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Archive for February, 2010
  • IL Pollution Control Board Accepts Settlement of Action Against Construction Company for Open Dumping

    Posted by on February 28, 2010
    On February 4, 2010, the Illinois Pollution Control Board accepted the settlement of an administrative citation action filed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency against Blickhan Family Corporation, Inc. and Blick’s Construction Co. Inc. in Illinois Environmental Protection Agency v. The Blickhan Family Corporation, IPCB No. AC 09-43. The Illinois EPA alleged that the defen...
  • Court Finds Owner of Facility’s Equipment Liable in Cost-Recovery Case

    Posted by on February 27, 2010
    In United States v. Saporito, Case No. 07 C 3169, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently ruled that the federal government could recover its environmental cleanup costs against the current owner of a facility's equipment. Beginning in the 1970s, Crescent Plating operated a facility on the northwest side of Chicago that plated steel and brass object...
  • U.S. EPA Announces Comprehensive Asian Carp Strategy

    Posted by on February 24, 2010
    Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a draft "Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework." The main objectives of the Framework were to • Establish the need for participating agencies to act urgently to prevent Asian carp from becoming established in the Great Lakes. • Integrate and unify the future actions of participating agencies. • Transition from a s...
  • U.S. EPA Finalizes New Air Standards for Nitrogen Dioxide

    Posted by on February 23, 2010
    On February 9th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register a final rule setting new primary national ambient air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide.  Specifically, EPA is establishing a new 1-hour standard at a level of 100 ppb to supplement the existing annual standard.  EPA is also establishing requirements for a nitrogen dioxide monitoring network ...
  • IL Pollution Control Board Again Penalizes for Open Dumping

    Posted by on February 22, 2010
    On January 21, 2010, the Illinois Pollution Control Board found that the owner of a facility in Clay County, Illinois violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and ordered the owner to pay $3,000 in civil penalties, in Illinois Environmental Protection Agency v. Luttrell, IPCB No. AC 10-09.  This follows on the heels of a $3,000 penalty for a disposal facility in Sangamon County, I...
  • Climate Change Seminar at Chicago Bar Association

    Posted by on February 17, 2010
    On March 17, 2010, I will present a climate change seminar entitled "Greenhouse Gas Regulations: Advising Clients in an Uncertain Legal Environment".  I will present this seminar as part of the "Hot Topics in Environmental Law" program, which will take place from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604. My seminar will address rece...
  • U.S. Representatives Introduce Bill to Prohibit Regulation of Greenhouse Gases Under Clean Air Act

    Posted by on February 9, 2010
    As recently reported on this blog, members of the U.S. Senate introduced a resolution disapproving U.S. EPA's endangerment finding that greenhouse gases pose a threat to human health and welfare.  On February 2nd, members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would prohibit U.S. EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act: "SECTION 1. GREENHOUSE GA...

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