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Archive for 2012
  • US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Leave Post After State of the Union Address

    Posted by on December 27, 2012
    The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, has announced that she will be leaving the Obama administration after the President's State of the Union Address in early 2013: (more…)...
  • Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Asian Carp Lawsuit

    Posted by on December 11, 2012
    The Asian Carp lawsuit hit another bump in the road recently, when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the plaintiffs' complaint and expressed skepticism on whether the case could continue.  In that case, Michigan v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, No. 10 C 4457 (N.D. Ill.), a group of states bordering the Great Lakes sought an order requiring the U.S. Army Corps...
  • Update on Fracking Legislation in the Illinois General Assembly

    Posted by on December 6, 2012
    I thought everyone would be interested in the following update from the Illinois Manufacturers' Association concerning fracking legislation in the Illinois General Assembly: "Following another marathon negotiating session that resulted in little movement between industry and the environmental community, several key state lawmakers met privately and intend to develop their own proposal that will...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for October 2012

    Posted by on November 12, 2012
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for October 2012.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which summarizes the activity that the Board has conducted in several rulemaking dockets. The Environmental Register also contains a rulemaking update, including a summary of the Board's adoption of final a...
  • US EPA Settles Enforcement Action Against Lime Manufacturer for $350,000 Fine and $125,000 SEP

    Posted by on November 2, 2012
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled claims alleging Clean Air Act violations against Carmeuse Lime, Inc., which has a lime manufacturing facility located at 3245 E. 103rd Street in Chicago. According to EPA's press release announcing the terms of the Consent Decree, "EPA and the city of Chicago conducted a joint investigation at the Carmeuse facility in response to complaints ...
  • Best Practices for Working with Regulators: From Investigation to Litigation

    Posted by on November 1, 2012
    I was recently a panelist for a program at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Fall Conference in Charleston, S.C.  The program was entitled "Best Practices for Working with Regulators: From Investigation to Litigation" and also featured my friends Ross Feldmann and Christina Vassiliou Harvey.  My presentation focused on dealing with U.S. EPA and State environmental agencies ...
  • Illinois Town Settles State Enforcement Action Alleging Clean Water Act Violations

    Posted by on September 16, 2012
    The Illinois Town of Cortland recently filed documents in the Illinois Pollution Control Board settling a state enforcement action, People v. Town of Cortland, PCB No. 11-67, which involved the town's wastewater spray irrigation fields and rigs located east of the town.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency received citizen complaints about the town's spray irrigation system, including th...

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