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 May 2013

    Posted by on June 12, 2013
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for May 2013.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which summarizes the activity that the Board has conducted in several rulemaking dockets.  Two rulemaking dockets of particular interest are: (more…)...
  • Reminder: “Adding Value With Environmental Law” Seminar is this Wednesday!

    Posted by on March 18, 2013
    You're invited to register for "Adding Value with Environmental Law", which is sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association's Environmental Law Committee.  This is the CBA's annual environmental seminar and will take place this Wednesday, March 20th, from 3pm to 6pm at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court.  As a reminder, here's the description of this great program: (more…)...
  • Environmental Legislative Update

    Posted by on April 1, 2012
    On March 21st, I spoke at the Chicago Bar Association's "Environmental Law & Practice" seminar, featuring excellent speakers providing updates on the main environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (also known as "EPCRA") and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (also k...
  • 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.   ...
  • Party Settles Arranger Liability under Illinois Superfund Statute

    Posted by on December 7, 2011
    A common legal problem that manufacturers and other companies face is liability for the cleanup of a hazardous substance that has been released.  This can include arranger liability under the federal Superfund law or a state equivalent.  Illinois law, for example, imposes liability on a company that arranged with another company to dispose of a hazardous substance at a landfill that actual...
  • 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...

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