News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 239-9722
  • US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Leave Post After State of the Union Address

    Posted by on December 27, 2012
    The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, has announced that she will be leaving the Obama administration after the President's State of the Union Address in early 2013: (more…)...
  • 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 ...
  • Best Practices for Working with Regulators: From Investigation to Litigation

    Posted by on November 1, 2012
    I was recently a panelist for a program at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Fall Conference in Charleston, S.C.  The program was entitled "Best Practices for Working with Regulators: From Investigation to Litigation" and also featured my friends Ross Feldmann and Christina Vassiliou Harvey.  My presentation focused on dealing with U.S. EPA and State environmental agencies ...
  • Florida Transportation Builder Article on Storm Water Compliance for Contractors

    Posted by on September 13, 2012
    I am pleased to announce that Florida Transportation Builder Magazine recently published my article, "Top Five Tips for Contractors to Ensure Storm Water Compliance."  My article discusses enforcement actions for alleged violations of storm water regulations against the construction industry by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice at sites around the coun...
  • 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 ...
  • EPA Region 5 Enforcement Results in Over 300 Million Pounds of Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated

    Posted by on January 3, 2012
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently reported the annual results of its compliance and enforcement efforts for the 2011 fiscal year.  According to EPA, its "enforcement achieved an estimated: $19 billion invested to improve environmental performance, a record year, $3 billion (included in the $19 billion) to clean up hazardous waste in communities and ensure that the pol...
  • Business Owners and Managers Learn to Use Environmental Audit Policies at Chicago Bar Association Presentation by Attorney Dave Scriven-Young

    Posted by on December 30, 2011
    The recent seminar, "How Businesses Can Take Advantage of U.S. EPA’s Audit Policy", helped business owners and managers implement strategies to lower the amount of potential civil penalties for environmental violations. Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) December 30, 2011 (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/12/prweb9068043.htm) "Business owners and managers should plan ahead to take advantage of en...

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