News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • Model Stormwater Ordinance Contains Ideas to Prevent Flood Damage

    Posted by on November 7, 2015
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with Illinois State Water Survey, developed a model stormwater ordinance to help Illinois communities manage flooding and combat flooding-related damages in urban areas.  The ordinance was developed as a result of a report that found increasing extreme precipitation events and that an increasing number of flood claims are occuring o...
  • US EPA Limits Amount of Pollutants Discharged by Steam Electric Power Plants

    Posted by on November 4, 2015
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a final rule under the Clean Water Act regulating steam electric power plants.  According to EPA, the rule "establishes the first nationally applicable limits on the amount of toxic metals and other harmful pollutants that steam electric power plants are allowed to discharge in several of their largest sources of wastewater."  EPA believes...
  • EPA Adds to Legal Morass to Business with Permit to Build

    Posted by on November 2, 2015
    Environmental law is complicated, and those complications can multiply when several states and the federal government get involved on a project.  This principle is on display in Eagle Creek Township, Indiana, where work is underway to build a 600-acre quarry.  According to news reports, the business building the quarry received a discharge permit under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, and the...
  • Illinois Follows Federal Guidance & Reduces Fluoride in Water Supplies

    Posted by on October 20, 2015
    Following the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Illinois reduced the fluoridation requirement in its public water supply regulations, changing the requirement that all community water suplies maintain a fluoride ion concentration of 0.90 to 1.2 mg/L in the community water supply distribution system to reflect a fluordiation ion concentration of 0.7 mg/L.  The I...
  • U.S. Senate Bill Would Eliminate Duplicative Permitting

    Posted by on September 22, 2015
    According to news reports, a "recently submitted Senate bill, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act, amends FIFRA [the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act] and CWA [the Clean Water Act] to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a state from requiring a permit for a discharge into navigable waters of a pesticide authorized under FIFRA and clarifies the permitting ...
  • 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...

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