(415 ILCS 5/39.10)
(a) Except as otherwise prohibited by federal law or regulation, the Agency may issue general permits for the construction, installation, or operation of categories of facilities for which permits are required under this Act or Board regulation, provided that such general permits are consistent with federal and State laws and regulations. Such general permits shall include, but shall not be limited to, provisions requiring the following as prerequisites to obtaining coverage under a general permit: (i) the submittal of a notice of intent to be covered by the general permit and (ii) the payment of applicable permitting fees. The Agency may include conditions in such general permits as may be necessary to accomplish the intent of this Act and rules adopted under this Act.
(b) Within 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, the Agency shall, in consultation with the regulated community, identify types of permits for which general permits would be appropriate and consistent with State and federal law and regulations. The types of permits may include, but shall not be limited to, permits for nonhazardous solid waste activities, discharge of storm water from landfills, and discharge of hydrostatic test waters. Within 18 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, the Agency shall, in consultation with the regulated community, develop general permits for the types of permits identified pursuant to this subsection (b).
(c) Persons obtaining coverage under a general permit shall be subject to the same permitting fees that apply to persons obtaining individual permits.
(d) No person obtaining coverage under a general permit shall violate this Act, rules adopted under this Act, or the terms or conditions of the general permit.
(e) This Section does not apply to sources subject to Section 39.5 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-95, eff. 7-12-11.)