Illinois’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Trump Tower in Chicago, alleging that it is violating environmental laws meant to protect the fish population in the Chicago River, The Hill reports.
In the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, Attorney General Lisa Madigan accuses Trump Tower of taking in nearly 20 million gallons of water everyday from the river to cool the building’s heating and ventilation systems, and later discards heated water into the river.
Under federal law, the property is required to do “extensive studies of Chicago River fish populations and the impact of the building’s water intake system.”
Madigan’s office accuses Trump Tower of failing to submit study results to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 as required by law.
“Trump Tower continues to take millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River every day without a permit and without any regard to how it may be impacting the river’s ecosystem,” the attorney general said in a statement Tuesday. “I filed my lawsuit to make sure Trump Tower cannot continue violating the law.”
The Trump Organization, which owns the property, responded with a statement claiming Madigan’s decision “was motivated by politics.” Madigan is a Democrat and known for being a frequent litigant against President Trump’s policies.
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