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Archive for July, 2010
  • Illinois EPA Announces Agreement with U.S. Steel to Install Air Pollution Control Equipment

    Posted by on July 22, 2010
    According to an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency press release, the Illinois EPA recently entered into a memorandum of agreement with U.S. Steel, the only integrated steel manufacturing facility in Illinois, to take steps to reduce air pollution emissions.  U.S. Steel is located in Granite City, IL. Specifically, "the agreement means that U. S. Steel will significantly boost their c...
  • Environmental Register for June 2010

    Posted by on July 20, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued its Environmental Register publication for June 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, and the Board's calendar. Stay tuned to the Illinois Environmental Law Blog for more news and developments....
  • Five States Open Second Phase of Asian Carp Litigation

    Posted by on July 19, 2010
    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the State of Michigan in its quest to stop Asian carp from migrating into Lake Michigan, many declared an end to litigation over the invasive species.  However, the State of Michigan (along with Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania) today filed a second lawsuit--this time in federal district court in Illinois. In their Complaint for Injunc...
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Settles Alleged Environmental Violations

    Posted by on July 17, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the parties' settlement in the case of People v. Penrith, No. PCB 10-94, which concerned the defendant's wastewater treatment plant located on the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and W. Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth, Lake County, Illinois. The State alleged that the defendant violated the Illinois Environmental Protect...
  • EPA Orders Livestock Operation To Pay $40,000 Penalty For Alleged Water Pollution Violations

    Posted by on July 13, 2010
    I received a comment on the LinkedIn boards today about my last post--why did the dairy farm only get a $2,000 in the settlement of a State enforcement action approved by the Illinois Pollution Control Board?  My response was that everything depends on the facts of the case--what was the extent of the environmental harm, previous violations by the defendant, etc.  This theory was demonstr...
  • State Settles Enforcement Action Against Dairy Farm For Alleged Water Pollution Violations

    Posted by on July 12, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the parties' settlement of a State enforcement action in People v. Miller, Case No. PCB 10-43, which concerned a 1,300-acre dairy farm, consisting of two separate parcels: 765 East Rock Grove Road, Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois; and 1984 Hickory Grove Road, Dakota, Stephenson County, Illinois. The State alleged that the defend...
  • EPA Finds That Illinois Failed to Submit Plan Under Clean Air Act

    Posted by on July 11, 2010
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently published a final rule in the Federal Register finding that the State of Illinois failed to submit a State Implementation Plan ("SIP") to satisfy the attainment and maintenance interstate transport requirements of the Clean Air Act with respect to the 2006 24-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards ("NAAQS") for fine particulate matter (...

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