News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • 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 ...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Juries Must Make Specific Findings For Calculation Of Environmental Criminal Fines

    Posted by on June 30, 2012
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently gave more responsibility to juries in the calculation of fines for environmental criminal violations and increased the burden on prosecutors.  In Southern Union Co. v. United States, No. 11-94 (June 21, 2012), the Court expanded to criminal fines the holding of Apprendi v. New Jersey, which provided that the Sixth Amendment reserves to juries the determination of a...
  • Agrichemical Company Pleads Guilty to Criminal Violations of Clean Water Act

    Posted by on December 26, 2010
    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that Effingham-Clay Service Company, Inc., an Effingham-based agrichemical company, pled guilty in the Circuit Court of Clay County to two counts of “Negligent Unpermitted Point Source Discharge,” which are violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act: "The charges stem from a December 9, 2008, incident involving ...

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