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  • New Illinois Law Regulates Coal Ash Surface Impoundments

    Posted by on August 5, 2019
    On July 30, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 9, which places strict regulations on surface impoundments that are designed to hold an accumulation of coal combustion residue (“CCR”), commonly known as coal ash.  The term CCR encompasses fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, and flue gas desulfurization materials generated from burning coal for the purpose of genera...
  • Illinois Passes $45 Billion Capital Plan Including Money For Green Infrastructure

    Posted by on July 22, 2019
    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed into law a $45 billion capital infrastructure plan dubbed “Rebuild Illinois”.  This plan allocates $33.2 billion for transportation, including $11 billion for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s multi-year plan and $14 billion for other road and bridge projects.  It also includes $4.7 billion for mass transit, $1 billion for passenger...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Provides Regulatory and Case Update

    Posted by on February 15, 2019
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently published its Environmental Register for January 2019 on its website.  The Board is an independent five-member Board that adopts environmental control regulations and decides enforcement actions and other environmental cases in the State of Illinois.  As usual, the Environmental Register contains an update from the chairperson of the Board, Katie Pap...
  • 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...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Announces Regulatory Changes and Other News

    Posted by on March 13, 2018
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for February 2018.  The Board has the authority to adopt environmental standards and regulations for the State of Illinois and to adjudicate contested cases arising from the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and its implementing regulations.  The Environmental Register summarizes the Board's work for the past ...
  • State of Illinois Settles Alleged Water Pollution Claims Against Coal Mine Operators

    Posted by on February 26, 2018
    On February 22, 2018, the Illinois Pollution Control Board accepted the parties' stipulation and proposed settlement in People v. Illinois Fuel Co., PCB 10-86.  This case concerned two coal mines, one located five miles north of Herod, Illinois in Saline County, and one located five miles southwest of Junction, Illinois in Gallatin County, Illinois.  The State alleged that the mine operators vi...
  • 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...

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