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Appellate court: State regulators can compel closed landfill monitoring beyond 15 years

Dee Thompson Oct. 10, 2017, 6:01pm

A panel of appellate judges has ruled state environmental regulators have the authority to force landfill operators to continue monitoring a landfill for pollution, perhaps indefinitely, despite agreements between the companies and the state supposedly setting terms for the monitoring period.

Illinois AG seeks $60,000 in penalties for Ford Heights tire fire

Carrie Salls Jun. 25, 2016, 4:14pm

CHICAGO – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against a suburban recycling company following a tire fire that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) claims jeopardized air and water quality. 

IL EPA to issue first loan specifically to replace lead pipes from water system, expects more to come

Taryn Phaneuf Jun. 2, 2016, 3:26pm

As attention increasingly builds on lead content in municipal drinking water in Chicago and elsewhere, an Illinois city has become the first community to receive aid from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency specifically targeted at alleviating problems with waterborne lead.

Appeals panel: IL pollution board wrong to uphold permits for Metro Water District sewage plants without stricter phosphorus limit

Scott Holland Mar. 4, 2016, 12:24pm

Environmental action groups have secured a legal victory in their efforts to force the region’s largest treater of wastewater to limit the amount of phosphorus – a fertilizing chemical that can cause destructive algae blooms in rivers and streams – put into local streams by its sewage treatment plants, as an Illinois appellate panel said state regulatory bodies were wrong to grant permits for three of the region’s largest treatment plants without more stringent phosphorus limits in place.