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Archive for May, 2010
  • New Asian Carp Monitoring and Sampling Plan Released

    Posted by on May 16, 2010
    On May 5th, the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee released its three-month monitoring and sampling plan to prevent Asian carp from establishing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes.  The plan involves fishing as well as an additional round of rotenone poisoning. The Regional Coordinating Committee described the plan in a press release as follows: "The new sampling an...
  • Zinc Refinery Settles Federal Enforcement Action Alleging Clean Air Act Violations

    Posted by on May 15, 2010
    On April 15th, the federal government announced the settlement of an enforcement action in United States v. Big River Zinc Corp., No. 10-cv-276 (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois), which concerned a zinc smelter plant located at 2401 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois. The federal government's allegations concerned the defendant's Roasters, which are furnaces in whic...
  • U.S. EPA Proposes $743,293 Penalty for Hazardous Waste Violations

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    On May 6th, U.S. EPA Region 5 announced that it filed an administrative complaint and compliance order against Mercury Vapor Processing Technologies Inc., also known as River Shannon Recycling, for alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at the facility located at 13605 Halsted Street, Riverdale, Illinois.  A $743,293 penalty is proposed. According to EPA, the defendant was cit...
  • Environmental Register for April 2010

    Posted by on May 13, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued its Environmental Register publication for April 2010. The Environmental Register features a letter from Chairman Girard, a rulemaking update, a summary of actions of the Board, a summary of new cases, the Board's calendar, and the Restricted Status and Critical Review Lists for public water supplies. Stay tuned to the Illinois Environme...
  • Senators Kerry and Lieberman Unveil New Climate Change and Energy Bill

    Posted by on May 12, 2010
    On May 12th, Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman introduced their climate change and energy bill, entitled "The American Power Act." The bill's goal is to reduce carbon pollution by 17% by 2020 and by over 80% in 2050, and the bill attempts to achieve this goal through cap-and-trade and support for domestic energy.  That's right, not just alternative energy, but also other forms of domest...
  • U.S. EPA Reveals Its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

    Posted by on May 9, 2010
    On April 26th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.  The Agenda identified seven themes to focus the regulatory work of EPA: (1) Taking Action on Climate Change, (2) Improving Air Quality, (3) Assuring the Safety of Chemicals, (4) Cleaning Up Our Communities, (5) Protecting America’s Waters, (6) Expanding ...
  • BlueStar Energy to Offer 100% Renewable Energy at Discounted Rate

    Posted by on May 7, 2010
    Most people know about ComEd, but not many people are aware that there are other ways to purchase electricity for residences and businesses. BlueStar Energy recently announced that it is offering consumers a 12-month agreement at an estimated 11% discount off ComEd’s new electricity rate increase.  It will offer 100% Renewable American Energy at an estimated 5% discount off ComEd’s...

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