Amends the Environmental Protection Act.
Sets forth various requirements for the use of ethylene oxide in Illinois, such as emission restrictions, trapping, and testing. It passed both Chambers. Both Chambers held multiple hearings and negotiated legislation to prevent against ethylene oxide leakages. The bills were in response to the Sterigencis facility issue.
Regulates coal ash and passed both Chambers. It is the product of much improvement, but work remains. Particularly how it will marry impending federal coal ash rules and liability issues for off-site pollution. Without these changes, the risks to job losses and actual environmental harm are real. Opponents have offered language to mitigate these issues, but the Sponsors have been unwilling to amend the bill. A trailer bill may be explored over the summer
Sets stricter penalties for intentionally damaging critical infrastructure facilities. It did not advance in the Senate. While the bill passed the House with bipartisan support by a vote of 77-28 and was amended significantly to appease environmental groups concerns, it was not considered by the Senate. Significant misinformation was being spread and opponents were arguing against points that no longer applied with the amendment.
Repeals the Kyoto Protocol Act. The bill will enable state agencies to regulate greenhouse gases. We believe that any attempt to regulate greenhouse gases should be a national approach.