Easing synthetic plastic microbeads out of commerceAugust 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 372Due to the potential environmental impact of plastic microbeads on aquatic organisms, as of December 31, 2017, it shall be illegal to manufacturer for sale personal care products that contain synthetic plastic microbeads, with the exception of over the counter drugs.
Certification for drinking water examinersJune 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 272Pursuant to the Public Water Supply Operations Act, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has set forth procedures to obtain a drinking water operator certification. 35 Ill. Adm. Code 681 (eff. Apr. 1, 2014).
New designations for water quality standardsMay 2014Illinois Law Update, Page 220In line with the Clean Water Act's goal of protecting aquatic wildlife, the Pollution Control Board (the "Board") adopted new aquatic life use designations. 35 Ill. Adm. Code 303 (eff. Feb. 13, 2014).
Fracking Comes to IllinoisBy Leonard S. Kurfirst and Colin P. O’DonovanAugust 2013Article, Page 404What exactly is fracking? How big an impact might it have in Illinois? This article reviews the process and the new state law.
Amendments to sewer discharge criteriaApril 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 176The Illinois Pollution Control Board (the "Board") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing wastewater pretreatment regulations. 35 Ill. Adm. Code 307.
Revisions to groundwater quality regulationsJanuary 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Illinois Pollution Control Board (the "Board") recently adopted amendments to groundwater quality regulations. 35 Ill. Adm. Code 620.
Electric vehicle car sharing grantsDecember 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 632The recently amended Alternative Fuels Program ("AFP"), executing and as authorized by Sections 15 and 30 of the Alternate Fuels Act [415 ILCS 120/15 and 30], governs procedures for applying for alternate fuel vehicle rebates and electric vehicle car sharing grants. 35 Ill. Admin. Code 275.
Changes to special waste hauling permitsOctober 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 520The Illinois Pollution Control Board ("the Board") recently adopted amendments to the regulations governing special waste hauling. 35 Ill. Adm. Code 809.
Implementation of effluent standards in certain recreation watersMay 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 240The Illinois Environmental Protection Act (415 ILCS 5/13 and 27) authorizes the adoption of regulations to promote the purposes of the Environmental Protection Act, including but not limited to regulations as required by circumstances for different contaminant sources and different geographical areas and special provisions for alert and abatement standards for occurrences of pollution constituting an acute danger to health.
Registration of Smaller Sources ProgramMarch 2012Illinois Law Update, Page 132The Illinois Pollution Control Board ("the Board") created a new Registration of Smaller Sources (ROSS) Program intended to simplify air regulatory requirements by requiring sources with low emissions to register with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency ("the Agency") rather than requiring an air permit as authorized by sections 9.14 and 27 of the Environmental Protection Act. 35 Ill Adm Code 201.175.
Changes in alternate fuels programJanuary 2011Illinois Law Update, Page 16The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency recently amended the Alternate Fuels Program, which offers rebates for vehicles that meet certain requirements, so as to reflect amendments to the Alternate Fuels Act enacted in 2003, 2007, and 2009. 35 Ill Adm Code 275.
Asian carp reduction pilot program established. PA 096-0452May 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 236The Department of Natural Resources has been charged with running a year-long pilot program focused on harvesting Silver Carp and Bighead Carp, two invasive species in the Illinois River, in order to facilitate an increase in population of native fish.
Clean air set-aside rules updatedJuly 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 336The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency adopted new standards to regulate clean air set-asides under Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Implementation of the Green Government Illinois ActAugust 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 390In an effort to demonstrate Illinois' commitment to conserving natural resources, reducing negative environmental impacts, and decreasing green house gas emissions, the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council adopted the Green Governments Illinois Act.