News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • 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...
  • Environmental Register for October 2011

    Posted by on November 22, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board, which has offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, recently issued its Environmental Register for October 2011.  The Environmental Register features a letter from new Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which discusses Mr. Holbrook's background, the appointment of Dr. Deanna Glosser to the Board, and the departure of Board Member Andrea Moore. ...
  • 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…)...
  • Welding and Machine Shop Settles State Enforcement Action Alleging Water Pollution and Waste Disposal Violations

    Posted by on January 12, 2011
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the parties' stipulation and proposed settlement in People v. Durre Bros. Welding & Machine Shop, Inc., Case No. PCB 07-81, which concerned the defendant's welding and machine shop located at 405 South Chestnut Street in Minonk, Woodford County, Illinois. The State alleged that the defendant violated the Illinois Environmental Protecti...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Reminds Practitioners of Time Limits for Motions to Dismiss

    Posted by on December 15, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently ordered stricken a motion to dismiss in United City of Yorkville v. Hamman Farms, Case No. PCB 08-96, which is a citizen's enforcement action concerning the defendant's farmland in Kendall County, Illinois.  The plaintiff's complaint alleged open dumping violations, landscape waste violations, air pollution violations, and water pollution violat...
  • Parties Settle State Enforcement Action Alleging Landfill Violations

    Posted by on November 10, 2010
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently accepted the parties' stipulation and proposed settlement in People v. Swinson, Case No. PCB 10-8, which concerns defendant Don Swinson's vacant lot at 2000 Cunningham Road in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, and the general construction or demolition debris (C&D) that co-defendant Champion Environmental Services allegedly transported ...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Finds Open Dumping Violations and Issues $3,000 Penalty

    Posted by on April 12, 2010
    On April 1st, the Illinois Pollution Control Board issued an interim opinion in Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Inc. v. Vanderheiden, No. AC 08-27 and IEPA No. 51-08-AC, which concerned the defendant's property, known as Manito/Vanderheiden and located at 510 N. Park Ave., Manito, Mason County, Illinois. The Pollution Control Board found that Mr. Vanderheiden violated the Illin...

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