News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 239-9722
  • 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, (more…)...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 19, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) According to Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, U.S. EPA signed a rule to curb toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants with three separate limits: one for mercury, a second for acid gases, and a third for particulate matter, which is used to target emissions of metals such as ch...
  • White Paper Urges Owners of Coal-Fired Power Plants to Make Energy-Efficiency Investments

    Posted by on September 12, 2011
    In a recent white paper entitled "Avoiding a Train Wreck: Replacing Old Coal Plants with Energy Efficiency", the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ("ACEEE") encouraged owners of coal-fired electric power plants to make energy-efficency investments to counter the impact of changes in fossil fuel markets and implementation of updated environmental regulations. According to ACEEE, t...
  • Visit to the Green Car and Technology Show

    Posted by on September 2, 2011
    I recently spent a few hours with my family at the Green Car and Technology Show at the Naperville Auto Test Track, which was sponsored by Congresswoman Judy Biggert.  The event was designed "to give you a glimpse of the direction we're heading in advanced automotive technology and energy efficiency." Exhibitors at the show included Argonne National Laboratory, Carbon Day Automotive, Chevrole...
  • EPA and NHTSA Publish Supplemental Notice of Intent to Issue New GHG Emissions and CAFE Standards for 2017-2025 Model Year Light-Duty Vehicles

    Posted by on August 15, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently published in the Federal Register a Supplemental Notice of Intent describing a joint proposal that the agencies expect to issue.  This Supplemental Notice of Intent follows a Notice of Intent to Conduct a Joint Rulemaking, about which I wrote a blog post here. (more…)...
  • Smart Grid Bill Passes Illinois Legislature, May Be Vetoed by Governor

    Posted by on June 1, 2011
    As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill containing Commonwealth Edison's proposal to install a "smart grid" that customers would help pay for.  Under the plan, "the utility would install new smart meters that could cut down on the practice of sending out estimated bills that many people get one month only to get hammered with an outsized catch-up bill ...
  • Smart Home at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

    Posted by on January 2, 2011
    Over the weekend, my family visited the Smart Home at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.  The Smart Home is almost twice as energy efficient as an ENERGY STAR home.  It features alternative energy sources via a wind turbine and photovoltaic film (the newest in solar energy technology) on the roof, and is designed around five eco-principles: smart design, material efficiency, energy...

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