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  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources Announces Invasive Species Prosecutions

    Posted by on September 9, 2014
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced prosecutions against three out-of-state businesses for alleged violations of Illinois laws governing the importation of fish species that can become invasive, or can potentially spread Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS).  Investigations by the Illinois Conservation Police have resulted in fines of nearly $30,000, with the potential f...
  • Illinois Places Future Ban on Manufacture and Sale of Products Containing Synthetic Plastic Microbeads

    Posted by on June 10, 2014
    On June 8, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that places a future ban on the manufacture and sale of products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.  Public Act 098-0638 amends the Environmental Protection Act to add Section 52.5, which now contains the ban on microbeads, the plastic bits found in personal care products (such as facial cleansers, shampoos, and toothpaste...
  • 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...
  • Morning Illinois Environmental Law News Update: 7/25/13

    Posted by on July 25, 2013
    * An updated, $50 million blueprint for keeping bighead and silver carp from reaching the Great Lakes calls for a new section to be added to the electric fish barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, construction of a mobile electric device that can be dragged behind a boat to herd fish away from places where they do not belong, and rebuilding a ditch berm to support a chain-link fence ...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for May 2013

    Posted by on June 12, 2013
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for May 2013.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which summarizes the activity that the Board has conducted in several rulemaking dockets.  Two rulemaking dockets of particular interest are: (more…)...
  • US EPA Creates Great Lakes Advisory Board

    Posted by on June 4, 2012
    U.S. EPA recently announced in a press release the creation of an advisory board to support federal agencies with the implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The new board, the federal government’s first advisory committee on Great Lakes ...

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