102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/19/2021, by Rep. Theresa Mah
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that the
Environmental Protection Agency shall ensure that possible adverse
economic, social, and environmental effects on environmental justice
communities relating to any permit or permit renewal have been fully
considered prior to publishing a draft permit or permit renewal for public
comment, and that the final decision on the permit or permit renewal is
made in the best overall public interest. Provides that any person or
entity seeking a permit or permit renewal in an environmental justice
community shall give public notice with specified information to the
residents of the environmental justice community. Provides that
environmental justice community residents shall have 90 days following a
community meeting to submit comments to the Agency. Provides that a permit
applicant for permitted activity sited in an environmental justice
community shall enter into a community benefits agreement with the unit of
local government in whose jurisdiction the permit applicant has applied.
Provides that the community benefits agreement must, at a minimum, contain
provisions requiring the permit applicant to mitigate the environmental
and public health impact of the permitted activity in the environmental
justice community. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning safety.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Environmental Protection Act is amended by
adding Section 40.4 as follows:
(415 ILCS 5/40.4 new)
Environmental justice communities; community
and environmental impact assessment; notification of
applicants; community benefits agreements.
(a) The Agency shall ensure that possible adverse
economic, social, and environmental effects on environmental
justice communities relating to any permit or permit renewal
have been fully considered prior to publishing a draft permit
or permit renewal for public comment, and that the final
decision on the permit or permit renewal is made in the best
overall public interest.
Any person seeking a permit or permit renewal shall first
submit to the Agency information necessary for the Agency to
determine if the permitted activity will adversely impact an
environmental justice community.
(b) Any person or entity seeking a permit or permit
renewal in an environmental justice community shall give
public notice to the residents of the community of the