101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
Introduced , by Rep. Will Guzzardi
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
20 ILCS 2310/2310-465 new
Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Directs the Department of Public
Health to review, consider, and establish maximum contaminant levels in
public water systems. Requires the Department to adopt a maximum
contaminant level that is protective of public health and does not exceed
any maximum contaminant level or health advisory promulgated by the United
State Environmental Protection Agency. Requires the Director of Public
Health to annually review the latest peer-reviewed science and independent
or government agency studies and undertake additional rulemaking when
necessary. Defines "maximum contaminant level". Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning health.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Public Health Powers and
Duties Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Section 2310-465 as follows:
(20 ILCS 2310/2310-465 new)
Drinking water maximum contaminant levels.
(a) The General Assembly finds that it is the goal of the
State to protect residents from harmful toxins in drinking
(b) In this Section:
"Department" means the Department of Public Health.
"Director" means the Director of Public Health.
"Maximum contaminant level" or "MCL" means the legal
threshold limit on the amount of a substance that is allowed in
public water systems.
(c) The Department shall perform the following:
(1) Within 100 days after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly, commence
proceedings to establish State-level maximum contaminant
levels for likely or known carcinogens and toxic chemicals
likely to pose a substantial health hazard.
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(2) Establish statewide maximum contaminant levels for
PFOS, PFOA, and other PFAS compounds in public drinking
(3) Establish statewide maximum contaminant levels for
chromium-6 in public drinking water systems.
(4) Establish statewide maximum contaminant levels for
1,4 dioxane in public drinking water systems.
(5) Create a directive to consider limits on other
pollutants in public drinking water systems when 2 or more
other states have set limits or issued guidance on a given
pollutant or pollutants.
(6) Review MCLs adopted by other states, the studies
and scientific evidence reviewed by those states, material
in the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry, and the latest peer reviewed science and
independent or government agency studies. The Department
shall adopt an MCL that is protective of public health,
including vulnerable subpopulations such as pregnant and
nursing mothers, infants, and children, and that in no case
exceeds any MCL or health advisory promulgated by the
United States Environmental Protection Agency. The
Director shall annually review the latest peer-reviewed
science and independent or government agency studies and
undertake additional rulemaking if needed to comply with
This Act takes effect upon