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1    AN ACT concerning safety.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Environmental Protection Act is amended by
5adding Sections 13.9 and 21.7 as follows:
6    (415 ILCS 5/13.9 new)
7    Sec. 13.9. Mahomet Aquifer natural gas storage study.
8    (a) Subject to appropriation, the Prairie Research
9Institute shall:
10        (1) use remote sensing technologies, such as
11    helicopter-based time domain electromagnetics,
12    post-processing methods, and geologic modeling software,
13    to examine, characterize, and prepare three-dimensional
14    models of the unconsolidated geologic materials overlying
15    any underground natural gas storage facility located
16    within the boundaries of the Mahomet Aquifer; and
17        (2) to the extent possible, identify within those
18    unconsolidated geologic materials potential structures and
19    migration pathways for natural gas that may be released
20    from the underground natural gas storage facility.
21    (b) For purposes of this Section, "underground natural gas
22storage facility" has the meaning provided in Section 5 of the
23Illinois Underground Natural Gas Storage Safety Act.



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1    (415 ILCS 5/21.7 new)
2    Sec. 21.7. Landfills.
3    (a) The purpose of this Section is to enact legislative
4recommendations provided by the Mahomet Aquifer Task Force,
5established under Public Act 100-403. The Task Force identified
6capped but unregulated or underregulated landfills that
7overlie the Mahomet Aquifer as potentially hazardous to
8valuable groundwater resources. These unregulated or
9underregulated landfills generally began accepting waste for
10disposal sometime prior to 1973.
11    (b) The Agency shall prioritize unregulated or
12underregulated landfills that overlie the Mahomet Aquifer for
13inspection. The following factors shall be considered:
14        (1) the presence of, and depth to, any aquifer with
15    potential potable use;
16        (2) whether the landfill has an engineered liner
17    system;
18        (3) whether the landfill has an active groundwater
19    monitoring system;
20        (4) whether waste disposal occurred within the
21    100-year floodplain; and
22        (5) landfills within the setback zone of any potable
23    water supply well.
24    (c) Subject to appropriation, the Agency shall use existing
25information available from State and federal agencies, such as



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1the Prairie Research Institute, the Department of Natural
2Resources, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the
3Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Natural Resources
4Conservation Service, to identify unknown, unregulated, or
5underregulated waste disposal sites that overlie the Mahomet
6Aquifer that may pose a threat to surface water or groundwater
8    (d) Subject to appropriation, for those landfills
9prioritized for response action following inspection and
10investigation, the Agency shall use its own data, along with
11data from municipalities, counties, solid waste management
12associations, companies, corporations, and individuals, to
13archive information about the landfills, including their
14ownership, operational details, and waste disposal history.
15    Section 10. The Illinois Groundwater Protection Act is
16amended by adding Section 10 as follows:
17    (415 ILCS 55/10 new)
18    Sec. 10. Pekin Metro Landfill; pilot projects.
19    (a) Subject to appropriation, the Agency shall design and
20implement up to 2 pilot studies of landfills that overlie the
21Mahomet Aquifer to identify threats to surface and groundwater
22resources that are posed by the landfills. One of the pilot
23projects shall be conducted at the Pekin Metro Landfill in
24Tazewell County. In conducting the pilot projects, the Agency



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2        (1) inspect and identify potential and current
3    contamination threats to the water quality of aquifers in
4    the same watershed as the landfill (for the Pekin Metro
5    Landfill, the Mahomet Aquifer);
6        (2) use geographic information systems and remote
7    sensing technology to track defects, structures,
8    appliances, and wells for routine inspection and
9    sustainable management;
10        (3) install or repair groundwater monitoring
11    mechanisms necessary to identify whether contaminants from
12    the landfill are affecting water quality in the Mahomet
13    Aquifer; and
14        (4) identify and provide cost estimates for any
15    additional response actions necessary or appropriate to
16    reduce or minimize potential threats to human health and
17    the environment resulting from current landfill
18    conditions.
19    (b) Following the completion of the pilot project response
20actions, the Agency shall:
21        (1) evaluate, in consultation with the Prairie
22    Research Institute, the use of aerial photography and other
23    remote sensing technologies, such as Light Detection and
24    Ranging (LiDAR), to identify land erosion, landslides,
25    barren areas, leachate seeps, vegetation, and other
26    relevant surface and subsurface features of landfills to



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1    aid in the inspection and investigation of landfills; and
2        (2) identify additional procedures, requirements, or
3    authorities that may be appropriate or necessary to address
4    threats to human health and the environment from other
5    unregulated or underregulated landfills throughout the
6    State.