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  • 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...
  • Reminder: “Adding Value With Environmental Law” Seminar is this Wednesday!

    Posted by on March 18, 2013
    You're invited to register for "Adding Value with Environmental Law", which is sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee.  This is the CBA's annual environmental seminar and will take place this Wednesday, March 20th, from 3pm to 6pm at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court.  As a reminder, here's the description of this great program: (more…)...
  • 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 ...
  • Save the Date for 1/24/12 Webinar: Environmental Hot Topics for 2012

    Posted by on December 29, 2011
    On January 24, 2012 at noon (central), Chicago environmental attorney Dave Scriven-Young will present a webinar entitled "Environmental Hot Topics for 2012".  This free program will look at the year ahead and analyze upcoming environmental legal issues, including cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, climate change regulations, water issues, and concerns over the Keystone XL Pipeline.   ...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 22, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) EPA announces first-ever nationwide standard for mercury and air toxics pollution from power plants. http://rockrivertimes.com/2011/12/21/epa-issues-landmark-standard-for-mercury-air-toxics-pollution-from-coal-fired-power-plants/ (2) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publish the Aquatic Nuisance Species Co...
  • Public and Private Entities Settle State Enforcement Action Alleging Illegal Dumping of Waste at Clean Construction and Demolition Debris Facility

    Posted by on December 16, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the parties' stipulations and proposed settlements in People v. Reliable Materials Lyons, LLC, Case No. PCB 12-52.  This case concerned illegal dumping of waste taken from a 7.5 acre parcel of land located at 401 North Sawyer Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, owned by the Board of Education of the City of Chicago ("CPS"), and disposed of at a cle...
  • Enforcement Actions: How Are Civil Penalties Calculated?

    Posted by on December 14, 2011
    I am often asked by owners and executives of manufacturers and other companies to calculate the amount of penalty that their organization will face as a result of an environmental violation.  Often, there is a maximum penalty provided by statute, and then statutes, regulations, case law, and/or policy guidance help determine how the penalty actually will be calculated. A good example of...

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