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  • Owner Settles Alleged Clean Water Violations Relating to Construction of Retail Store

    Posted by on August 11, 2016
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office recently settled an environmental enforcement action that serves as a reminder to all construction companies and businesses that plan to build new facilities or stores.  The enforcement action sought civil penalties for alleged violations of the clean water provisions of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.  In People v. Casey's Retail Co., the Stat...
  • EPA Proposes Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act Regulations

    Posted by on July 29, 2016
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed changes to existing regulations governing significant new uses of chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act to align these regulations with revisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communications Standard, and with changes to the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard and the National Instit...
  • Property Owners May Sue When Government’s Actions Temporarily Floods Property

    Posted by on July 11, 2016
    The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, in Hampton v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, that property owners may recover compensation under the Illinois Takings Clause when government action results in temporary flooding of their properties.  The Plaintiffs sued the MWRD, which is responsible for stormwater management, alleging that their properties were flooded and their...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Continues Environmental Rulemaking & Decisions

    Posted by on February 27, 2016
    Yesterday, the Illinois Pollution Control Board published its January 2016 Environmental Register, which summarizes the Board's actions with regard to rulemaking and decisions in environmental lawsuits.  The Board remains very active on the regulatory front regarding water pollution, especially concerning the public water supply and surface water discharges.  The Environmental Register also trum...
  • New Law #1: Waiver of Utility Deposit Requirements for Domestic Abuse Victims

    Posted by on February 9, 2016
    Concluding our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws that took effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0420, which requires that utilities waive deposit requirements on new accounts for 60 days for documented domestic abuse victims. (more…)...
  • New Law #2: Restrictions on Disposal of Remediation Waste from Manufactured Gas Plants

    Posted by on January 13, 2016
    Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0365, which requires that waste from the remediation of a manufactured gas plant site must be disposed in a permitted hazardous waste disposal site, unless analysis demonstrates that the waste does not exceed regulatory levels. (more…)...
  • Asbestos Analysis Quoted in Legal Newsline Article

    Posted by on January 12, 2016
    I'm pleased to announce that my recent post concerning the Folta v. Ferro Engineering decision by the Illinois Supreme Court has been quoted in an article by Legal Newsline.  Legal Newsline is an Internet-based newswire dedicated to 24/7 coverage of state supreme courts and state attorneys general.  You can read my original post here, and to the Legal Newsline article here. (more…)...

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