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92_HB0885 LRB9205012LBgc 1 AN ACT concerning environmental protection. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Environmental Protection Act is amended 5 by adding Section 28.6 as follows: 6 (415 ILCS 5/28.6 new) 7 Sec. 28.6. Legislative findings and declarations. 8 (1) The General Assembly finds and declares that 9 air pollution from fossil fuel-fired electric generating 10 plants creates a significant risk to human health and the 11 environment, that older plants have significantly higher 12 emissions because they are not required to comply with 13 the requirements of the Clean Air Act imposed on new 14 plants, and that these risks can be significantly reduced 15 by requiring the plants to reduce their emissions to the 16 more stringent levels required of new electric generating 17 plants. New fossil fuel-fired electric generating plants 18 can generate electricity at emission levels under 3 19 pounds of sulfur dioxide per megawatt hour, 1.5 pounds of 20 nitrogen oxides per megawatt hour, and with substantially 21 reduced mercury emissions. 22 (2) The Board shall, on it own motion, in order to 23 protect and preserve the environment while safeguarding 24 health, propose rules to ensure that each fossil 25 fuel-fired electric generating unit minimizes pollution 26 to levels that are technologically feasible through 27 modernization and application of pollution controls. 28 (3) By December 31, 2002, consistent with the best 29 available control technology, the Board shall promulgate 30 a final rule that establishes a schedule of limits on the 31 quantity of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury -2- LRB9205012LBgc 1 that each fossil fuel-fired electric generating facility 2 shall be permitted to emit per megawatt hour in each year 3 beginning in the calendar year 2007. 4 (4) By December 31, 2002, consistent with the best 5 available control technology, the Board shall promulgate 6 a final rule that establishes a cap on aggregate 7 emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury, 8 and carbon dioxide that all fossil fuel-fired electric 9 generating facilities in the State shall be permitted to 10 emit each calendar year. 11 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 12 becoming law.
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