the Honorable Members of
The Illinois House,
102nd General Assembly:
strong advocate of protecting Illinois communities from harmful emissions, it
is essential that companies in Illinois maintain the ability to eliminate or
control dangerous particles from their emission units so that all our residents
benefit from cleaner air. Due to an overly broad definition of “incineration,”
HB3190 would prohibit companies from using certain pollution control devices,
including thermal oxidation, resulting in substantially increased emissions of
greenhouse gases, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”), fluorides,
hazardous air pollutants, volatile organic materials, and carbon monoxide.
the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency predicts that for one Illinois
company alone, greenhouse gas emissions would increase from approximately
767,000 metric tons to a projected 40 million metric tons per year—nearly
triple the levels of the current largest greenhouse gas emitter in the state.
to the nature of the language, this issue would require changes to the language
that are substantial enough to exceed the amendatory veto power given to me by
the Illinois Constitution.
I return this bill to legislature with a total veto, it is my hope that the
General Assembly will quickly pass language that rectifies these issues and
bans the incineration of PFAS at commercial waste incinerators, which is
necessary to address the legitimate concerns of environmental justice
communities too often exposed to the consequences of industrial pollution.
pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I
hereby return House Bill 3190, entitled “An Act concerning State government,”
with the foregoing objections vetoed in its entirety.