News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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Archive for November, 2009
  • IEPA Investigates Former Toastmaster Site in Algonquin

    Posted by on November 29, 2009
    According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune and an Illinois EPA fact sheet, IEPA is investigating soil and groundwater contamination east of the former Toastmaster property at 401 Washington St. in Algonquin, bordered by the Prairie Trail bike path to the west and south, Towne Park to the north, and Route 31 to the east.  The property was historically used for the production of suc...
  • DNA Testing Shows Asian Carp Within 7 miles of Lake Michigan

    Posted by on November 28, 2009
    There are new fears that Asian carp are getting closer to the Great Lakes.  According to two recent articles in the Chicago Tribune, DNA testing found evidence of the Asian carp within 7 miles of Lake Michigan after apparently leaping an electrical barrier erected to prevent the carp from reaching the Great Lakes. Scientists found Asian carp DNA above an electric fish-barrier in the San...
  • EPA Declares That Chicagoland Met Another Air Quality Standard

    Posted by on November 25, 2009
    Today, U.S. EPA published a final rule in the Federal Register determining that the "Chicago-Gary-Lake County, Illinois-Indiana" areas have met the 1997 fine particle (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). As a result of this determination, "the requirements for these areas to submit an attainment demonstration and associated reasonably available control measures (RACM), a r...
  • University of Illinois Receives Grant From EPA to Study Carbon Sequestration

    Posted by on November 24, 2009
    According to an article from the Chicago Tribune, the U.S. EPA awarded the University of Illinois approximately $900,000 in grant funds to study the possible environmental impact of the underground sequestration of carbon dioxide. The theory of carbon sequestration is that carbon dioxide (a major greenhouse gas) can be captured at stationary sources, such as power plants, and injected...
  • Clean-Up To Begin at Manufactured-Gas Plant in Quincy

    Posted by on November 22, 2009
    According to an article from the Chicago Tribune, AmerenCIPS--a central Illinois utility company--will launch a $20 million cleanup of underground contaminants at a defunct gas-manufacturing plant in Quincy. Manufactured-gas plants were industrial facilities that produced gas from coal, oil and other feedstocks.  The gas was stored, and then piped to the surrounding area, where it was use...
  • IEPA Notifies Four Communities of Groundwater Contamination

    Posted by on November 20, 2009
    Today, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency reported that it notified the Fox River Grove public drinking water supply, the Hennepin Public Water District, the Rockford public water supply, and the Six Oaks Mobile Home Park (located south of Pecatonica on Route 20) public drinking water supply that there were confirmed detections of groundwater contamination that pose threats of expo...
  • ComEd Beginning to Install Smart Meters

    Posted by on November 19, 2009
    According to ComEd's website and a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, ComEd is beginning to install smart meters this month on homes and businesses in several suburbs, including Bellwood, Berwyn, Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Maywood, Melrose Park, Oak Park and River Forest. This follows the news that Naperville received a grant to install smart meters in that city.  ComEd sees th...

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