News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. -- (312) 239-9722
Posts Tagged ‘state enforcement action’
  • 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 Law #5: Expansion of Liability & Penalty Increases Under Oil & Gas Act

    Posted by on January 7, 2016
    Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0137, which expands liability and increases civil penalties for falsifying or misstating information submitted in connection with oil and gas permits. (more…)...
  • New Law #7: Increased Penalties for Violations of Rivers, Lakes, & Streams Act

    Posted by on January 5, 2016
    Continuing our countdown of new Illinois environmental laws taking effect on January 1, 2016 is Public Act 99-0073, which increases penalties for violations of the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act and permits the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to issue orders requiring remedial actions. (more…)...
  • EPA To Oversee Cleanup of Lead-Contaminated Soil at Chicago Site

    Posted by on October 7, 2015
    U.S. EPA Region V recently issued a press release relating to cleanup at a site in Chicago.  EPA "announced a settlement with H. Kramer & Co., the City of Chicago and the BNSF Railway Co. to remove lead-contaminated soil near the Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen.  The alley at 21st Place behind the H. Kramer foundry and a portion of the BSNF railway spur at 21st Place and Cermak Roa...
  • Illinois Environmental News Update

    Posted by on January 9, 2012
    Here's your Illinois environmental news update for this morning from across the internet: (1) State of Illinois sues the City of Markham for allegedly violating the IL Environmental Protection Act by not having a backflow contamination control in its water supply system for at least six months. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8494027 (2) Illinois EPA officials h...
  • Enforcement Actions: How Are Civil Penalties Calculated?

    Posted by on December 14, 2011
    I am often asked by owners and executives of manufacturers and other companies to calculate the amount of penalty that their organization will face as a result of an environmental violation.  Often, there is a maximum penalty provided by statute, and then statutes, regulations, case law, and/or policy guidance help determine how the penalty actually will be calculated. A good example of...
  • Party Settles Arranger Liability under Illinois Superfund Statute

    Posted by on December 7, 2011
    A common legal problem that manufacturers and other companies face is liability for the cleanup of a hazardous substance that has been released.  This can include arranger liability under the federal Superfund law or a state equivalent.  Illinois law, for example, imposes liability on a company that arranged with another company to dispose of a hazardous substance at a landfill that actual...

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