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  • 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 ...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for May 2013

    Posted by on June 12, 2013
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for May 2013.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which summarizes the activity that the Board has conducted in several rulemaking dockets.  Two rulemaking dockets of particular interest are: (more…)...
  • Illinois Pollution Control Board Releases Environmental Register for February 2013

    Posted by on March 21, 2013
    The Illinois Pollution Control Board recently issued its Environmental Register for February 2013.  The Environmental Register features a letter from Board Chairman Thomas Holbrook, which summarizes the activity that the Board has conducted in several rulemaking dockets. The Environmental Register also contains a rulemaking update, including a summary of the Board's adoption of a first ...
  • Illinois Federal Court Dismisses Asian Carp Lawsuit

    Posted by on December 11, 2012
    The Asian Carp lawsuit hit another bump in the road recently, when the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the plaintiffs' complaint and expressed skepticism on whether the case could continue.  In that case, Michigan v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, No. 10 C 4457 (N.D. Ill.), a group of states bordering the Great Lakes sought an order requiring the U.S. Army Corps...

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