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  • 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...
  • You’re Invited to the Chicago Bar Association’s Environmental Law Networking Reception

    Posted by on August 28, 2013
    Please Join the CBA Environmental Law and the Young Lawyers Section Environmental Law Committees for a Networking Reception Tuesday, September 3, 2013 4:00-6:00 pm The Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL Co-Sponsored by: The Chicago Bar Association Environmental Law Committee The Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Environmental Law Committee ...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update: 7/28/13

    Posted by on July 28, 2013
    * The new edition of the ABA SEER Native American Resources Committee Newsletter contains articles on: (1) renewable energy on tribal lands (key agreements and terms for successful project development), (2) governance and jurisdictional considerations for renewable energy development in Indian Country, (3) a California district court's decision upholding approval of the Ocotillo wind farm, (4) fre...
  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to Give First Public Speech Since Being Confirmed

    Posted by on July 26, 2013
    On Tuesday, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver her first public remarks since being confirmed by the Senate. The event will start at 10 am central time and will be webcast. From EPA's press release: "WASHINGTON--“ On Tuesday, newly-confirmed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in Cambridge, MA to deliver remarks at Harvard Law School. This w...

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