Senate passes legislation to help prevent coal ash pollution
The Illinois Senate approved legislation to create increased regulatory oversight on coal ash disposal sites to help prevent environmental issues from the operation and closures of the sites. The bill was co-sponsored by State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove).
“This legislation will allow the state to have a say over where and how coal ash disposal sites are operated, as well as when owners look to close them and leave behind waste,” said Sen. Curran. “It’s about protecting the environment from potential pollution from these sites.”
Senate Bill 9 would require permits for both the operation and closure of CCR Surface Impoundments, otherwise known as coal ash disposal sites. It would also create fees for the operation and closure of the sites. The fees would range from $15,000 to $75,000, depending on the closure status of the site.
The legislation passed the Senate on May 9 and is now awaiting a vote in the Illinois House.