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Archive for November, 2011
  • Chemical Manufacturers Beware: EPA Releases Formerly Confidential Chemical Information

    Posted by on November 29, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making it more difficult for chemical manufacturers to protect chemical names in reports filed under the Toxic Substances Control Act ("TSCA").  In a recent press release, U.S. EPA announced that it is making available to the public hundreds of studies on chemicals that had been treated as confidential business information ("CBI").  The move is par...
  • Illinois Appellate Court Affirms $1.5 Million Jury Verdict in Asbestos Case

    Posted by on November 25, 2011
    The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently affirmed a $1.5 million jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs in Zickuhr v. Ericsson, Inc., Case No. 1-10-3430.  The Court ruled that the trial court correctly (1) ruled that the plaintiffs did not have to show the exact quantity of asbestos fibers the decedent was exposed to and (2) barred the defendant from introducing evidence that ...
  • U.S. EPA Reaches $39,926 Settlement With Founder of River Forest Dry Cleaners Superfund Site

    Posted by on November 23, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced in a Federal Register Notice that it reached an administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs with Edward Ditchfield, the founder of the River Forest Dry Cleaners Superfund site in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois.  River Forest is a suburb of Chicago.  The settlement requires Ditchfield to pay $39,926, plus po...
  • Environmental Register for October 2011

    Posted by on November 22, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board, which has offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, recently issued its Environmental Register for October 2011.  The Environmental Register features a letter from new Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which discusses Mr. Holbrook's background, the appointment of Dr. Deanna Glosser to the Board, and the departure of Board Member Andrea Moore. ...
  • Thank You to Illinois Manufacturers’ Association for Article Publication

    Posted by on November 16, 2011
    I am pleased to announce that my article "Electronics Manufacturers: Are You Ready for New Recycling and Reuse Requirements" has been published in the Sustainable Memo newsletter of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association.  The newsletter is designed to keep manufacturers abreast of emerging developments in environmental regulations, green manufacturing and similar subjects.  My article outli...
  • You’re Invited: November 30th CBA YLS Environmental Law Committee Meeting Featuring OSHA Speaker

    Posted by on November 15, 2011
    As Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, I invite attorneys of all ages, law students, and interested members of the public to attend our next meeting.  The meeting will take place on November 30th at 12:15 pm at Jenner & Block LLP, 353 N. Clark Street in Chicago.  Lunch will be generously provided by our host, Jenner & Blo...
  • U.S. EPA Approves Tougher Standards for Portions of Chicago Waterways

    Posted by on November 8, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently approved water quality standards set by the Illinois Pollution Control Board for certain portions of Chicago-area waterways.  The new standards establish recreational use designations for the Chicago Area Waterway System ("CAWS") and the Lower Des Plaines River ("LDPR"). EPA approved the Board's adoption of four categories of recreationa...

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