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Archive for June, 2011
  • State Enforcement Action for Contaminating Public Water Supplies with Arsenic Results in $12,000 Settlement

    Posted by on June 25, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the parties' stipulation and proposed settlement in People v. JR Investment Group, LLC, Case No. PCB 07-139, which concerned a public water supply for a mobile home park located in the Village of Goodfield, Woodford County, Illinois. (more…)...
  • U.S. Supreme Court’s Opinion in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut

    Posted by on June 24, 2011
    In American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed federal common law public nuisance claims brought by the plaintiffs (several States, the City of New York, and three private land trusts) against the defendants (four private power companies and the federal Tennessee Valley Authority.) (more…)...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Climate Change Nuisance Lawsuits

    Posted by on June 20, 2011
    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, in which the Court held that the climate change nuisance lawsuits should be dismissed: "The Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency action the Act authorizes, we hold, displaces the claims the plaintiffs seek to pursue." (more…)...
  • Environmental Register for May 2011

    Posted by on June 15, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board has issued its Environmental Register publication for May 2011.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Chairman Girard, which discusses progress that the Board made in a number of open rulemaking dockets.  The Environmental Register also contains a rulemaking update, a summary of actions of the Board, a summary of new cases, and the Board's ca...
  • USEPA Determines That St. Louis Metro Area Has Attained 1997 8-Hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone

    Posted by on June 14, 2011
    On June 9, 2011, U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register making a determination that the St. Louis (MO–IL) metropolitan nonattainment area has attained the 1997 8-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set NAAQS for wide-spread pollutants from numerous and diverse sources considered harmful to public health and the environm...
  • Proposed Consent Decree Calls for $92,210 Civil Penalty and $132,627 SEP for Clean Air Act Violations

    Posted by on June 13, 2011
    On June 10, 2011, the U.S. Justice Department gave notice in the Federal Register that a proposed Consent Decree in United States v. Allied Metal Co., Case No. 11 C 3228, was lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In a civil action filed simultaneously with the Consent Decree, the United States sought a civil penalty against the defendant for violations under th...
  • News Update

    Posted by on June 10, 2011
    Here is a summary of three news stories that recently appeared concerning Illinois environmental issues: (1) A report from the International Joint Commission, which advises the U.S. and Canadian governments on Great Lakes issues, shows that "artificially raising water levels in Lakes Huron and Michigan to compensate for drop-offs caused by human tinkering is technologically feasible but would...

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