Illinois governor to sign “fracking” lawBy Matthew E. CohnJune 2013Illinois' new fracking law is over 100 pages in length. Some of the significant provisions of the new law are described in this article.
Illinois proposes more stringent asbestos regulationMarch 2013On December 7, 2012, the Illinois Department of Public published its First Notice for proposed amendments to Asbestos Abatement for Public and Private Schools and Commercial and Public Buildings in Illinois. The proposed rules are publicly available for review and were open for public comments until January 21, 2013.
Lessees and superfund liabilityBy Gene SchmittgensJune 2013In December of last year, EPA published new guidance which clarifies that a lessee is entitled to assert the bona fide prospective purchaser defense.
New Phase I ASTM standard coming in 2013By Steve SawyerMarch 2013The ASTM E1527 task group is finalizing their revisions to the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment standard that will take effect in 2013.
Newly proposed vapor intrusion restrictionsBy Raymond T. ReottFebruary 2013On January 10, 2013, the Illinois Pollution Control Board issued its long-awaited opinion in the pending indoor air inhalation or vapor intrusion regulations.
Tetrachloroethylene toxicity changes result in lower liabilityBy Timothy AdamsMarch 2013On February 19, 2012, USEPA posted revised toxicity factors to the Integrated Risk Information System, indicating that tetrachloroethylene is a “likely human carcinogen” but has a lower carcinogenic risk potential and a higher non-carcinogenic risk potential that previously assumed by EPA.