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Archive for June, 2010
  • Illinois Appellate Court Rules That Employers Must Protect Family of Employees From Asbestos Dangers

    Posted by on June 28, 2010
    In Simpkins v. CSX Corp., No. 5-07-0346, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, recently ruled that employers owe the immediate families of their employees a duty to protect against take-home asbestos exposure. The Plaintiff alleged in her complaint that she contracted mesothelioma cancer due to exposure to asbestos brought home on her husband's body and work clothes (commonly re...
  • 2010 American Solar Challenge

    Posted by on June 26, 2010
    I have uploaded photos (via our Facebook page) and video (via our You Tube Channel) from the finish line at the 2010 American Solar Challenge.  The solar cars raced 1,200 miles from Broken Arrow, OK to Naperville, IL. Stay tuned to the Illinois Environmental Law Blog for more news and developments....
  • Owner of Apartment Building to Pay $43,000 Penalty For Failing to Follow Asbestos Requirements During Renovation

    Posted by on June 25, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the parties' settlement in People v. Al-Algonquin Apartments, LLC, Case No. PCB 09-39, which concerned a residential apartment building at 1605 East 50th Street in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. The State alleged that the owners of the building violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act by: (1) failing to adequately wet and keep w...
  • Asian Carp Found Above Electric Barrier System

    Posted by on June 23, 2010
    On June 23rd, the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced that that one Bighead Asian carp was found in Lake Calumet along the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS).  This is the first physical specimen that has been found in the CAWS above the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Electric Barrier System that was designed to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The Bighead carp was...
  • EPA Provides Additional Time to Obtain Training and Certifications to Comply with New Lead Rules

    Posted by on June 22, 2010
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued enforcement guidance regarding its Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.  Under the rule, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamina...
  • Illinois Legislature Passes Bill to Fight VOC Contamination in Community Water Systems

    Posted by on June 21, 2010
    The Illinois General Assembly recently enacted and sent to Governor Quinn Senate Bill 3070, which amends the Illinois Environmental Protection Act to prevent carcinogenic volatile organic compounds from exceeding their maximum contaminant levels in the finished water of community water systems by requiring owners and operators of community water systems to take appropriate action when ca...
  • Environmental Register for May 2010

    Posted by on June 20, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued its Environmental Register publication for May 2010. The Environmental Register features a letter from Chairman Girard, a rulemaking update, a summary of actions of the Board, information about a provisional variance, the Board's calendar, and Class III Groundwater Final Listing Notices. Stay tuned to the Illinois Environmental Law Blog fo...

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