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PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 230/) Solid Waste Site Operator Certification Law.

225 ILCS 230/1001

    (225 ILCS 230/1001) (from Ch. 111, par. 7851)
    Sec. 1001. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Solid Waste Site Operator Certification Law. References in this Article to this Act shall mean this Article.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1002

    (225 ILCS 230/1002) (from Ch. 111, par. 7852)
    Sec. 1002. Findings. The General Assembly finds that to promote the safeguarding of public health and the environment that landfill sites need to have competent site operators whose practical working knowledge of the design, operation, and maintenance of landfill sites has been certified by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1003

    (225 ILCS 230/1003) (from Ch. 111, par. 7853)
    Sec. 1003. Definitions. Except as otherwise set forth herein, terms used in this Act shall have the meanings set forth in the Environmental Protection Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1004

    (225 ILCS 230/1004) (from Ch. 111, par. 7854)
    Sec. 1004. Prohibition. Beginning January 1, 1992, no person shall cause or allow the operation of a landfill permitted or required to be permitted by the Agency unless the landfill has on its operational staff at least one natural person certified as competent by the Agency under the provisions of this Act.
    (a) For landfill sites which accept non-hazardous solid waste other than clean construction or demolition debris, the landfill shall have a Class A Solid Waste Site Operator certified by the Agency who is responsible for directing landfill operations or supervising other operational staff in performing landfill operations.
    (b) For landfill sites which accept only clean construction or demolition debris, the landfill shall have a Class A or B Solid Waste Site Operator certified by the Agency who is responsible for directing landfill operations or supervising other operational staff in performing landfill operations.
    (c) For landfill sites which accept special waste, the landfill shall have a Class A Solid Waste Site Operator certified by the Agency who has received a certification endorsement for the acceptance of special waste and who is responsible for directing landfill operations or supervising other operational staff in performing landfill operations.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1005

    (225 ILCS 230/1005) (from Ch. 111, par. 7855)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-286)
    Sec. 1005. Agency authority. The Agency is authorized to exercise the following functions, powers and duties with respect to solid waste site operator certification:
    (a) To conduct examinations to ascertain the qualifications of applicants for certificates of competency as solid waste site operators;
    (b) To conduct courses of training on the practical aspects of the design, operation and maintenance of sanitary landfills;
    (c) To issue a certificate to any applicant who has satisfactorily met all the requirements pertaining to a certificate of competency as a solid waste site operator;
    (d) To suspend, revoke or refuse to issue any certificate for any one or any combination of the following causes:
        (1) The practice of any fraud or deceit in obtaining
    
or attempting to obtain a certificate of competency;
        (2) Negligence or misconduct in the operation of a
    
sanitary landfill;
        (3) Repeated failure to comply with any of the
    
requirements applicable to the operation of a sanitary landfill, except for Board requirements applicable to the collection of litter;
        (4) Repeated violations of federal, State or local
    
laws, regulations, standards, or ordinances regarding the operation of refuse disposal facilities or sites;
        (5) Conviction in this or another State of any crime
    
which is a felony under the laws of this State or conviction of a felony in a federal court;
        (6) Proof of gross carelessness or incompetence in
    
handling, storing, processing, transporting, or disposing of any hazardous waste; or
        (7) Being declared to be a person under a legal
    
disability by a court of competent jurisdiction and not thereafter having been lawfully declared to be a person not under legal disability or to have recovered.
    (e) To adopt rules necessary to perform its functions, powers, and duties with respect to solid waste site operator certifications.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-286)
    Sec. 1005. Agency authority. The Agency is authorized to exercise the following functions, powers and duties with respect to solid waste site operator certification:
    (a) To conduct examinations to ascertain the qualifications of applicants for certificates of competency as solid waste site operators;
    (b) To conduct courses of training on the practical aspects of the design, operation and maintenance of sanitary landfills;
    (c) To issue a certificate to any applicant who has satisfactorily met all the requirements pertaining to a certificate of competency as a solid waste site operator;
    (d) To suspend, revoke or refuse to issue any certificate for any one or any combination of the following causes:
        (1) The practice of any fraud or deceit in obtaining
    
or attempting to obtain a certificate of competency;
        (2) Negligence or misconduct in the operation of a
    
sanitary landfill;
        (3) Repeated failure to comply with any of the
    
requirements applicable to the operation of a sanitary landfill, except for Board requirements applicable to the collection of litter;
        (4) Repeated violations of federal, State or local
    
laws, regulations, standards, or ordinances regarding the operation of refuse disposal facilities or sites;
        (5) For a holder of a certificate, conviction in this
    
or another State of any crime which is a felony under the laws of this State or conviction of a felony in a federal court; for an applicant, consideration of such conviction shall be in accordance with Section 1005-1;
        (6) Proof of gross carelessness or incompetence in
    
handling, storing, processing, transporting, or disposing of any hazardous waste; or
        (7) Being declared to be a person under a legal
    
disability by a court of competent jurisdiction and not thereafter having been lawfully declared to be a person not under legal disability or to have recovered.
    (e) To adopt rules necessary to perform its functions, powers, and duties with respect to solid waste site operator certifications.
(Source: P.A. 100-286, eff. 1-1-18.)

225 ILCS 230/1005-1

    (225 ILCS 230/1005-1)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 1005-1. Applicant convictions.
    (a) The Agency shall not require applicants to report the following information and shall not consider the following criminal history records in connection with an application for certification under this Act:
        (1) Juvenile adjudications of delinquent minors as
    
defined in Section 5-105 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 5-130 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (2) Law enforcement records, court records, and
    
conviction records of an individual who was 17 years old at the time of the offense and before January 1, 2014, unless the nature of the offense required the individual to be tried as an adult.
        (3) Records of arrest not followed by a conviction.
        (4) Convictions overturned by a higher court.
        (5) Convictions or arrests that have been sealed or
    
expunged.
    (b) When reviewing a conviction of any felony, the Agency shall consider any evidence of rehabilitation and mitigating factors contained in the applicant's record, including any of the following factors and evidence, to determine if a certificate may be denied because such conviction will impair the ability of the applicant to engage in the position for which a certificate is sought:
        (1) the lack of direct relation of the offense for
    
which the applicant was previously convicted to the duties, functions, and responsibilities of the position for which certification is sought;
        (2) whether 5 years since a felony conviction or 3
    
years since release from confinement for the conviction, whichever is later, have passed without a subsequent conviction;
        (3) if the applicant was previously licensed or
    
employed in this State or other states or jurisdictions, then the lack of prior misconduct arising from or related to the licensed position or position of employment;
        (4) the age of the person at the time of the criminal
    
offense;
        (5) successful completion of sentence and, for
    
applicants serving a term of parole or probation, a progress report provided by the applicant's probation or parole officer that documents the applicant's compliance with conditions of supervision;
        (6) evidence of the applicant's present fitness and
    
professional character;
        (7) evidence of rehabilitation or rehabilitative
    
effort during or after incarceration, or during or after a term of supervision, including, but not limited to, a certificate of good conduct under Section 5-5.5-25 of the Unified Code of Corrections or a certificate of relief from disabilities under Section 5-5.5-10 of the Unified Code of Corrections; and
        (8) any other mitigating factors that contribute to
    
the person's potential and current ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position for which a certificate or employment is sought.
    (c) If the Agency refuses to issue a certificate to an applicant, then the Agency shall notify the applicant of the denial in writing with the following included in the notice of denial:
        (1) a statement about the decision to refuse to grant
    
certification;
        (2) a list of the convictions that the Agency
    
determined will impair the applicant's ability to engage in the position for which a certificate is sought;
        (3) a list of convictions that formed the sole or
    
partial basis for the refusal to issue a certificate; and
        (4) a summary of the appeal process or the earliest
    
the applicant may reapply for a certificate, whichever is applicable.
    (d) No later than May 1 of each year, the Agency must prepare, publicly announce, and publish a report of summary statistical information relating to new and renewal certification applications during the preceding calendar year. Each report shall show, at a minimum:
        (1) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
certification under this Act within the previous calendar year;
        (2) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
certification under this Act within the previous calendar year who had any criminal conviction;
        (3) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
certification under this Act in the previous calendar year who were granted a license;
        (4) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
certification with a criminal conviction who were granted certification under this Act within the previous calendar year;
        (5) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
certification under this Act within the previous calendar year who were denied certification; and
        (6) the number of applicants for a new or renewal
    
certification with a criminal conviction who were denied certification under this Act in the previous calendar year in whole or in part because of a prior conviction.
(Source: P.A. 100-286, eff. 1-1-18.)

225 ILCS 230/1006

    (225 ILCS 230/1006) (from Ch. 111, par. 7856)
    Sec. 1006. Certification classifications. Solid Waste Site Operators shall be certified in accordance with the following classifications:
    (a) Class "A" Solid Waste Site Operator certificates shall be issued to those persons who in accordance with the provisions of this Section demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the design, operation, and maintenance of sanitary landfills in the following areas:
        (1) unloading, spreading, and compacting of waste,
    
litter collection, and vector abatement;
        (2) traffic control of vehicles delivering waste;
        (3) application, maintenance, and inspection of cover
    
and cover requirements under Board rules and Agency permits;
        (4) fire control, on-site personnel safety
    
requirements, and contingency plan implementation;
        (5) leachate control operation, leachate management,
    
and landfill gas management;
        (6) identification of classes of waste;
        (7) causes for revocation or suspension of
    
certificates;
        (8) reporting and recordkeeping required by Board and
    
Agency regulations and Agency permits;
        (9) financial assurance and groundwater monitoring
    
requirements;
        (10) development and implementation of contingency
    
plans, closure plans, post closure plans, and corrective action; and
        (11) requirements for payment of fees.
    (b) Class "B" Solid Waste Operator Certificates shall be issued to those persons who demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the design, operation, and maintenance of landfill sites accepting only clean construction or demolition debris in the following areas:
        (1) unloading and spreading of waste;
        (2) traffic control of vehicles delivering waste;
        (3) application, maintenance, and inspection of cover
    
and cover requirement under Board rules and Agency permits;
        (4) fire control, on-site personnel safety segments
    
and contingency plan implementation;
        (5) leachate control operation and leachate
    
management;
        (6) identification of classes of waste;
        (7) causes for revocation or suspension of
    
certificates;
        (8) reporting and recordkeeping required by Board and
    
Agency regulations and Agency permits;
        (9) financial assurance and groundwater requirements;
    
and
        (10) development and implementation of contingency
    
plans, closure plans, post closure plans, and corrective action.
    (c) Special waste certificate endorsements shall be issued to those persons who are certified as Class A Solid Waste Site Operators in accordance with the provisions of this Section, and who demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the design, operation, and maintenance of sanitary landfills relative to the acceptance and disposal of special wastes.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1007

    (225 ILCS 230/1007) (from Ch. 111, par. 7857)
    Sec. 1007. Qualifications. Every solid waste site operator certified by the Agency shall be capable of performing his duties without endangering the public health or the environment and without violating the requirements applicable to operation of sanitary landfills; shall be able to read and write English; shall produce evidence acceptable to the Agency as to his ability to maintain and operate properly the structures and equipment entrusted to his care; and shall satisfactorily demonstrate to the Agency a practical working knowledge of the design, operation, and maintenance of sanitary landfills appropriate to the classification for which certification is sought. In addition, persons shall be certified as Class "A" or Class "B" based on level of competency determined by examination and in accordance with educational and experience levels as follows:
    (a) Class "A" Certificates.
        (1) Graduation from high school or equivalent and not
    
less than 2 years of acceptable study, training, and responsible experience in sanitary landfill operation or management, or not less than 7 years of acceptable study training and responsible experience in operation or management of earth moving equipment; or
        (2) Grammar school completion or equivalent and not
    
less than 15 years of acceptable study, training, and responsible experience in sanitary landfill operation or management.
    (b) Class "B" Certificates.
        (1) Graduation from high school or equivalent and not
    
less than 6 months of acceptable study, training, and responsible experience in sanitary landfill operation or management, or not less than 3 years of acceptable study training and responsible experience in operation or management of earth moving equipment; or
        (2) Grammar school completion or equivalent and not
    
less than 5 years of acceptable study, training, and responsible experience in sanitary landfill operation or management.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1008

    (225 ILCS 230/1008) (from Ch. 111, par. 7858)
    Sec. 1008. Applications. Applications for certification shall:
    (a) Be submitted by natural persons on forms prescribed by the Agency;
    (b) Contain statements under oath showing applicant's education and experience;
    (c) Contain not less than 3 references; and
    (d) Be accompanied by the proper fee.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1009

    (225 ILCS 230/1009) (from Ch. 111, par. 7859)
    Sec. 1009. Examinations.
    (a) Examinations provided by the Agency shall be given to applicants for the purpose of determining if the applicants can demonstrate a practical working knowledge of the design, operation, and maintenance of sanitary landfills appropriate to the classification for which certification is sought. No certificate shall be issued prior to successful completion of the applicable examination.
    (b) Examinations shall be conducted by the Agency, and shall be held not less frequently than annually, at times and places prescribed by the Agency, of which applicants shall be notified in writing.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1010

    (225 ILCS 230/1010) (from Ch. 111, par. 7860)
    Sec. 1010. Certificates.
    (a) The Solid Waste Site Operator Certificate shall certify the competency of the applicant within the class of the certificate issued, and shall show the full name of the applicant, have an identifying number, and be signed by the Director.
    (b) Certificates shall be issued for a period of 3 years, with the expiration date being 3 years from the first day of October of the calendar year in which the certificate is issued.
    (c) Every 3 years, on or before the October 1 expiration, a certified solid waste site operator shall renew his certificate of competency and pay the required renewal fee. A grace period for renewal will be granted until November 1 of that year before the reinstatement penalty is assessed.
    (d) At the time of certificate renewal, the applicant shall demonstrate competency in the same manner as a new applicant.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)

225 ILCS 230/1011

    (225 ILCS 230/1011) (from Ch. 111, par. 7861)
    Sec. 1011. Fees.
    (a) Fees for the issuance or renewal of a Solid Waste Site Operator Certificate shall be as follows:
        (1)(A) $400 for issuance or renewal for Class A Solid
    
Waste Site Operators; (B) $200 for issuance or renewal for Class B Solid Waste Site Operators; and (C) $100 for issuance or renewal for special waste endorsements.
        (2) If the fee for renewal is not paid within the
    
grace period the above fees for renewal shall each be increased by $50.
    (b) Before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, all fees collected by the Agency under this Section shall be deposited into the Hazardous Waste Occupational Licensing Fund. The Agency is authorized to use monies in the Hazardous Waste Occupational Licensing Fund to perform its functions, powers, and duties under this Section.
    On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, all fees collected by the Agency under this Section shall be deposited into the Environmental Protection Permit and Inspection Fund to be used in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of Section 22.8 of the Environmental Protection Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-692, eff. 7-1-14; 98-822, eff. 8-1-14.)

225 ILCS 230/1012

    (225 ILCS 230/1012) (from Ch. 111, par. 7862)
    Sec. 1012. Administrative review.
    (a) Before suspending, revoking, or refusing to issue a certificate or endorsement issued under this Act, the Agency shall provide the certificate holder or applicant an opportunity for hearing.
    (b)(1) All final administrative decisions of the Agency
    
hereunder shall be subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
        (2) Such proceedings for judicial review shall be
    
commenced in the circuit court for Sangamon County. The venue shall be in Sangamon County.
        (3) The Agency shall not be required to certify any
    
record to the court or file any answer in court or otherwise appear in any court in a judicial review proceeding, unless there is filed in the court with the complaint a receipt from the Agency acknowledging payment of the costs of furnishing and certifying the record which costs shall be computed at the rate of 20 cents per page of such record. Exhibits shall be certified without cost. Failure on the part of the Plaintiff to file such receipt in court shall be grounds for dismissal of actions.
(Source: P.A. 86-1363.)