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  • U.S. EPA Awards $1 Million to Redevelop Brownfield Sites in Illinois

    Posted by on June 25, 2014
    The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that three Illinois communities will be receiving grants to cleanup contaminated properties and boost local economies by redeveloping former brownfield sites.  A brownfield site is a piece of property that is contaminated by a hazardous substance or other pollutant that complicates the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of that property...
  • Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Honored By Chambers & Partners As The Nation’s Top Construction Law Firm

    Posted by on June 20, 2014
    Congratulations to my law firm, Peckar & Abramson, P.C., on being named by Chambers & Partners as the nation's top construction law firm!  Here's the press release: Firm Wins Top Construction Law Award for Unprecedented Second Consecutive Year NEW YORK—June 19th, 2014 –Peckar & Abramson, P.C. (P&A) is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners has selected the firm...
  • Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging FutureGen Air Permit

    Posted by on June 18, 2014
    The U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois recently denied an attempt by Sierra Club to challenge an air pollution control construction permit issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the FutureGen 2.0 Project.  The Court ruled in Sierra Club Inc. v. FutureGen Industrial Alliance Inc. that the Sierra Club could not challenge the permit in federal court; instead, t...
  • Illinois Places Future Ban on Manufacture and Sale of Products Containing Synthetic Plastic Microbeads

    Posted by on June 10, 2014
    On June 8, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that places a future ban on the manufacture and sale of products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.  Public Act 098-0638 amends the Environmental Protection Act to add Section 52.5, which now contains the ban on microbeads, the plastic bits found in personal care products (such as facial cleansers, shampoos, and toothpaste...
  • National Climate Assessment Addresses Climate Change Challenges and Opportunities for Midwest

    Posted by on May 9, 2014
    The U.S. Global Change Research Program recently issued its report, "Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment" which provides a detailed analysis of the challenges and opportunities that the Midwest will face as a result of climate change.  The full assessment can be found on the USGCRP's dynamic website, http://nca2014.globalchange.gov. (more…)...
  • Could the Next Wave of Toxic Tort Lawsuits Result from Lead in Tap Water?

    Posted by on September 26, 2013
    The Chicago Tribune recently told the tale of unintended consequences--consequences that could result in serious health problems for some residents of the City of Chicago and potential toxic tort exposure.  According to the article, "[t]he problem starts with lead service lines that Chicago installed across the city until the mid-1980s to connect water mains with homes. Researchers at the U.S. E...
  • Please Join Us For Next CBA Environmental Law Committee Meeting on October 1st

    Posted by on September 24, 2013
    As vice chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee, I would like to invite you to join us for our next meeting, which will be held on October 1, 2013 from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm at the Chicago Bar Association.  The speaker will be Selena Kyle, and the topic will be "Going to Court for the Environment and Public Health: The View from NRDC's Midwest Office". Stay tuned to th...

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