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Posts Tagged ‘Clean Water Act’
  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules Clean Water Act Permits May Be Required When Point Source Pollution Is Discharged Into Groundwater

    Posted by on April 30, 2020
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund that further expands upon its opinions under the Clean Water Act.  This time, the Court addressed the issue of whether the Clean Water Act requires a permit when pollutants originate from a point source but are conveyed to navigable waters by groundwater.  Point sources under the Clean Water Act are defin...
  • 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 Passes $45 Billion Capital Plan Including Money For Green Infrastructure

    Posted by on July 22, 2019
    Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed into law a $45 billion capital infrastructure plan dubbed “Rebuild Illinois”.  This plan allocates $33.2 billion for transportation, including $11 billion for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s multi-year plan and $14 billion for other road and bridge projects.  It also includes $4.7 billion for mass transit, $1 billion for passenger...
  • Sierra Club Reactivates Program to Inspect Construction Sites

    Posted by on March 12, 2019
    According to a recent news report, local Sierra Club chapters are reactivating programs that support volunteers who inspect construction sites for potential violations of environmental laws.  For many years, the national Sierra Club organization has had programs to "connect people with their waterways" by having them conduct local water quality testing and monitoring.  At times, these programs a...
  • 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...
  • New Federal Decision Requires Clean Water Act Permits for Recyclers of Construction Waste

    Posted by on December 19, 2018
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided that contractors that process construction debris and waste for recycling may need to obtain permits under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) for their stormwater runoff. As the Second Circuit ruled, “not every incident of stormwater runoff is subject to regulation under the CWA.  Only stormwater runoff associated with certain en...

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