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Articles on Environmental Law

Restrictions on use of phosphorus-containing fertilizers. PA 096-1005

September
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 452
The Illinois General Assembly has placed restrictions on the use of phosphorus-containing fertilizers on the lawn of Illinois Residents. (415 ILCS 65/2).

General Assembly creates program to support solar and wind generation projects. 096-0725

June
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
A School Wind and Solar Generation Program has been created by the Illinois General Assembly. 20 ILCS 3501/825-100.

Asian carp reduction pilot program established. PA 096-0452

May
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The 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.

Private sewage disposal restricted. PA 096-0801.

March
2010
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
Illinois lawmakers amended the Private Sewage Disposal Licensing Act by adding a new provision that will take effect on January 1, 2013. 

Green Buildings Act establishes green construction standards for state buildings. PA 096-0073

October
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 496
Illinois lawmakers have enacted the Green Buildings Act, creating environmental construction and design standards for all new state buildings and major renovation projects. 

Clean air set-aside rules updated

July
2009
Illinois Law Update
Page 336
The 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 Act

August
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
In 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. 

New rules for licensed facilities that ship and possess radioactive material

July
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 340
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency made several amendments and added two new sections to 32 Ill Adm Code 330, governing the tracking of radioactive material. 

New rules governing reporting requirements of private biodiesel producers

July
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 340
The Department of Revenue amended 86 Ill Adm Code 500, in an effort to impose reporting and payment requirements on those who produce biodiesel fuel or biodiesel fuel blends for self-use. 86 Ill. Adm. Code 500. 

Rules implement new exceptions to “pollution control facility” definition

March
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The Pollution Control Board has added more exceptions to the definition of "pollution control facility" in response to changes made to the Environmental Protection Act, 415 ILCS 5/1 et seq. 35 Ill Adm Code 101. 

Clean Coal FutureGen for Illinois Act passed. PA 095-0018

December
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 632
The Illinois General Assembly has created the Clean Coal FutureGen for Illinois Act which provides “liability protection and permitting certainty to facilitate the siting of the FutureGen Project in the State of Illinois.” 

Illinois to purchase flexible fuel and fuel efficient hybrid vehicles - PA 094-1079

March
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
 In an effort to be more environmentally conscious, the Illinois General Assembly recently added section 25-75 to the Illinois Procurement Code. 

New rules for collecting costs under the Environmental Protection Act

January
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Agency) has added new sections to 35 Ill Adm Code 1662. These new sections were enacted because the Environmental Protection Act (Act), in section 25d-7(b), requires the setting of costs for those persons liable to the state.

New Federal Rules Change Illinois Law on Environmental Due Diligence

By Charles J. Northrup
October
2006
Article
Page 550
Learn about federal rules, effective next month, governing the "all appropriate inquiry" necessary to establish the innocent landowner defense under CERCLA.

Pollution Control Board adds five new permit exemptions

June
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
Effective March 3, 2006, five new permit exemptions are available from the Pollution Control Board. The exemptions are found in Part 201 of Title 35, in new subsections hhh through lll of section 201.146.

EPA amended for pollution control PA 094-0725

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
Effective June 1, 2006, the Environmental Protection Act (Act) (415 ILCS 5 et seq) was amended by revising sections 22.51 and 39, respectively, to set more precise standards in the field of excavation. 

New procedures for obtaining exemptions to sell mercury-containing products

April
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 174
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Agency) has added new sections to Part 182 of Title 35, 35 Ill Adm Code 182. 

New endorsements for transportation of hazardous materials

October
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 506
Effective July 28, 2005, the Secretary of State has added a new section to Part 1030 of Title 92, 92 Ill Adm Code 1030.

Longer hazardous waste accumulation allowed for members of NEPTP

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
In order to reflect changes in the federal hazardous waste program allowing greater waste accumulation time for members of the National Environmental Performance Track Program .

Mercury-Containing Equipment added to Universal Waste Category

August
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 390
The Illinois Pollution Control Board has amended Part 733 of Title 35, 35 Ill Adm Code 733, effective April 13, 2005.

There’s gold in that thar wind – maybe

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2005
LawPulse
Page 330
Learn how you can help that would-be wind farmer in your client base.

Amendments to North Point Marina vendor identification and access

April
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
Effective January 10, 2005, 17 Ill Adm Code 230 has been amended by the Department of Natural Resources to add requirements for North Point Marina vendors.

Recent amendments address unauthorized discharges and vessel requirements at North Point Marina

April
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 170
The Illinois Administrative Code, 17 Ill Adm Code 220, was recently amended by the Department of Natural Resources.

Hazardous Materials Regulations Amended

March
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 116
The Illinois Department of Transportation recently amended 92 Ill Adm Code 171, effective December 20, 2004.

Loan program application procedures established for brownfields site restoration program

January
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Department) recently adopted 35 Ill Adm Code 1740. Effective October 21, 2004, the purpose of the new part is to establish the application procedure and reimbursement requirements for the Brownfields Site Restoration Program

State Creates a Fund for Proceeds from Emissions Trading of Nitrogen Oxide Permits P.A. 93-0669

June
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 292
Effective immediately, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) may sell nitrogen oxide emissions permits to sources in Illinois as a means of meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Amendments made to the Site Remediation Program

May
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 242
The Pollution Control Board recently adopted amendments to 35 Ill. Adm. Code 740, relating to the Site Remediation Program (SRP).

Companies in violation of environmental protection standards cannot procure state business and are subject to more difficult requirements for permits P.A. 093-0575

January
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
An amendment to the Illinois Procurement Code, effective January 1, 2004, provides that no person or business who was found to have willfully or knowingly violated §42 of the Environmental Protection Act.

Proximate Cause in Environmental Contamination Cases

By Christopher P. Perzan
August
2001
Article
Page 416
The author discusses the implications of adding a proximate-cause element to state Superfund cases under the IEPA.

Law requires labeling of gasoline containing MTBE—P.A. 91-718

January
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
In early June, Gov. George H. Ryan approved legislation that will let consumers know if they are buying gasoline containing the methanol derivative methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE).

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