News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 239-9722
  • 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 Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for October 2012

    Posted by on November 12, 2012
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for October 2012.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which summarizes the activity that the Board has conducted in several rulemaking dockets. The Environmental Register also contains a rulemaking update, including a summary of the Board's adoption of final a...
  • 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.   ...
  • 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...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

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    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder has been reportedly barred from hearing asbestos cases after her campaign committee allegedly got $30,000 in contributions from area law firms specializing in asbestos-related cases.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-asbestoscases-jud,0,149...
  • U.S. EPA Reaches $39,926 Settlement With Founder of River Forest Dry Cleaners Superfund Site

    Posted by on November 23, 2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced in a Federal Register Notice that it reached an administrative settlement for recovery of past response costs with Edward Ditchfield, the founder of the River Forest Dry Cleaners Superfund site in River Forest, Cook County, Illinois.  River Forest is a suburb of Chicago.  The settlement requires Ditchfield to pay $39,926, plus po...
  • Federal Appeals Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Purchaser of Property Based on Inaccurate Environmental Representations and Warranties

    Posted by on October 10, 2011
    In Nature Conservancy v. Wilder Corp., No. 09-2988, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago recently affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the purchaser of land contaminated by the prior landowner.  This case concerned farmland purchased by The Nature Conservancy from Wilder for $16,350,000. The sales contract required Wilder to remove from the...

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