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Archive for 2015
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for November 2015

    Posted by on December 30, 2015
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for November 2015.  The Environmental Register summarizes the Board's work in November 2015 and provides a summary of actions of the Board, new cases, and the Board's calendar.  The Environmental Register also contains an update of the Board's rulemaking proceedings, which included (1) a denial of Illinois EPA's requ...
  • Mesothelioma Claim Against Employer Filed Too Late Despite Disease Latency

    Posted by on December 17, 2015
    The Illinois Supreme Court recently barred a plaintiff's mesothelioma claim against an employer based on the time limitations set forth in the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act.  The claim was barred despite the fact that the plaintiff was not diagnosed with the disease until 16 years after the expiration of those time limits.  In Folta v. Ferro Engineering...
  • EPA’s New eDisclosure Portal May Subject Businesses to Additional Criticism and Liability

    Posted by on December 11, 2015
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent Federal Register notice announced the launch of its eDisclosure Portal to modernize the implementation of EPA’s Audit Policy.  The Audit Policy allows companies to self-disclose potential environmental violations and to eliminate or reduce the amount of penalties that could result.  Because of the large number of violations that are self-dis...
  • Model Stormwater Ordinance Contains Ideas to Prevent Flood Damage

    Posted by on November 7, 2015
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with Illinois State Water Survey, developed a model stormwater ordinance to help Illinois communities manage flooding and combat flooding-related damages in urban areas.  The ordinance was developed as a result of a report that found increasing extreme precipitation events and that an increasing number of flood claims are occuring o...
  • US EPA Limits Amount of Pollutants Discharged by Steam Electric Power Plants

    Posted by on November 4, 2015
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a final rule under the Clean Water Act regulating steam electric power plants.  According to EPA, the rule "establishes the first nationally applicable limits on the amount of toxic metals and other harmful pollutants that steam electric power plants are allowed to discharge in several of their largest sources of wastewater."  EPA believes...
  • EPA Adds to Legal Morass to Business with Permit to Build

    Posted by on November 2, 2015
    Environmental law is complicated, and those complications can multiply when several states and the federal government get involved on a project.  This principle is on display in Eagle Creek Township, Indiana, where work is underway to build a 600-acre quarry.  According to news reports, the business building the quarry received a discharge permit under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and the...
  • New Webinar Assisting Businesses Comply With Used Oil Regulations

    Posted by on October 29, 2015
    My next speaking engagement will be a BLR (Business & Legal Resources) webinar entitled "Used Oil Generators: Cost-Effective Strategies to Ensure Compliance with EPA Regulations".  Business owners and plant managers will learn how to: (more…)...

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