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Archive for March, 2010
  • Illinois EPA Refers Alleged Stormwater Dischargers to Attorney General for Enforcement

    Posted by on March 31, 2010
    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Illinois Attorney General's Office to file an enforcement action against the owners of an ethanol plant located at 23029 E. County Highway 6 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, and companies associated with an adjacent grain operations/storage site. According to the Illinois EPA, an inspection revealed "that both of the sites were ...
  • Six Weeks of Intensive Sampling Leads to Discovery of Zero Asian Carp

    Posted by on March 30, 2010
    On March 29th, the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee gave an update on sampling in Chicago-area waterways to find out if Asian carp have eluded an electric barrier designed to block their path to Lake Michigan.  After six weeks of sampling, no Asian carp were discovered: "Over the last six weeks, field crews from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR), U.S. Fish and Wil...
  • Chicago Ranks Fifth in Number of Energy Star-Labeled Buildings

    Posted by on March 26, 2010
    According to the U.S. EPA, Chicago ranked fifth on a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned EPA’s Energy Star in 2009.  Chicago now has 134 Energy Star-labeled buildings, up from 125 last year when it was sixth on the list.  Almost 60 million square feet of floor space in the Chicago area is in Energy Star-labeled buildings. ...
  • Settlement of State Enforcement Action Against Operator of CCDD Facility

    Posted by on March 25, 2010
    On March 18th, the Illinois Pollution Control Board accepted the settlement in People v. Western Sand & Gravel Co., No. PCB 10-022, which concerned the defendant's Clean Construction or Demolition Debris ("CCDD") Facility at the intersection of 178 and I-80 in La Salle County, Illinois. The State alleged that the defendant violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act by failing t...
  • IL Department Of Public Health Tells Residents of Rockford Mobile Home Park To Test Their Water

    Posted by on March 24, 2010
    On March 23rd, the Illinois Department of Public Health warned residents who obtain their drinking water from private wells in the GEM Suburban Mobile Home Park (MHP) area in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois to test their water for possible groundwater contamination.  IDPH stated that "routine testing of the GEM Suburban Mobile Home Park community water supply wells by the Illinois Envir...
  • Penalty of $7,500 Against Operator of Open Dump Imposed by IL Pollution Control Board

    Posted by on March 23, 2010
    On March 18th, the Illinois Pollution Control Board imposed a penalty on an administrative citation filed in County of Ogle v. Haan, No. AC 10-16, which dealt with the Mt. Morris Estates Trailer Park in Ogle County, Illinois. The County alleged that the defendant, who operated the trailer park, violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act by causing or allowing open dumping resulting in l...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Michigan’s Asian Carp Argument for a Second Time

    Posted by on March 22, 2010
    As reported previously on this blog, the State of Michigan renewed its request, last month, to the U.S. Supreme Court for a preliminary injunction that would have immediately closed Chicago-area locks to protect against Asian carp.  Today, the Supreme Court rejected that renewed motion in a one sentence order. This does not mean that the court battle over Asian carp is over--far from ...

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