News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 239-9722
  • Toxics Release Inventory Analysis Shows Good News Nationally, Mixed Bag for Illinois

    Posted by on January 17, 2017
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual 2015 Toxics Release Inventory ("TRI") National Analysis, which tracks the management of certain toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment.  This information is gathered from American facilities in different industries, which must report annually on how much of each chemical is released to the environ...
  • New Law #2: Restrictions on Disposal of Remediation Waste from Manufactured Gas Plants

    Posted by on January 13, 2016
    Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0365, which requires that waste from the remediation of a manufactured gas plant site must be disposed in a permitted hazardous waste disposal site, unless analysis demonstrates that the waste does not exceed regulatory levels. (more…)...
  • New Law #11: Best Use of Dust Suppressants

    Posted by on January 1, 2016
    Beginning our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0089, under which the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is allowed to determine whether certain applications of dust suppressants may be managed as non-waste under a beneficial use determination. (more…)...
  • New Webinar Assisting Businesses Comply With Used Oil Regulations

    Posted by on October 29, 2015
    My next speaking engagement will be a BLR (Business & Legal Resources) webinar entitled "Used Oil Generators: Cost-Effective Strategies to Ensure Compliance with EPA Regulations".  Business owners and plant managers will learn how to: (more…)...
  • New Study Shows PCB Contamination Still a Problem in Chicago

    Posted by on October 22, 2015
    According to new research, "soils, sewage sludge and paint are major sources" of PCB contamination in Chicago, and "current cleanup strategies may not be the most effective for protecting people’s health."  The research also suggests that "more than 400 pounds of toxic PCBs are emitted to Chicago’s air each year."  Read the News Story This is the unfortunate consequence of chemicals like...
  • EPA To Oversee Cleanup of Lead-Contaminated Soil at Chicago Site

    Posted by on October 7, 2015
    U.S. EPA Region V recently issued a press release relating to cleanup at a site in Chicago.  EPA "announced a settlement with H. Kramer & Co., the City of Chicago and the BNSF Railway Co. to remove lead-contaminated soil near the Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen.  The alley at 21st Place behind the H. Kramer foundry and a portion of the BSNF railway spur at 21st Place and Cermak Roa...
  • Seventh Circuit Finds Superfund Liability Limited by Release Signed in 1920

    Posted by on September 24, 2015
    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a 95-year old agreement released a defendant from contribution costs under the Superfund statute.  In Peoples Gas Light & Coke Company v. Beazer East, Inc., Peoples Gas sued to recover costs it had incurred in conducting environmental investigation and removal activities at a property that it partially owned.  At issue in this case was ...

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