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Archive for December, 2009
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board’s Annual Report for 2009

    Posted by on December 30, 2009
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Annual Report for 2009. The Annual Report features a letter from Chairman Girard, biographies of the Board's members, a rulemaking summary, a summary of appellate court opinions reviewing the Board's decisions, and a summary of environmental legislation. Stay tuned to the Illinois Environmental Law Blog for more news and dev...
  • Waste Management Settles State Enforcement Action Alleging Water Pollution Violations

    Posted by on December 28, 2009
    On December 17, 2009, the Illinois Pollution Control Board accepted the settlement of a State enforcement action in the case of People v. Waste Management of Illinois, Inc., No. PCB 10-29.  The case concerns a site located in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois. The State's complaint alleged that Waste Management (1) discharged material containing solids and liquids of obvious color from a garba...
  • Ohio Joins U.S. Supreme Court Fight Regarding Asian Carp

    Posted by on December 26, 2009
    On December 23, 2009, the State of Ohio filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the State of Michigan's complaint seeking action to prevent the Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes.  Like Michigan, Ohio blames Chicago's prior water diversion projects for giving the Asian carp access to the Great Lakes.  Here is the specific action requested by the State of Ohio: "But fo...
  • Plastic Bag Manufacturer Settles State Enforcement Action Alleging Air Pollution Violations

    Posted by on December 24, 2009
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the settlement of a State enforcement action in the case of People v. Golden Bag Co., PCB No. 06-144.  The case concerned a plastic bag manufacturing facility located at 290 Illinois Street, Dundee, Kane County, Illinois. The State alleged that the Defendant (1) caused, threatened, or allowed the discharge or emission of a contaminant i...
  • Packaging Materials Manufacturer Settles Federal Enforcement Action Alleging Hazardous Waste Violations

    Posted by on December 22, 2009
    On December 22, 2009, U.S. EPA announced that it settled an enforcement action against Clear Lam Packaging, an Elk Grove, Illinois manufacturer of flexible and rigid packaging materials. U.S. EPA alleged that Clear Lam "failed to have a hazardous waste storage permit, maintain aisle space in the hazardous waste storage area, keep hazardous waste containers closed, provide annual employee tra...
  • Michigan Sues to Spark Action to Block Asian Carp

    Posted by on December 21, 2009
    On December 21, 2009, the State of Michigan filed a petition and motion for a preliminary injunction asking the U.S. Supreme Court to order the State of Illinois, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers "to immediately take all available measures within their respective control, consistent with the protection of public health and ...
  • Rejecting Federal Officer Removal, Federal Court Remands Contamination Case to State Court

    Posted by on December 20, 2009
    On December 15, 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois remanded the case of Custer v. Cerro Flow Products, Inc., No. 09-514-DRH, to State court, rejecting the defendants' purported removal to Federal court based on the Federal Officer Removal Statute. The Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in State court alleging that they suffered serious life-threatening illnesses, incl...

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