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 Bill Status of SB0561  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  PFAS REDUCTION

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Laura Ellman - Melinda Bush - Jacqueline Y. Collins, Suzy Glowiak Hilton and Laura M. Murphy

House Sponsors
(Rep. Anna Moeller)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  8/6/2021SenatePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0290

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act


Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the PFAS Reduction Act. Provides that a person, local government, fire department, or State agency may not discharge or otherwise use for training or testing purposes a class B firefighting foam containing intentionally added PFAS. On and after January 1, 2022, prohibits the knowing manufacture, sale, offering for sale, distribution for sale, or distribution for use of a class B firefighting foam containing intentionally added PFAS. Provides specified notice and recall requirements for manufacturers. Contains a prohibition and exemption for the manufacture, sale, offering for sale, or distribution for sale of food packaging containing intentionally added PFAS. Requires manufacturers of class B firefighting foam containing PFAS to register with the Environmental Protection Agency and pay to the Agency an annual registration fee of $5,000. Requires the Agency to administer and enforce the Act and to adopt rules. Requires the Office of the State Fire Marshal to conduct a survey of fire departments and to provide a report of the results of the survey to the General Assembly no later than 90 days after its completion. Provides a civil penalty of $5,000 for the first violation of the Act and $10,000 for each subsequent violation. Provides that civil penalties collected must be deposited into the Environmental Protection Trust Fund to be used in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Protection Trust Fund Act. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: Removes references to firefighting personal protection equipment. Provides that nothing in the Act shall prevent or discourage a fire department from responding to and mitigating incidents where a fire, spill, or leak of a known or suspected flammable liquid has occurred or is believed to be imminent. Provides that specified prohibitions do not apply to the use of Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals by a fire department while responding to an emergency situation. Requires manufacturers to provide specified notice to fire departments. Removes language requiring manufacturers that produce, sell, or distribute a restricted Class B firefighting foam to recall the product and reimburse the retailer or any other purchaser for the product. Requires the Agency to annually report specified notifications to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Provides that the Agency shall not adopt any rule that would prevent a fire department from mitigating an emergency incident involving a Class B flammable liquid fire, spill, or leak. Removes information to be included in the Office of the State Fire Marshal's survey of fire departments. Contains provisions regarding the proper disposal of Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS. Removes provisions regarding firefighting personal protective equipment, food packaging and exemptions, and the PFAS Program Fund. Removes language providing that persons who violate the Act are subject to specified civil penalties. Makes other changes.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 2
Provides that specified persons and entities must notify the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (rather than submit a report to the Environmental Protection Agency) within 48 hours of a discharge or release. Provides that notifications and surveys shall only include a Fire Department Identification number if applicable. Provides that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (rather than the Environmental Protection Agency) shall report specified notifications to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Removes provisions requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt rules for the implementation and administration of the Act. Requires the Office of the State Fire Marshal to conduct the survey of fire departments on or before January 1 of each of the 5 years (rather than annually) after January 1, 2022. Removes language requiring the Office of the State Fire Marshal to assist other State agencies, fire departments, and municipalities in avoiding purchasing or using firefighting agents containing PFAS chemicals that are regulated under the Act. Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to post on its website information regarding the proper methods for (rather than develop a program to assist fire departments in) disposing of Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS.

Senate Floor Amendment No. 3
Makes changes to the bill as amended by Senate Amendment No. 1 to provide that any person who operates a refinery or chemical or ethanol plant, a storage and distribution facility, or a tank farm or terminal for flammable liquids, or who has a fixed foam system in use at a manufacturing facility or warehouse, may extend the date of compliance under specified provisions to January 1, 2027 if, prior to January 1, 2025, the person determines that additional time for compliance is needed and sends notice of the determination to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  2/23/2021SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Laura Ellman
  2/23/2021SenateFirst Reading
  2/23/2021SenateReferred to Assignments
  3/3/2021SenateAssigned to Environment and Conservation
  3/12/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Laura Ellman
  3/12/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Referred to Assignments
  3/16/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Assignments Refers to Environment and Conservation
  3/17/2021SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Melinda Bush
  3/19/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Postponed - Environment and Conservation
  3/19/2021SenatePostponed - Environment and Conservation
  4/9/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Laura Ellman
  4/9/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Referred to Assignments
  4/13/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Assignments Refers to Environment and Conservation
  4/15/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted
  4/15/2021SenateSenate Committee Amendment No. 2 Adopted
  4/15/2021SenateDo Pass as Amended Environment and Conservation; 010-000-000
  4/15/2021SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading April 20, 2021
  4/15/2021SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 3 Filed with Secretary by Sen. Laura Ellman
  4/15/2021SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 3 Referred to Assignments
  4/20/2021SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 3 Assignments Refers to Environment and Conservation
  4/20/2021SenateSecond Reading
  4/20/2021SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading April 21, 2021
  4/20/2021SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Suzy Glowiak Hilton
  4/22/2021SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 3 Recommend Do Adopt Environment and Conservation; 009-000-000
  4/23/2021SenateRecalled to Second Reading
  4/23/2021SenateSenate Floor Amendment No. 3 Adopted; Ellman
  4/23/2021SenateThird Reading - Passed; 058-000-000
  4/26/2021HouseArrived in House
  4/26/2021HouseChief House Sponsor Rep. Anna Moeller
  4/27/2021HouseFirst Reading
  4/27/2021HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  5/4/2021HouseAssigned to Police & Fire Committee
  5/4/2021SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
  5/5/2021SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Laura M. Murphy
  5/13/2021HouseDo Pass / Consent Calendar Police & Fire Committee; 014-000-000
  5/13/2021HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Consent Calendar
  5/24/2021HouseSecond Reading - Consent Calendar
  5/24/2021HouseHeld on Calendar Order of Second Reading - Consent Calendar
  5/25/2021HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Consent Calendar
  5/26/2021HouseThird Reading - Consent Calendar - First Day
  5/27/2021HouseThird Reading - Consent Calendar - Passed 116-000-000
  5/27/2021SenatePassed Both Houses
  6/25/2021SenateSent to the Governor
  8/6/2021SenateGovernor Approved
  8/6/2021SenateEffective Date August 6, 2021
  8/6/2021SenatePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 102-0290

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