State government will have more control of over where and how coal ash disposal sites are located, thanks to legislation co-sponsored by State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) and signed into law this week.
“The goal of this new law is simple, to empower state government to protect people from pollution,” said Sen. Curran. “This is another step toward creating a healthier and safer environment for the families of Illinois.”
Senate Bill 9 creates new controls for where coal ash sites can be located and how they are run, to prevent issues and pollution from these sites. The new law requires permits for both the operation and closure of CCR Surface Impoundments, otherwise known as coal ash disposal sites. It also creates fees for the operation and closure of the sites. The fees range from $15,000 to $75,000, depending on the closure status of the site.
“I was thrilled to work on this legislation with Senator Scott Bennett and the Environmental Council,” said Curran. “I would like to thank them for allowing me to help craft this important law.”
The legislation was signed into law by the Governor on July 30th.