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Property Owners May Sue When Government’s Actions Temporarily Floods Property

Posted by Dave Scriven-Young on July 11, 2016 12:45 pm
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, in Hampton v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, that property owners may recover compensation under the Illinois Takings Clause when government action results in temporary flooding of their properties.  The Plaintiffs sued the MWRD, which is responsible for stormwater management, alleging that their properties were flooded and their sewers backed up when the MWRD took actions in the face of a heavy rainfall.

Illinois Pollution Control Board Continues Environmental Rulemaking & Decisions

Posted by Dave Scriven-Young on February 27, 2016 2:41 pm
Yesterday, the Illinois Pollution Control Board published its January 2016 Environmental Register, which summarizes the Board's actions with regard to rulemaking and decisions in environmental lawsuits.  The Board remains very active on the regulatory front regarding water pollution, especially concerning the public water supply and surface water discharges.  The Environmental Register also trumpets the Second District Court of Appeals' ruling that affirmed the Board's administrative citation against a business for open dumping of litter and general construction or demolition debris.  It appears that the Board remains a hardworking group of professionals in a very tough political climate.

New Law #1: Waiver of Utility Deposit Requirements for Domestic Abuse Victims

Posted by Dave Scriven-Young on February 9, 2016 12:46 pm
Concluding our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws that took effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0420, which requires that utilities waive deposit requirements on new accounts for 60 days for documented domestic abuse victims.

New Law #2: Restrictions on Disposal of Remediation Waste from Manufactured Gas Plants

Posted by Dave Scriven-Young on January 13, 2016 3:37 pm
Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0365, which requires that waste from the remediation of a manufactured gas plant site must be disposed in a permitted hazardous waste disposal site, unless analysis demonstrates that the waste does not exceed regulatory levels.

Asbestos Analysis Quoted in Legal Newsline Article

Posted by Dave Scriven-Young on January 12, 2016 4:35 pm
I'm pleased to announce that my recent post concerning the Folta v. Ferro Engineering decision by the Illinois Supreme Court has been quoted in an article by Legal Newsline.  Legal Newsline is an Internet-based newswire dedicated to 24/7 coverage of state supreme courts and state attorneys general.  You can read my original post here, and to the Legal Newsline article here.

New Law #3: DNR Determines Whether New Oil & Gas Leases Are Operative

Posted by Dave Scriven-Young on January 12, 2016 1:51 pm
Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0138, which allows the Department of Natural Resources to determine if oil and gas leases submitted with permit applications are operative because prior leases have terminated due to nondevelopment or nonproduction.

New Law #4: Changes to Payments Under Oil and Gas Rights Act

Posted by Dave Scriven-Young on January 11, 2016 12:08 pm
Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0129, which adjusts how proceeds from the sale of oil or gas production from an oil or gas well may be made.

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