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  • 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...
  • Illinois Department of Public Health Approves New Lead Rules

    Posted by on January 16, 2019
    On January 15, 2019, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health that will increase the number of children identified with lead poisoning and trigger earlier intervention.  The rules lower the level at which public health interventions are initiated for children with blood lead levels from 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 microgr...
  • New Federal Decision Requires Clean Water Act Permits for Recyclers of Construction Waste

    Posted by on December 19, 2018
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided that contractors that process construction debris and waste for recycling may need to obtain permits under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) for their stormwater runoff. As the Second Circuit ruled, “not every incident of stormwater runoff is subject to regulation under the CWA.  Only stormwater runoff associated with certain en...
  • Illinois Attorney General Wins Lawsuit Over Trump Administration Regarding Smog Regulations

    Posted by on March 16, 2018
    A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration failed to timely designate the areas of the country that have "attainment" (meeting) or "nonattainment" (not meeting) with the ground-level ozone standards established in 2015.  When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency missed an October 1, 2017 deadline, fourteen states (including Illinois), the District of Columbia, and several enviro...

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