(430 ILCS 55/2)
(from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 1002)
The General Assembly finds that the emergency response
in all communities that respond to emergency incidents,
particularly transportation related, may result in the community incurring
expenses that cannot be readily absorbed without financial assistance. While responsible parties
frequently reimburse responders for expended supplies and other costs
incurred in response actions, it may require long
periods of time to determine liability and costly litigation to recover
costs incurred. During these time delays, communities may not be financially capable of replacing
supplies, leaving the community unprotected in case of other incidents.
Therefore; it is the intent of the General Assembly to establish the
Hazardous Material Emergency Reimbursement Fund to alleviate the financial
hardships imposed upon any community that responds to
involving hazardous materials.
(Source: P.A. 90-467, eff. 8-17-97.)