The grants will enable the governmental entities to conduct
inspections of landfills, compost sites and transfer stations and
will be for investigation and enforcement activities at solid waste
disposal sites permitted by the Illinois EPA and at illegal dumps.
The counties and Chicago have also been delegated the authority to
inspect facilities on behalf of the Illinois EPA.
"County officials are closer to these facilities, so they can
respond more quickly to any problems that may arise. The solid waste
grants provide part of the necessary resources to ensure compliance
of disposal facilities, cleanup of open dumps and documentation of
enforcement-related actions," according to Illinois EPA Director
Since 1987, the Illinois EPA has provided state grant funding to
local governments. Local solid waste enforcement grants this year
will include funding for three programs that have previously
participated at their own expense: Ambraw Valley Solid Waste Agency,
Perry County and Vermilion County.
The grant recipients and amounts
each received are as follows:
- Ambraw Valley Solid Waste Agency*, $45,000
- Christian County, $76,751
- Cook (Chicago), $142,303
- DuPage County, $49,802
- Jackson County, $78,129
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- Kankakee County, $46,490
- Lake County, $91,507
- LaSalle County, $89,096
- Macon County, $46,271
- Madison County, $122,991
- McHenry County, $41,620
- Montgomery County, $39,774
- Ogle County, $56,312
- Perry County*, $36,170
- Sangamon County, $153,904
- St. Clair County, $169,665
- Tazewell County, $64,017
- Vermilion County*, $45,000
- Wayne County, $28,510
- Will County, $146,241
*New grant funding for fiscal 2006.
With these grants, local governments must enter into delegation
agreements with the Illinois EPA and hire and train landfill
inspectors under the state's certification requirements.
In addition to state funding, the counties also receive training
from the Illinois EPA's regional managers to assist them as they
carry out their duties. This joint effort between the state and
local government is one of the few such partnerships in the country.
Environmental Protection Agency news release]