(415 ILCS 140/15)
Restrictions on State rules related to greenhouse gas emissions.
(a) Effective immediately, the Environmental Protection Agency and the
Pollution Control Board shall not propose or adopt any new rule
for the intended purpose of addressing the adverse effects of climate change
which in whole or in
part reduces emissions of greenhouse gases, as those gases are defined by the
Kyoto Protocol, from the residential, commercial, industrial, electric utility,
or transportation sectors.
In the absence of an Act of the General Assembly approving such rules, the
Director of the Environmental Protection Agency shall not submit to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency or to any other agency of the federal
government any legally enforceable commitments related to the reduction of
greenhouse gases, as those gases are defined by the Kyoto Protocol.
(b) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to (i) limit or impede the
authority of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois
Pollution Control Board to propose, adopt, or enforce rules and laws which
implement the federal Clean Air Act or are intended to attain or maintain
national ambient air quality standards; or (ii) limit or impede State or
private participation in any on-going voluntary initiatives to reduce emissions
of greenhouse gases, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency's Green Lights
program, the U.S. Department of Energy's Climate Challenge program, and similar
State and federal initiatives relying on voluntary participation, provided,
however, that said rule-making or participation does not involve any allocation
or other distribution of greenhouse gas emission entitlements pursuant to or
under color of the Kyoto Protocol.
(Source: P.A. 90-797, eff. 12-15-98.)