News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • Manufacturer Settles State Air Pollution Enforcement Action for $235,000

    Posted by on February 17, 2017
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office recently settled an environmental enforcement action concerning a calcined coke plant located at 12187 East 950th Avenue in Robinson, Crawford County, Illinois.  Calcined Petroleum Coke is a critical ingredient in the production of aluminum. The enforcement action sought civil penalties for alleged violations of the air pollution provisions of the Illino...
  • Illinois Attorney General Settles Groundwater Contamination Enforcement Action

    Posted by on December 22, 2016
    The Illinois Attorney General's office recently settled an enforcement action seeking an injunction and civil penalties for alleged water pollution violations.  The case, People v. Inverse Investments LLC, dealt with an owner of property located in McHenry, Illinois, which was formerly used at various times as an automotive repair shop, a dry cleaning operation, and as a tire shop.  The Attorne...
  • Owner Settles Alleged Clean Water Violations Relating to Construction of Retail Store

    Posted by on August 11, 2016
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office recently settled an environmental enforcement action that serves as a reminder to all construction companies and businesses that plan to build new facilities or stores.  The enforcement action sought civil penalties for alleged violations of the clean water provisions of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.  In People v. Casey's Retail Co., the Stat...
  • 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 Law #11: Best Use of Dust Suppressants

    Posted by on January 1, 2016
    Beginning our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0089, under which the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is allowed to determine whether certain applications of dust suppressants may be managed as non-waste under a beneficial use determination. (more…)...
  • Best Practices for Working with Regulators: From Investigation to Litigation

    Posted by on November 1, 2012
    I was recently a panelist for a program at the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division's Fall Conference in Charleston, S.C.  The program was entitled "Best Practices for Working with Regulators: From Investigation to Litigation" and also featured my friends Ross Feldmann and Christina Vassiliou Harvey.  My presentation focused on dealing with U.S. EPA and State environmental agencies ...
  • Illinois Town Settles State Enforcement Action Alleging Clean Water Act Violations

    Posted by on September 16, 2012
    The Illinois Town of Cortland recently filed documents in the Illinois Pollution Control Board settling a state enforcement action, People v. Town of Cortland, PCB No. 11-67, which involved the town's wastewater spray irrigation fields and rigs located east of the town.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency received citizen complaints about the town's spray irrigation system, including th...

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