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Archive for 2019
  • New Illinois Law Regulates Coal Ash Surface Impoundments

    Posted by on August 5, 2019
    On July 30, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 9, which places strict regulations on surface impoundments that are designed to hold an accumulation of coal combustion residue (“CCR”), commonly known as coal ash.  The term CCR encompasses fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, and flue gas desulfurization materials generated from burning coal for the purpose of genera...
  • Illinois Passes $45 Billion Capital Plan Including Money For Green Infrastructure

    Posted by on July 22, 2019
    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed into law a $45 billion capital infrastructure plan dubbed “Rebuild Illinois”.  This plan allocates $33.2 billion for transportation, including $11 billion for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s multi-year plan and $14 billion for other road and bridge projects.  It also includes $4.7 billion for mass transit, $1 billion for passenger...
  • Eighth Circuit Reaffirms That There Is No Right Of Action Under NEPA Prior To Final Agency Action

    Posted by on July 12, 2019
    Contractors that often do work for the federal government are likely familiar with the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).  NEPA requires federal agencies to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) for all “major Federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.”   Once an agency issues a final EIS, the federal agency will provide enviro...
  • Sierra Club Reactivates Program to Inspect Construction Sites

    Posted by on March 12, 2019
    According to a recent news report, local Sierra Club chapters are reactivating programs that support volunteers who inspect construction sites for potential violations of environmental laws.  For many years, the national Sierra Club organization has had programs to "connect people with their waterways" by having them conduct local water quality testing and monitoring.  At times, these programs a...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Provides Regulatory and Case Update

    Posted by on February 15, 2019
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently published its Environmental Register for January 2019 on its website.  The Board is an independent five-member Board that adopts environmental control regulations and decides enforcement actions and other environmental cases in the State of Illinois.  As usual, the Environmental Register contains an update from the chairperson of the Board, Katie Pap...
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Agrees to Take Action on Endangered Species Act Petition

    Posted by on January 25, 2019
    Recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service settled a claim filed by the Center for Biological Diversity that forces FWS to take action on issues relating to a critical habitat designation for the western yellow-billed cuckoo. In 2014, FWS listed the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo under the Endangered Species Act but had not yet published a final rule designati...
  • John Kim to Serve Once Again as Director of Illinois EPA

    Posted by on January 21, 2019
    Last week, Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that John Kim will serve as director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  He had previously served the Agency in many capacities under both Democratic and Republican administrations, including as director and interim director.  Kim is seen as a solid pick who gets along with both environmental citizens' groups and industry groups. (m...

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