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  • 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…)...
  • New Study Shows PCB Contamination Still a Problem in Chicago

    Posted by on October 22, 2015
    According to new research, "soils, sewage sludge and paint are major sources" of PCB contamination in Chicago, and "current cleanup strategies may not be the most effective for protecting people’s health."  The research also suggests that "more than 400 pounds of toxic PCBs are emitted to Chicago’s air each year."  Read the News Story This is the unfortunate consequence of chemicals like...
  • Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer Discusses Plans To Reduce Carbon Footprint & Increase Energy Efficiency

    Posted by on October 21, 2015
    The City of Chicago's Chief Sustainability Officer, Karen Weigert, recently gave an interesting interview concerning her work.  Some of the achievements: "We’ve been able to look at our own infrastructure. We are focused on retrofitting city buildings. We were able to do about 60 buildings recently, funded at no risk to our taxpayers.  We’ve built a Retrofit Chicago program where we collabor...
  • Illinois Follows Federal Guidance & Reduces Fluoride in Water Supplies

    Posted by on October 20, 2015
    Following the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Illinois reduced the fluoridation requirement in its public water supply regulations, changing the requirement that all community water suplies maintain a fluoride ion concentration of 0.90 to 1.2 mg/L in the community water supply distribution system to reflect a fluordiation ion concentration of 0.7 mg/L.  The I...

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