violations. It dosn’t get much harsher, though the fine comes on the eve of changes to legislation that could overhaul a great many tenets of the Act.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.