News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • New Illinois Law Provides State Financial Assistance for Stormwater Management and Treatment Projects

    Posted by on August 1, 2014
    On July 23, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that he signed legislation designed to help combat flooding across the state and to protect Illinois’ drinking water.  The legislation makes stormwater management and treatment projects available for state financial assistance following last year’s record rainfall and severe flooding that affected communities across Illinois.  A copy of...
  • Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Requirement That ComEd Purchase FutureGen Power

    Posted by on July 25, 2014
    The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that it is legal to require Commonwealth Edison to purchase power from the proposed FutureGen 2.0 project.  In Commonwealth Edison Co. v. Illinois Commerce Commission, 2014 IL App (1st) 130544, the court upheld the Illinois Commerce Commission's approval of an Illinois Power Agency proposal that required ComEd to enter into a sourcing agreement with Fu...
  • U.S. EPA Awards $1 Million to Redevelop Brownfield Sites in Illinois

    Posted by on June 25, 2014
    The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that three Illinois communities will be receiving grants to cleanup contaminated properties and boost local economies by redeveloping former brownfield sites.  A brownfield site is a piece of property that is contaminated by a hazardous substance or other pollutant that complicates the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of that property...
  • 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...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update: 7/26/13

    Posted by on July 26, 2013
    * According to U.S. EPA's quarterly report of organizations that supply their electricity needs with renewable energy, the State of Illinois has significantly raised its projected annual green power usage.  [Renewable Energy World.com] Click "Read More" to see more stories... (more…)...

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