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  • 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 #5: Expansion of Liability & Penalty Increases Under Oil & Gas Act

    Posted by on January 7, 2016
    Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0137, which expands liability and increases civil penalties for falsifying or misstating information submitted in connection with oil and gas permits. (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...
  • 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.   ...

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