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  • 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...
  • Environmental Lawsuit Against McDonald’s Corp. Dismissed for Lack of Standing

    Posted by on September 21, 2011
    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently issued an opinion in Gencarelli v. McDonald's Corp. that dismissed a lawsuit against McDonald's alleging environmental violations.  Plaintiff alleged that McDonald's harms the environment because its food packaging contains chemicals that harm the environment when they are discarded by customers.  Plaintiff also alleged tha...
  • Seventh Circuit Affirms $100,000 Penalty Against Parties That Started Construction of Power Plant without Permit

    Posted by on September 19, 2011
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently issued an opinion in Sierra Club v. Khanjee Holdings (US) Inc., No. 09-4008, in which the Court affirmed the trial court's assessment of a $100,000 civil penalty, plus attorney's fees of the plaintiff, against the defendants that started construction of a power plant without a permit.  This case involved an application to the Illinois EPA...
  • State Appellate Court Allows Construction of “Megadairy”

    Posted by on February 22, 2011
    The Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, recently issued an opinion in Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards v. Bos, Case Nos. 2-09-1283 & 2-10-0162, which concerned the construction of a livestock management facility in Nora Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois.  The "Tradition South" dairy would have 6,850 "animal units" in the form of dairy cows and calves and wou...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Dismisses Noise Pollution Case Against ComEd as Frivolous

    Posted by on February 20, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently dismissed Chvalovsky v. Commonwealth Edison, Case No. PCB 10-13, which concerned alleged noise emissions from a transformer behind Plaintiff's house and transmission lines in the vicinity of Church Street and Laramie Avenue in Skokie, Cook County, Illinois. The Board held that Plaintiff's complaint failed to address the issue of when the all...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Dismisses Case Against Cement Mixing Facility As Frivolous

    Posted by on December 28, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued an opinion dismissing as frivolous the case of Gregory v. Regional Ready Mix, LLC, Case No. PCB 10-106, which concerned alleged air and noise emissions from Defendant's cement mixing facility located at 415 River Road, Rochelle, Ogle County, Illinois. Plaintiff attempted to allege that cement dust and noise from Defendant's facility aff...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Reminds Practitioners of Time Limits for Motions to Dismiss

    Posted by on December 15, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently ordered stricken a motion to dismiss in United City of Yorkville v. Hamman Farms, Case No. PCB 08-96, which is a citizen's enforcement action concerning the defendant's farmland in Kendall County, Illinois.  The plaintiff's complaint alleged open dumping violations, landscape waste violations, air pollution violations, and water pollution violat...

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