News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • 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  According to the EPA, "cooling water is withdrawn for the purpose of dissipating waste heat from industrial processes.  Over half of all water withdrawn in the United States each year is for cooling purposes.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 ...
  • Illinois Places Future Ban on Manufacture and Sale of Products Containing Synthetic Plastic Microbeads

    Posted by on June 10, 2014
    On June 8, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law that places a future ban on the manufacture and sale of products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.  Public Act 098-0638 amends the Environmental Protection Act to add Section 52.5, which now contains the ban on microbeads, the plastic bits found in personal care products (such as facial cleansers, shampoos, and toothpaste...
  • Could the Next Wave of Toxic Tort Lawsuits Result from Lead in Tap Water?

    Posted by on September 26, 2013
    The Chicago Tribune recently told the tale of unintended consequences--consequences that could result in serious health problems for some residents of the City of Chicago and potential toxic tort exposure.  According to the article, "[t]he problem starts with lead service lines that Chicago installed across the city until the mid-1980s to connect water mains with homes. Researchers at the U.S. E...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update: 7/28/13

    Posted by on July 28, 2013
    * The new edition of the ABA SEER Native American Resources Committee Newsletter contains articles on: (1) renewable energy on tribal lands (key agreements and terms for successful project development), (2) governance and jurisdictional considerations for renewable energy development in Indian Country, (3) a California district court's decision upholding approval of the Ocotillo wind farm, (4) fre...
  • Morning Illinois Environmental Law News Update: 7/25/13

    Posted by on July 25, 2013
    * An updated, $50 million blueprint for keeping bighead and silver carp from reaching the Great Lakes calls for a new section to be added to the electric fish barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, construction of a mobile electric device that can be dragged behind a boat to herd fish away from places where they do not belong, and rebuilding a ditch berm to support a chain-link fence ...

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