By Jeryl L. OlsonKay R. Bonza, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Illinois Office of State Fire Marshall (“OSFM”) regulations, (42 Ill. Reg. 10476, 10662-667, June 15, 2018, effective October 13, 2018), require that periodic operation and maintenance include recorded “walkthrough inspections” for underground storage tank (UST)

By Patrick D. Joyce, Philip L. Comella, and Craig B. Simonsen

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ proposed rules on “High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing” were recently approved, and will soon be published in the Illinois Register.

Bloomberg BNA reported that the Illinois’ Joint Commission for Administrative Rules (JCAR), approved the

By Patrick D. Joyce, Philip L. Comella, and William R. Schubert

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General, in a February 5, 2014 memorandum, stated that it intends to evaluate how federal and state regulation of the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industry has protected water resources and managed potential threats. “EPA’s Oversight

By Jeryl L. Olson and Craig B. Simonsen

The Illinois Pollution Control Board just rejected Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s (IEPA) proposed “emergency” rules that would have imposed additional Statewide requirements on the handling of coke and coal, including petroleum coke or “petcoke,” at bulk terminals and other specified facilities. Opinion and Order, January 23,

By Patrick D. Joyce, Philip L. Comella, and William R. Schubert

Illinois and California, two states that passed major pieces of legislation governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) earlier this year, have just released drafts of the regulations that will implement their new laws.

What are the major issues?  While the two States’ schemes are not

Abigail Cahak and Ronald J. Kramer have just put out an important Client Alert that provides an update and a link to the recent Illinois State Police Department guidance on signage required under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

The Department press release included a template of an approved sign for use on private property.  Consistent

By Philip L. Comella and William R. Schubert

California is the most recent state to pass a new, comprehensive statute with which to regulate the hydraulic fracturing industry.

The California statute is making headlines, and for a good reason: California contains an estimated two thirds of the nation’s shale-rock oil deposits. Further, since many details

By Mark A. Lies II and Craig B. Simonsen

Illinois has just enacted the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, PA 98-63, July 9, 2013. Accordingly, in response to the fact that employees may be carrying weapons, Illinois employers have to ask themselves “are the Company’s policies and procedures up-to-date.”

It will take some time for

By Jeryl L. Olson and Rebecca A. Davis

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has joined several other states (including e.g., Illinois, Minnesota, and South Carolina) in implementing an expedited air permit process where applicants can, for a fee, enjoy accelerated air permit review, and issuance of air permits, in Georgia.

The expedited permitting

Andrew H. Perellis and William R. Schubert

The Illinois General Assembly passed and Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a highly-publicized bill overhauling the regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Public Act 098-0022, Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. The new Illinois scheme will be among the most stringent and comprehensive in the Country, and a likely