News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 239-9722
  • What Should Companies Do If They Cannot Meet Environmental Obligations in the Wake of COVID-19?

    Posted by on March 30, 2020
    Everyone in the United States has been affected in some way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic, but many companies with environmental compliance obligations are facing impossible situations.  Worker shortages due to the pandemic as well as travel- and social-distancing restrictions imposed by many state and local governments have affected the ability of companies to carry out activities required...
  • 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 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...
  • Illinois Attorney General Wins Lawsuit Over Trump Administration Regarding Smog Regulations

    Posted by on March 16, 2018
    A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration failed to timely designate the areas of the country that have "attainment" (meeting) or "nonattainment" (not meeting) with the ground-level ozone standards established in 2015.  When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency missed an October 1, 2017 deadline, fourteen states (including Illinois), the District of Columbia, and several enviro...
  • 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 ...
  • Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Offense of Failure to Notify IEPA of Asbestos Removal

    Posted by on March 6, 2018
    Criminal prosecutions of federal environmental laws are rare and are typically limited to situations where the defendant knowingly, intentionally, and willfully violated a particular environmental statute or regulation.  The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois recently announced that a man was charged with the felony offense of failure to notify regulatory authorities p...
  • Manufacturer Settles State Air Pollution Enforcement Action for $235,000

    Posted by on February 17, 2017
    The Illinois Attorney General's Office recently settled an environmental enforcement action concerning a calcined coke plant located at 12187 East 950th Avenue in Robinson, Crawford County, Illinois.  Calcined Petroleum Coke is a critical ingredient in the production of aluminum. The enforcement action sought civil penalties for alleged violations of the air pollution provisions of the Illino...

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