News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 239-9722
  • Elmhurst Completes Environmental Controls at Pumping Stations

    Posted by on September 23, 2015
    According to news reports, the City of Elmhurst has completed the Salt Creek (Greenway) Trail Pumping Stations Water Quality and Landscape Enhancements project involving improvements at four pumping stations.  "The goal of this project is to model the proper use of erosion and sedimentation control techniques using best management practices and educational displays.  This work will help to manag...
  • Court: Vehicle Registration Surcharge to Support Illinois DNR is Constitutional

    Posted by on August 18, 2015
    In Illinois, a $2 surcharge to fund the Department of Natural Resources is added to motor-vehicle registration fees, and this surcharge was challenged as being unconstitutional.  In Friedman v. White, the Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District affirmed a trial court's ruling granting a motion to dismiss a complaint seeking a ruling that the DNR surcharge violated the uniformity clause ...
  • Court Rejects Attempt to Block Implementation of Illinois Fracking Regulations

    Posted by on August 14, 2015
    In Smith v. Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Appellate Court for the Fifth District affirmed a trial court's ruling denying a complaint for a preliminary injunction to prevent the implementation of the Illinois DNR's fracking regulations.  As has been widely reported (see here), the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act and the initial draft of the regulations were put together by a co...
  • Speaking at AGC Contractors Environmental Conference

    Posted by on August 13, 2015
    I'm pleased to announce that I will speaking at The Associated General Contractors of America 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference, which will be held September 2-3, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia.  My topic is "Next Generation of Compliance and Reporting Environmental Information", and I will be co-presenting with Carey Johnston, PE, Enforcement Targeting and Data Division, Office of Complian...
  • 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 ...

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