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  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on January 6, 2012
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Plaintiffs seek information from Illinois EPA in suit alleging weed killer atrazine contaminates Greenville's drinking water.  They hope that the information will help defeat summary judgment motions filed by defendant Syngenta Crop Protection Services. http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/240773-till...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 30, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Crews worked overnight to clean up more than 1,400 gallons of fuel spilled into a storm sewer that discharges into the Fox River. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111229/news/712299860/ (2) Chicago Tribune provides "12 simple steps to go green in 2012". http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/op...
  • 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

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    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Approximately 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from an Federal Aviation Administration facility into a city storm sewer, which discharges into the nearby Fox River. The City of Aurora said the spill presents no danger to the public water supply. http://www.suntimes.com/9692969-417/diesel-fuel-leaks-...
  • 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...
  • U.S. EPA Extends SPCC Compliance Date for Farmers

    Posted by on October 20, 2011
    On October 18, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register a rule extending the compliance date for the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule for owners and operators of farms. The goal of the SPCC program is to prevent oil spills into waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines. A key element of this program calls for farmers a...
  • Pollution Control Board Grants Summary Judgment Against Defendants Charged with Contaminating Land with PCB Waste

    Posted by on July 18, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued an opinion granting summary judgment in favor of the State and against the defendants in People v. Ward, Case No. PCB 10-72.  This case dealt with contaminated soil at a residence located at 202 Fackney Street, Carmi, White County, Illinois.  (more…)...

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