News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 881-6309
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on December 30, 2011
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) Crews worked overnight to clean up more than 1,400 gallons of fuel spilled into a storm sewer that discharges into the Fox River. (2) Chicago Tribune provides "12 simple steps to go green in 2012".
  • U.S. EPA Extends SPCC Compliance Date for Farmers

    Posted by on October 20, 2011
    On October 18, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published in the Federal Register a rule extending the compliance date for the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule for owners and operators of farms. The goal of the SPCC program is to prevent oil spills into waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines. A key element of this program calls for farmers a...
  • Canadian National Railway to Pay for Environmental Testing After Derailment

    Posted by on January 12, 2010
    According to a recent article in the Southtown Star, Canadian National Railway will pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the State of Illinois and Winnebago County over a train derailment in Rockford, Illinois in June 2009. During the derailment, 18 rail cars, all containing ethanol, left the tracks resulting in an explosion.  At the height of the fire, 14 rail cars were ablaze....
  • U.S. EPA Streamlines Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule

    Posted by on November 14, 2009
    On November 13, 2009, U.S. EPA published a final rule in the Federal Register that streamlines the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure ("SPCC") rule.  The purpose of the SPCC rule is to help prevent discharges of oil from storage containers into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. A facility is subject to the SPCC rule if it meets three criteria: "(1) it must be non-...

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