Drained state funds lead to landfill closure
problems in Pekin
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[NOV. 18, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- Preventing
pollution from improperly closed landfills and restoring
environmental funding that was raided by the governor for the state
budget is the aim of legislation sponsored by state
Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington.
House Bill 911 requires the Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency to monitor the status of performance
bonds or other security that landfill owners must have to operate a
solid waste disposal site.
"House Bill 911 is the result of a situation at a Pekin landfill,
which has some pollution problems because the owner did not properly
close it. The owners' security bond is bad because the financial
company has been de-listed from the U.S. Department of Treasury,"
Brady said. "Unfortunately the IEPA cannot fix the problem because
the governor raided the state's Post-Closure Landfill Fund -- as
well as several other environmental funds -- to try and balance the
The legislation states that if a
bond or other security is determined to be insufficient to ensure
the closure and post-closure care of a landfill, the Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency must notify that operator of the
site and require the operator to obtain additional security.
House Bill 911 also protects the
solvency of the state's Landfill Closure and Post-Closure Fund.
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Brady says that if a landfill owner
does not have a sufficient bond to properly close the site, the
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is to use any unencumbered
moneys in the Landfill Closure and Post-Closure Fund for bringing
the landfill into compliance.
"There was no money to help pay for
the proper closing of the Pekin landfill because that fund was
raided by the governor to prop up the state budget. Under House Bill
911, if the fund has no unencumbered moneys, the IEPA must ask the
General Assembly for the amount needed to bring the landfill into
compliance," Brady said.
Approved by the Senate Executive
Committee Nov. 16, House Bill 911 now moves to the full Senate for
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