News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 239-9722
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for August 2014

    Posted by on September 15, 2014
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for August 2014.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Board Chairman Deanna Glosser, which summarizes the activity that the Board has conducted in rulemaking dockets, including amendments adopted that make the Board's rules consistent with, and as stringent as, the current federal regulations regardin...
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources Announces Invasive Species Prosecutions

    Posted by on September 9, 2014
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced prosecutions against three out-of-state businesses for alleged violations of Illinois laws governing the importation of fish species that can become invasive, or can potentially spread Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS).  Investigations by the Illinois Conservation Police have resulted in fines of nearly $30,000, with the potential f...
  • U.S. EPA Regulates Cooling Water Intake Structures

    Posted by on August 30, 2014
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently published final regulations to establish requirements for cooling water intake structures at existing facilities.  According to the EPA, "cooling water is withdrawn for the purpose of dissipating waste heat from industrial processes.  Over half of all water withdrawn in the United States each year is for cooling purposes.  By far, the largest ...
  • Please Join Us For Next CBA Environmental Law Committee Meeting on September 2nd

    Posted by on August 27, 2014
    As Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee, I invite you to join us for our next meeting, which will be held on September 2, 2014 from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm at the Chicago Bar Association.  The speaker will be Kristen Laughridge Gale from Nijman Franzetti, LLP, and the topic will be “Recent Developments in Illinois Environmental Legislation”.  Attorneys of all ages...
  • New Illinois Law Provides State Financial Assistance for Stormwater Management and Treatment Projects

    Posted by on August 1, 2014
    On July 23, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that he signed legislation designed to help combat flooding across the state and to protect Illinois’ drinking water.  The legislation makes stormwater management and treatment projects available for state financial assistance following last year’s record rainfall and severe flooding that affected communities across Illinois.  A copy of...
  • Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Requirement That ComEd Purchase FutureGen Power

    Posted by on July 25, 2014
    The Illinois Appellate Court recently ruled that it is legal to require Commonwealth Edison to purchase power from the proposed FutureGen 2.0 project.  In Commonwealth Edison Co. v. Illinois Commerce Commission, 2014 IL App (1st) 130544, the court upheld the Illinois Commerce Commission's approval of an Illinois Power Agency proposal that required ComEd to enter into a sourcing agreement with Fu...
  • Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging FutureGen Air Permit

    Posted by on June 18, 2014
    The U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois recently denied an attempt by Sierra Club to challenge an air pollution control construction permit issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the FutureGen 2.0 Project.  The Court ruled in Sierra Club Inc. v. FutureGen Industrial Alliance Inc. that the Sierra Club could not challenge the permit in federal court; instead, t...

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