(415 ILCS 85/5)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 7955)
Toxic Pollution Prevention Assistance Program.
hereby established a Toxic Pollution Prevention Assistance Program at the
Waste Management and Research
Center. The Center may establish
cooperative programs with public and private colleges and universities
designed to augment the implementation of this Section. The Center may
establish fees, tuition, or other financial charges for participation in
the Assistance Program. These monies shall be deposited in the Toxic
Pollution Prevention Fund established in Section 7 of this Act. Through the
Assistance Program, the Center:
(1) Shall provide general information about and actively publicize the
advantages of and developments in toxic pollution prevention.
(2) May establish courses, seminars, conferences and other events, and
reports, updates, guides and other publications and other means of
providing technical information for industries, local governments and
citizens concerning toxic pollution prevention strategies, and may, as
appropriate, work in cooperation with the Agency.
(3) Shall engage in research on toxic pollution prevention
methods. Such research shall include assessments of the impact
of adopting toxic pollution prevention methods on the environment, the
public health, and worker exposure, and assessments of the impact on
profitability and employment within affected industries.
(4) Shall provide on-site technical
consulting, to the extent practicable, to help facilities to
identify opportunities for toxic pollution prevention, and to develop
toxic pollution prevention plans. To be eligible for such
consulting, the owner or operator of a facility must agree to allow
information regarding the results of such consulting to be shared with the
public, provided that the identity of the facility shall be made available only
with its consent, and trade secret information shall remain protected.
(5) May sponsor pilot projects in cooperation with the
Agency, or an institute of higher education to develop
and demonstrate innovative technologies and methods for toxic pollution
prevention. The results of all such projects shall be available for use by
the public, but trade secret information shall remain protected.
(6) May award grants for activities that further the purposes of this
Act, including but not limited to the following:
(A) grants to not-for-profit organizations to
establish free or low-cost technical assistance or educational programs to supplement the toxic pollution prevention activities of the Center;
(B) grants to assist trade associations, business
organizations, labor organizations and educational institutions in developing training materials to foster toxic pollution prevention; and
(C) grants to assist industry, business
organizations, labor organizations, education institutions and industrial hygienists to identify, evaluate and implement toxic pollution prevention measures and alternatives through audits, plans and programs.
The Center may establish criteria and terms for such
grants, including a requirement that a grantee provide matching funds. Grant money awarded under this Section may not be spent for capital improvements or equipment.
In determining whether to award a grant, the Center
shall consider at least the following:
(i) the potential of the project to prevent
(ii) the likelihood that the project will develop
techniques or processes that will minimize the transfer of pollution from one environmental medium to another;
(iii) the extent to which information to be
developed through the project will be applicable to other persons in the State; and
(iv) the willingness of the grant applicant to
assist the Center in disseminating information about the pollution prevention methods to be developed through the project.
(7) Shall establish and operate a State information clearinghouse
assembles, catalogues and disseminates information about toxic pollution
prevention and available consultant services. Such clearinghouse shall
include a computer database containing information on managerial, technical
and operational approaches to achieving toxic pollution prevention. The
computer database must be maintained on a system designed to enable
businesses, governmental agencies and the general public readily to obtain
information specific to production technologies, materials, operations and
products. A business shall not be required to submit to the clearinghouse
any information that is a trade secret.
(8) May contract with an established institution of higher education
to assist the Center in carrying out the provisions of this Section. The
assistance provided by such an institution may include, but need not be
(A) engineering field internships to assist
industries in identifying toxic pollution prevention opportunities;
(B) development of a toxic pollution prevention
curriculum for students and faculty; and
(C) applied toxic pollution prevention and recycling
(9) Shall emphasize assistance to businesses that have inadequate
technical and financial resources to obtain information and to assess and
implement toxic pollution prevention methods.
(10) Shall publish a biannual report on its toxic pollution
prevention activities, achievements, identified problems and future goals.
(Source: P.A. 95-728, eff. 7-1-08 - See Sec. 999