News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • Sierra Club Reactivates Program to Inspect Construction Sites

    Posted by on March 12, 2019
    According to a recent news report, local Sierra Club chapters are reactivating programs that support volunteers who inspect construction sites for potential violations of environmental laws.  For many years, the national Sierra Club organization has had programs to "connect people with their waterways" by having them conduct local water quality testing and monitoring.  At times, these programs a...
  • New Federal Decision Requires Clean Water Act Permits for Recyclers of Construction Waste

    Posted by on December 19, 2018
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided that contractors that process construction debris and waste for recycling may need to obtain permits under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) for their stormwater runoff. As the Second Circuit ruled, “not every incident of stormwater runoff is subject to regulation under the CWA.  Only stormwater runoff associated with certain en...
  • New Member Appointed to Illinois Pollution Control Board

    Posted by on January 6, 2017
    On December 12, Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Cynthia Santos to the Board.  Santos comes to the Board after serving for 20 years as a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.  From her official biography: "Board Member Santos was appointed to the Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in December 2016.  Before joining the Board, Ms. Santos served 20 years as an elected Commissi...
  • 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...
  • Property Owners May Sue When Government’s Actions Temporarily Floods Property

    Posted by on July 11, 2016
    The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, in Hampton v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, that property owners may recover compensation under the Illinois Takings Clause when government action results in temporary flooding of their properties.  The Plaintiffs sued the MWRD, which is responsible for stormwater management, alleging that their properties were flooded and their...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Continues Environmental Rulemaking & Decisions

    Posted by on February 27, 2016
    Yesterday, the Illinois Pollution Control Board published its January 2016 Environmental Register, which summarizes the Board's actions with regard to rulemaking and decisions in environmental lawsuits.  The Board remains very active on the regulatory front regarding water pollution, especially concerning the public water supply and surface water discharges.  The Environmental Register also trum...
  • New Law #7: Increased Penalties for Violations of Rivers, Lakes, & Streams Act

    Posted by on January 5, 2016
    Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0073, which increases penalties for violations of the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act and permits the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to issue orders requiring remedial actions. (more…)...

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