Bill Status of SB2212 100th General Assembly
Short Description: EPA-PUBLIC INTEREST ACTIONS
Sen. Daniel Biss - Jacqueline Y. Collins, Cristina Castro, Laura M. Murphy and Omar Aquino
| 5/30/2017||Senate||Referred to Assignments|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
|415 ILCS 5/Tit. XVIII heading new|
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Adds provisions concerning public interest enforcement. Provides that in certain circumstances an action may be brought in a circuit court by a person in the public interest to enforce standards or requirements concerning air, water, drinking water, and endangered and threatened species adopted under specified provisions of the Act and the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act. Provides that the provisions concerning public interest enforcement shall only become operative if specified events occur. Provides that the enforcement provisions of the Environmental Protection Act are severable. Adds provisions concerning protection of the environment, natural resources, and public health. Requires various State agencies to adopt, maintain, and enforce rules concerning air, water, drinking water, and endangered and threatened species that are at least as stringent as various regulatory baselines under federal law, in addition to State law requirements. Provides that every State agency shall undertake all feasible efforts to implement and enforce these provisions. Provides the every State agency that takes steps to enforce the provisions of the amendatory Act shall submit a report to the General Assembly at least once every 6 months describing its compliance with specified provision of the Act. Deletes provisions providing that an air pollution construction or operating permit shall not be required due to emissions of greenhouse gases if certain events occur. Deletes certain language concerning exemptions from provisions concerning the Clean Air Act Permit Program.