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(430 ILCS 55/3)
(from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 1003)
As used in this Act:
(a) "Emergency action" means any action taken at or near the scene of a
hazardous materials emergency incident to prevent or minimize harm to human
health, to property, or to the environments from the unintentional release
of a hazardous material.
(b) "Emergency response agency" means a unit of local
government, volunteer fire protection organization, or the American Red Cross that provides:
(1) firefighting services;
(2) emergency rescue services;
(3) emergency medical services;
(4) hazardous materials response teams;
(5) civil defense;
(6) technical rescue teams; or
(7) mass care or assistance to displaced persons.
(c) "Responsible party" means a person who:
(1) owns or has custody of hazardous material that is
involved in an incident requiring emergency action by an emergency response agency; or
(2) owns or has custody of bulk or non-bulk packaging
or a transport vehicle that contains hazardous material that is involved in an incident requiring emergency action by an emergency response agency; and
(3) who causes or substantially contributed to the
(d) "Person" means an individual, a corporation, a partnership, an
unincorporated association, or any unit of federal, State or local government.
(e) "Annual budget" means the cost to operate an emergency response
agency excluding personnel costs, which include salary, benefits and
training expenses; and costs to acquire capital equipment including
buildings, vehicles and other such major capital cost items.
(f) "Hazardous material" means a substance or material in a quantity and
form determined by the United States Department of Transportation to be
capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health and safety or property
when transported in commerce.
(g) "Fund" means the Fire Prevention Fund.
(Source: P.A. 98-692, eff. 7-1-14.)