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Illinois Attorney General Settles Groundwater Contamination Enforcement Action

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 Attorney General alleged that since at least August 2003, chlorinated volatile organic compounds were present in the groundwater at the Site.  Thus, an enforcement action was brought against the defendant alleging that it caused, threatened, or allowed the discharge of contaminants into the environment so as to cause or tend to cause water pollution.  The action sought a civil penalty of $50,000 for each violation plus an additional $10,000 per day of violation, along with an order requiring that the defendant cease and desist from committing any further violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.

Under the proposed settlement, the defendant does not affirmatively admit the alleged violation and agrees to pay a civil penalty of $500.  Click here to read the complaint and here to read the order discussing the settlement.

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