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  • 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...
  • President Obama To Make “Major Announcement” On Climate Change

    Posted by on June 24, 2013
    The U.S. EPA's Office of Public Engagement has issued the following press release previewing tomorrow's "major announcement" from President Obama on climate change: "President Barack Obama will be making a major announcement on climate change at Georgetown University this Tuesday, June 25, at 1:25 p.m. EDT.  You can watch the speech live at: whitehouse.gov/live You can watch a video prev...
  • Update on Fracking Legislation in the Illinois General Assembly

    Posted by on December 6, 2012
    I thought everyone would be interested in the following update from the Illinois Manufacturers' Association concerning fracking legislation in the Illinois General Assembly: "Following another marathon negotiating session that resulted in little movement between industry and the environmental community, several key state lawmakers met privately and intend to develop their own proposal that will...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for October 2012

    Posted by on November 12, 2012
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for October 2012.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which summarizes the activity that the Board has conducted in several rulemaking dockets. The Environmental Register also contains a rulemaking update, including a summary of the Board's adoption of final a...
  • US EPA Settles Enforcement Action Against Lime Manufacturer for $350,000 Fine and $125,000 SEP

    Posted by on November 2, 2012
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled claims alleging Clean Air Act violations against Carmeuse Lime, Inc., which has a lime manufacturing facility located at 3245 E. 103rd Street in Chicago. According to EPA's press release announcing the terms of the Consent Decree, "EPA and the city of Chicago conducted a joint investigation at the Carmeuse facility in response to complaints ...
  • Governor Quinn Signs Bill That Will Result In Illinois Following Federal Air Regulations

    Posted by on September 5, 2012
    Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a bill passed in the General Assembly, Public Act 097-0945, that amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and the Environmental Protection Act to align Illinois air regulations with federal air regulations: "[T]he [Illinois Pollution Control] Board shall adopt ambient air quality standards specifying the maximum permissible short-term and long...
  • Man Sentenced to 10-Year Prison Term for Asbestos Violations of Clean Air Act

    Posted by on July 30, 2012
    The U.S. EPA recently announced a tough 10-year sentence for a man convicted of criminal violations of the Clean Air Act relating to asbestos: Duane “Butch” O’Malley, 59, of Bourbonnais, Ill., who was convicted by a federal jury on September 26, 2011, for the illegal removal, handling and disposal of asbestos from a Kankakee building in August 2009, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by ...

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