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Full Text of HJR0047  101st General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The Middle Fork River merges with the Salt Fork
3River to form the Vermilion River, which flows through
4Danville, a city of 32,000; and
5    WHEREAS, Danville is currently redeveloping its riverfront
6and intends to link this revitalized open space to the city's
7adjacent downtown as a way of attracting tourists and boosting
8their local economy; and
9    WHEREAS, In 2011, Dynegy closed the Vermilion Power
10Station, a former coal-fired power plant on the only private
11inholding along 17 miles of wild and scenic river; and
12    WHEREAS, The closed coal plant sits on the bluff above the
13Middle Fork of the Vermilion River; the 3.3 million cubic yards
14of coal ash produced over its 55-year operating life currently
15rest in three coal ash pits on the site; and
16    WHEREAS, Coal ash contaminants can include arsenic,
17barium, boron, chromium, iron, lead, manganese, molybdenum,
18nickel, and sulfate, which are known to cause birth defects,
19cancer, and neurological damage in humans and can harm and kill
20wildlife, especially fish; and



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1    WHEREAS, Coal plants across the State of Illinois are going
2to need a set of rules and guidelines to help alleviate
3environmental damage and encourage safe and responsible
4storage of the coal ash remnants from plant operations; and
5    WHEREAS, The State of Illinois needs to create laws and
6policies that encourage a safe and environmentally appropriate
7process to deal with the coal ash remnants across the State;
8therefore, be it
11SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that there is created the Illinois
12Coal Ash Task Force to bring legislators, coal company
13representatives, environmental experts, and the public
14together to study the effects of coal ash on the Vermilion
15River and the rest of the State; and be it further
16    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall be comprised of the
17following eight members, who shall serve without compensation:
18        (1) One State Representative appointed by the Speaker
19    of the House, who shall serve as chair;
20        (2) One State Representative appointed by the House
21    Minority Leader;
22        (3) One State Senator appointed by the Senate
23    President;



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1        (4) One State Senator appointed by the Senate Minority
2    Leader;
3        (5) The Director of the Illinois Environmental
4    Protection Agency or his or her designee;
5        (6) The Executive Director of the Prairie Research
6    Institute or his or her designee;
7        (7) One member from an organization whose purpose is
8    the protection of the environment and natural resources,
9    with a focus on the health and restoration of bodies of
10    water, appointed by the Governor; and
11        (8) One member from the business community, appointed
12    by the Governor; and be it further
13    RESOLVED, That the Illinois Environmental Protection
14Agency shall provide administrative support; and be it further
15    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall meet no fewer than
16three times; and be it further
17    RESOLVED, That the Task Force shall submit its final report
18to the General Assembly within one year of its formation, but
19no later than December 31, 2020, and upon the filing of its
20report, is dissolved.