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April 26, 2014

sunrise over Lake Michigan

Chicago receives two U.S. EPA grants to improve Lake Michigan water quality

Chicago received two GLRI grants totaling $1 million to protect water quality in Lake Michigan. The city will use $812,000 to install bioswales and permeable pavement in a parking area at Montrose Beach. This project will retain and filter over 4 million gallons of water each year and will reduce the discharge of untreated stormwater into Lake Michigan. The city will use $188,000 to install green infrastructure along Leland Avenue. This project will prevent almost 900,000 gallons of untreated stormwater from entering the city’s combined sewer system each year and will help prevent basement flooding in nearby homes. More information>>

April 8, 2014

brine on the Mahoning River

Former Owner of Ohio Company Pleads Guilty to Discharging Brine To Mahoning River Tributary

Benedict Lupo, former owner of Hardrock Excavating LLC, Youngstown, Ohio, pleaded guilty to discharging brine into a tributary of the Mahoning River. Lupo directed employee Mark A. Goff to empty waste liquid into a stormwater drain. Goff was also charged with making an unpermitted discharge. “Actions like these threaten to turn America’s waterways into chemical dumping grounds,” said Randall Ashe, Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Ohio. More information>>

March 27, 2014

EPA personnel respond to a spill at the BP Whiting refinery on Lake Michigan.

U.S. EPA Responds to BP Whiting oil spill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responded to a March 24 oil spill into Lake Michigan from the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana. EPA continues to work with the U.S. Coast Guard to oversee cleanup operations. More information>>

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Public comment period ends on the EPA's plans to file a proposed Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO) against Johnson County Surveyor and Johnson County Drainage Board for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Public comment period ends on EPA's proposed modification to the Land Ban Exemption previously granted to Warner-Lambert Company in Holland, Michigan. The modification will allow Warner-Lambert to inject additional types of waste fluid into three existing Class I injection wells.

Wednesday, August 8, 2014

Open house and Public Meeting on the Wedron Groundwater Contamination Site (Ottawa, Ill.)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Comment period closes on ML Wastewater Management, Inc – Mille Lacs WWTF – Mille Lacs Indian Reservation's NPDES draft permit for treated wastewater discharges. (Mille Lacs County, MN)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Applications due for 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Projects

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

State nutrient reduction strategies webinar

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

State nutrient reduction strategies webinar

Continuing Legal Education offered by Region 5's Office of Regional Counsel

EPA, Region 5, Office of Regional Counsel is an Approved Provider for Continuing Legal Education credits for calendar year 2014:
2014 Training schedule for continuing legal education offered by EPA Region 5 Office of Regional Counsel (PDF) (4 pp, 86 K)

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