Curran introduces legislation aimed at protecting residents; improving communications
State Sen. John Curran filed legislation in the Illinois Senate today that seeks to provide greater protections, and require greater communications, to residents in the event of a hazardous air emission leak.
Curran’s action is in response to the recently released toxicity report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) regarding Sterigenics International, Inc., which is located in Willowbrook.
“The legislation I have filed would create new notification protocols to better alert residents of any air emission leak, as well as ensure residents have their voices heard regarding public health in their communities,” said Curran (R-Downers Grove).
Specifically, Senate Bill 3630 legislation would:
- Reopen Sterigenics’ current air permit for an additional public comment period and hearing process at Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
- Require that if a facility, at any time, is emitting ethylene oxide at a level higher than the standards set forth by specified provisions of the federal Clean Air Act or by the IEPA under specified provisions of the Environmental Protection Act, then the facility shall immediately cease operations until sufficient changes are made to reduce the level of such emission.
- Provide new notification protocols that will alert surrounding property owners of an air emission leak.
- Allow the IEPA to consider the results of the 90-day public hearing process when evaluating a facility’s future renewal phase if the facility stays open (in 2020).
Throughout this process, Curran has also been conferring with the Attorney General, the IEPA and the United States Environmental Protection Agency and will continue working with them to make sure they have all regulatory and enforcement tools necessary to protect the public health and safety.