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415 ILCS 5/12
(415 ILCS 5/12)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 1012)
No person shall:
(a) Cause or threaten or allow the discharge of any contaminants
into the environment in any State so as to cause or tend to cause water
pollution in Illinois, either alone or in combination with matter from
other sources, or so as to violate regulations or standards adopted by
the Pollution Control Board under this Act.
(b) Construct, install, or operate any equipment, facility, vessel,
or aircraft capable of causing or contributing to water pollution, or
designed to prevent water pollution, of any type designated by Board
regulations, without a permit granted by the Agency, or in violation of
any conditions imposed by such permit.
(c) Increase the quantity or strength of any discharge of
contaminants into the waters, or construct or install any sewer or
sewage treatment facility or any new outlet for contaminants into the
waters of this State, without a permit granted by the Agency.
(d) Deposit any contaminants upon the land in such place and manner
so as to create a water pollution hazard.
(e) Sell, offer, or use any article in any area in which the Board
has by regulation forbidden its sale, offer, or use for reasons of water
(f) Cause, threaten or allow the discharge of any contaminant into
the waters of the State, as defined herein, including but not limited
to, waters to any sewage works, or into any well or from any point
source within the State, without an NPDES permit for point source
discharges issued by the Agency under Section 39(b) of this Act, or in
violation of any term or condition imposed by such permit, or in
violation of any NPDES permit filing requirement established under
Section 39(b), or in violation of any regulations adopted by the Board
or of any order adopted by the Board with respect to the NPDES program.
No permit shall be required under this subsection and under Section
39(b) of this Act for any discharge for which a permit is not required
under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as now or hereafter
amended, and regulations pursuant thereto.
For all purposes of this Act, a permit issued by the Administrator of the
United States Environmental Protection Agency under Section 402 of the Federal
Water Pollution Control Act, as now or hereafter amended, shall be deemed
to be a permit issued by the Agency pursuant to Section 39(b) of this Act.
However, this shall not apply to the exclusion from the requirement of an
operating permit provided under Section 13(b)(i).
Compliance with the terms and conditions of any permit issued under Section
39(b) of this Act shall be deemed compliance with this subsection except
that it shall not be deemed compliance with any standard or effluent limitation
imposed for a toxic pollutant injurious to human health.
In any case where a permit has been timely applied for pursuant to Section
39(b) of this Act but final administrative disposition of such application
has not been made, it shall not be a violation of this subsection to discharge
without such permit unless the complainant proves that final administrative
disposition has not been made because of the failure of the applicant to
furnish information reasonably required or requested in order to process
(g) Cause, threaten or allow the underground injection of contaminants
without a UIC permit issued by the Agency under Section 39(d) of this Act,
or in violation of any term or condition imposed by such permit, or in violation
of any regulations or standards adopted by the Board or of any order adopted
by the Board with respect to the UIC program.
No permit shall be required under this subsection and under Section 39(d)
of this Act for any underground injection of contaminants for which a permit
is not required under Part C of the Safe Drinking Water Act (P.L. 93-523),
as amended, unless a permit is authorized or required under regulations
adopted by the Board pursuant to Section 13 of this Act.
(h) Introduce contaminants into a sewage works from any nondomestic
source except in compliance with the regulations and standards adopted by
the Board under this Act.
(i) Beginning January 1, 2013 or 6 months after the date of issuance of a general NPDES permit for surface discharging private sewage disposal systems by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency or by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, whichever is later, construct or install a surface discharging private sewage disposal system that discharges into the waters of the United States, as that term is used in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, unless he or she has a coverage letter under a NPDES permit issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency or by the United States Environmental Protection Agency or he or she is constructing or installing the surface discharging private sewage disposal system in a jurisdiction in which the local public health department has a general NPDES permit issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency or by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the surface discharging private sewage disposal system is covered under the general NPDES permit.
(Source: P.A. 96-801, eff. 1-1-10; 97-1081, eff. 8-24-12.)