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Brownfield cleanup tax credit passes Illinois Senate (SB 3212)

29 Mar

The Illinois Senate has passed Senate Bill 3212 and the bill has now moved to the House.  SB 3212 creates a state income tax credit for projects in the IEPA’s Site Remediation Program which are approved by local authorities and will “create at least 10 new jobs, retain 25 jobs, or a combination thereof.”  75% of the credit can be taken in the year the credit is initially approved and the remaining 25% can be taken once a No Further Remediation (NFR) letter is received, although the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will have the authority to withhold the remaining 25% until the required jobs are created and documented.  Parties responsible for the pollution are not allowed to receive the income tax credit.

Senate Bill 3212

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EPA proposes to exempt captured CO2 storage from hazardous waste regulations

17 Aug

Under a recent proposed rulemaking, EPA has manifested its intent to exclude captured and sequestered CO2 from regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Assuming that the CO2 injection wells meet stringent conditions, EPA concluded that the sequestered carbon would not pose a risk to human health or the environment. The rulemaking falls under the interagency task force on carbon capture and storage (CCS), which was developed to provide a consistent national framework for CCS development.

Injection wells will still be regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). In another recently finalized rule, the EPA designated a new class VI of underground injection wells. The permitting process for Class VI wells is intended to insure that the wells are properly sited and will not pose a threat to the environment or nearby drinking water sources. Overall, this represents fewer regulatory barriers for a CCS developer. (more…)

Grants for Illinois Green Manufacturers

11 Aug

The department of Commerce and Economic opportunity is tasked with promulgating guidance for the distribution of Green Manufacturing grants. In general, applicants can receive a grant of up to $250,000 for projects intended to have positive environmental benefits, such as improving air quality, waste reduction or the addition of renewable energy generation to a manufacturing facility. The goal of the grants is to reduce the overall manufacturing footprint and achieve cost savings at the facility. The regulations can be found at 20 ILCS 605/605-524.

Generally manufacturers with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply for a grant.  If you have any questions regarding the Green Manufacturing Grants or would like assistance applying for a grant, contact us at 773-609-5320, info@thornenvironmentallaw.com, or through our web contact form.

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The Global Reporting Initiative

9 Aug

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is fast becoming the standard for sustainability reporting. The GRI develops frameworks for reporting non-financial disclosures through a consensus-based process. The main reporting document, which was published in 2006 is available on the GRI’s website and is freely available to the public. This document lays the foundation for the metrics that an organization can use to measure and report on its economic, environmental and social impacts.

The technical guidelines, now in version 3.1, only provide the basic framework for reporting and are generally supplemented by sector supplements. These supplements are available for electric utilities, food processors, mining, and financial services, among others. Sector supplements are in the development process for several sectors including: airports, construction and telecommunications. (more…)

The Carbon Disclosure Project

1 Aug

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a not-for-profit company created for collecting data on carbon emissions. The goal is then to have this data available for investors, who can use it when making financial decisions. At this time there are about 3,000 organizations involved in the CDP. Generally, the reports made the DCP are available to the public at the CDP’s website.

The CDP provides a consistent, global reporting framework. The advantages to this program are its comparability and credibility due to the amount of organizations participating. The major disadvantages of the program are its costs and the potential to disclose some of your company’s confidential business information. However, both of these drawbacks can be minimized. (more…)

Stephen Thorn joining Chicago-Kent as adjunct law professor

30 Jul

Stephen Thorn is joining the Chicago-Kent School of Law as an Adjunct Law Professor.  He will be teaching the Advanced Legal Writing: Environmental Law course.

EPA to encourage certified recycling of electronic waste

25 Jul

On July 20, EPA administrators and executives from major consumer electronics companies jointly announced EPA’s commitment to encourage environmentally safe management of used electronics. The agency will take actions to promote eco-friendly design of electronics, promote recycling of used electronics and improve the US market for recycled electronics components.

According to the press release, Americans generate almost 2.5 million tons of e-waste annually. This waste contains plastic, glass, precious metals and rare earth metals. This presents an enormous economic opportunity. (more…)

RE-Powering America: EPA’s guidance on the use of contaminated properties for renewable energy development

20 Jul

Under the RE-Powering America’s Land: Siting Renewable Energy on Potentially Contaminated Land and Mine Sites Initiative, the EPA intends to take some of the ambiguity out of the redevelopment of contaminated properties for use as utility-scale renewable generation facilities. EPA’s guidance Siting Renewable Energy on Contaminated Properties: Addressing Liability Concerns provides important information on how to limit potential liability when entering into a lease contract. Several of the key takeaways are as follows: (more…)

Illinois NOx Trading Sunset for Non-EGUs

8 Jul

In June, the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) proposed amendments to the Nitrogen Oxides Emissions trading regulations (35 IAC 217). The amendment is intended to sunset the trading requirements for non-Electric Generating Units (EGUs). The IPCB’s actions are in response to EPA’s decision to no longer allocating allowances for the NOx trading program, previously established under the clean air program.

However, some of the other recordkeeping, monitoring and reporting requirements will remain in place. This change is expected to impact at least 50 facilities within the state. IPCB is accepting comments on its proposal through July 18, 2011. Reference should be made to docket R11-08.

If you have any questions regarding the IPCB’s proposed amendments or the NOx trading rules, contact us at 773-467-7134, info@thornenvironmentallaw.com, or through our web contact form.

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Stephen Thorn appointed to ISBA Environmental Section Council

18 Jun

Stephen Thorn has been appointed to the Environmental Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.  The Council evaluates and makes recommendations regarding existing and proposed legislation and regulations in the environmental law field.  The Council also monitors developments in the environmental law field and disseminates relevant information to other attorneys and business, industrial, government, and agricultural interests.

If you have any questions regarding the Council, contact us at 773-609-5320 or info@thornenvironmentallaw.com, or through our web contact form.

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