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Archive for January, 2010
  • IL Pollution Control Board Penalizes Company for Open Dumping

    Posted by on January 31, 2010
    On January 21, 2010, the Illinois Pollution Control Board found that Info Corner Materials, Inc. ("ICM") violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and ordered ICM to pay $3,000 in civil penalties. The penalty resulted from an administrative citation that was filed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency concerning ICM’s disposal facility located on Bachmann Drive, just nor...
  • President Obama Renews Call for Clean Energy and Climate Change Legislation

    Posted by on January 28, 2010
    After last night's State of the Union Address, there should be no doubt that President Obama is going to stay the course on his agenda.  He renewed his call for Congress to pass clean energy and climate change legislation: "Next, we need to encourage American innovation. Last year, we made the largest investment in basic research funding in history -– (applause) -- an investment that coul...
  • U.S. Senators Introduce Resolution Disapproving EPA’s Endangerment Finding on Greenhouse Gases

    Posted by on January 27, 2010
    Ever since the election of Senator-Elect Scott Brown in Massachusetts (and the loss of the Democratic supermajority in the Senate), people have been asking if climate change legislation will be passed by Congress anytime soon.  According to a recent column in the Chicago Tribune, even the chief executive of Exelon Corp. "admitted last week that his cherished cap-and-trade plan for cutti...
  • U.S. EPA Orders Dairy to Comply with Clean Water Act

    Posted by on January 26, 2010
    According to an agency press release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an order under the Clean Water Act to Westridge Dairy LLC, 2114 Ames Road, Red Bud, Illinois.  Westridge is a "medium-sized concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in the Kaskaskia River watershed in central Illinois with approximately 700 mature dairy cows." U.S. EPA ordered the dairy "to stop all...
  • U.S. EPA Proposes New Smog Standards

    Posted by on January 21, 2010
    On January 19, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would set more stringent standards for ground-level ozone, more commonly known as smog.  U.S. EPA is proposing these new standards after reconsideration of limits set by the Bush administration in 2008. Specifically, "EPA proposes that the level of the 8-hour primary stan...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Denies Request to Close Locks on Same Day Asian Carp DNA Found in Lake Michigan

    Posted by on January 20, 2010
    On January 19, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court entered a one-sentence order (page 3 of this list of orders) denying the State of Michigan's request for preliminary injunction that would have immediately closed locks and gates leading to Lake Michigan.  Michigan requested these actions to prevent Asian carp from getting into the lake. On the same day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced t...
  • Environmental Register for December 2009

    Posted by on January 19, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued its Environmental Register publication for December 2009. The Environmental Register features a letter from Chairman Girard, an appellate court update, a rulemaking update, a summary of actions of the Board, a summary of new cases, and the Board's calendar.  The Environmental Register also contains "Restricted Status" and "Critical Review"...

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