(225 ILCS 715/6.5)
Blasting operations; regulation.
(a) Blasting operations at permitted and unpermitted sites operated by the
industry shall be conducted only in accordance with existing State and
federal law and rules promulgated by the Department with the advice of the
aggregate mining industry. These rules shall include provisions to require all
of the following:
(1) The maintenance of blasting records for a period
of at least 3 years and that the records be made available for Department inspection and copying. However, these on-site blasting records, as they relate to detonation, are deemed to be proprietary information.
(2) The control of blasting operations so as to
prevent injury to persons and damage to public and private property outside the blasting site.
(3) That all blasting operations be conducted or
supervised by trained and competent persons as licensed by the Department.
(4) That blasting operations be subject to air blast
or ground vibration monitoring, or both, as necessary to limit property damage and protect public safety.
(5) The issuance of notices of violation in the event
of a violation of the Department's blasting rules.
(6) The issuance of orders requiring the cessation of
blasting operations in the event of a violation of the Department's blasting rules that may cause injury to persons or damage to public and private property outside the blasting site.
(7) The assessment of civil penalties, and the
initiation of formal administrative hearings to resolve violations of the Department's blasting rules.
(b) The Department shall promulgate rules requiring the training,
examination, and licensing of persons engaging in or responsible for the
blasting operation or use of explosives in aggregate mining operations. The
rules shall include an administrative enforcement process designed to correct
infractions of the terms of the blasting licenses issued by the Department.
These rules may also include a fee schedule designed to defray the costs
associated with the Department's examination and licensing of persons engaging
in or responsible for the blasting operation or use of explosives in aggregate
(c) The rules implementing the requirements of this Section shall become
effective one year after the rules are adopted by the Department.
(d) The regulation of blasting operations at aggregate
mining operations is an exclusive power and function of the State. A home rule
unit may not regulate blasting operations at aggregate mining operations. This
Section is a denial and limitation of home rule powers and functions under
subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 89-26, eff. 6-23-95.)