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  • New Law #5: Expansion of Liability & Penalty Increases Under Oil & Gas Act

    Posted by on January 7, 2016
    Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0137, which expands liability and increases civil penalties for falsifying or misstating information submitted in connection with oil and gas permits. (more…)...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for November 2015

    Posted by on December 30, 2015
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for November 2015.  The Environmental Register summarizes the Board's work in November 2015 and provides a summary of actions of the Board, new cases, and the Board's calendar.  The Environmental Register also contains an update of the Board's rulemaking proceedings, which included (1) a denial of Illinois EPA's requ...
  • Model Stormwater Ordinance Contains Ideas to Prevent Flood Damage

    Posted by on November 7, 2015
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with Illinois State Water Survey, developed a model stormwater ordinance to help Illinois communities manage flooding and combat flooding-related damages in urban areas.  The ordinance was developed as a result of a report that found increasing extreme precipitation events and that an increasing number of flood claims are occuring o...
  • 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...
  • 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…)...
  • 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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