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Environmental Law

Business owners have to contend with numerous regulations and agencies that they have to ensure compliance with to maintain their operations. One of these regulations is environmental in nature and may issue from both federal and state agencies. Depending on the nature of your business, there are a variety of environmental laws and complex procedural and registration requirements for which you have to comply.

You should consult with an experienced counsel if you own business and want to ensure its compliance with federal and state environmental laws. The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt has been serving clients in the greater Chicagoland area for over 38 years and can provide you with seasoned legal advice to ensure your business complies with all relevant environmental requirements and avoid costly problems later on.

There are a variety of environmental issues that businesses have to contend with, including:

  • Land Use. Projects involving the development of real estate, including the design, development, and approval of large commercial, residential, or industrial land use projects, can involve a variety of approving agencies, local boards, and regulations. Businesses who are seeking to develop real estate may have to submit applications to these local bodies for approval. They also need to ensure that they are familiar and in compliance with land use codes dealing with environmental implications of land use. These issues may include variances, special use permits, plat or subdivision approval, annexation or condemnation, or even eminent domain.
  • Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act is a federal statute enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency. If your business may be a source of air pollution, then you may be required to obtain operating permits under Title V of the Clean Air Act. These may include businesses that engage in chemical, glass, and metal manufacturing or that use incineration units.
  • Clean Water Act. If your business operates near protected wetlands or puts out water pollution, there are specific permit requirements under the Clean Water Act. These permits involve operating near wetlands if your business discharges dredged or fill materials into U.S. waters. The Clean Water Act also affects businesses that discharge wastewater to surface water or a municipal sewer and requires them to apply for a permit.
  • Endangered Species Act. This law may require you to acquire a permit from other federal agencies if your business activities affect threatened or endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Services, or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources issue these permits, depending on the specie involved.
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Permits. This act is a federal program that manages hazardous waste from beginning to end. It regulates the creation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous wastes. If your business is creating or disposing of hazardous waste, then you will need a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or the EPA.

The complex maze of federal and state environmental laws can make compliance a difficult task. There are multiple regulatory agencies that may be involved. If you are a business owner, you should seek the guidance of an experienced attorney who can help you interpret the numerous environmental requirements and implement the necessary steps to achieve compliance. The Law Office of Richard J. Arendt is dedicated to providing expert counsel in the greater Chicagoland area, including Boone, Cook, Du Page, Kane, McHenry, Lake, and Will counties. Richard J. Arendt has decades of experience helping business owners comply with the numerous environmental requirements coming from federal and state sources. You may call us to schedule an initial consultation at (312) 642-9606.