Environmental Protection Act (Illinois)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Illinois

Applies to States or Provinces Illinois
Name Environmental Protection Act (Illinois)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1585&ChapterID=36

Last Review 2014-09-15


This Act states general provisions for the protection of the environment. It also states specific regulations for air, water and land pollution as well as atomic radiation, toxic chemical and oil spill reporting; along with penalties and permit requirements for several processes. No person shall cause or threaten or allow the discharge or emission of any contaminant into the environment or construct, install, or operate any equipment, facility, vehicle, vessel, or aircraft capable of causing or contributing to air pollution or designed to prevent air pollution, of any type designated by Board regulations without a permit granted by the Agency unless otherwise exempt by this Act or Board regulations. Emission standards and penalties for violations are also stated. Under the water pollution chapter, the act states prohibited actions such as discharging pollutants in water bodies or installing equipment that may cause water pollution. Under land pollution, no person shall cause or allow the open dumping of any waste or abandon, dump, or deposit any waste upon the public highways or other public property, except in a sanitary landfill approved by the Agency pursuant to regulations adopted by the Board. Under atomic radiation, the article states that at least 60 days before beginning the decommissioning of any nuclear power plant located in this State, the owner or operator of the plant shall file, for information purposes only, a copy of the decommissioning plan for the plant with the Agency and a copy with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Any person, corporation or public authority intending to construct a nuclear steam-generating facility or a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant shall file with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency an environmental feasibility report which incorporates the data provided in the preliminary safety analysis required to be filed with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Lynn Delaney
Department Illinois Pollution Control Board

Phone 312-814-3832

Email Lynn.delaney@illinois.gov
Website http://www.ipcb.state.il.us/
Contact Name Kurt Neibergall
Department Illinois EPA

Phone 217-785-3819

Email kurt.neibergall@illinois.gov
Website http://www.epa.state.il.us/

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 415 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5
Date Effective 2002