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Public Act 094-0849


 

Public Act 0849 94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 094-0849
 
HB1620 Enrolled LRB094 02868 RSP 32869 b

    AN ACT concerning safety.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Environmental Protection Act is amended by
adding Section 13.6 as follows:
 
    (415 ILCS 5/13.6 new)
    Sec. 13.6. Release of radionuclides at nuclear power
plants.
    (a) The purpose of this Section is to require the detection
and reporting of unpermitted releases of any radionuclides into
groundwater, surface water, or soil at nuclear power plants, to
the extent that federal law or regulation does not preempt such
requirements.
    (b) No owner or operator of a nuclear power plant shall
violate any rule adopted under this Section.
    (c) Within 24 hours after an unpermitted release of a
radionuclide from a nuclear power plant, the owner or operator
of the nuclear power plant where the release occurred shall
report the release to the Agency and the Illinois Emergency
Management Agency. For purposes of this Section, "unpermitted
release of a radionuclide" means any spilling, leaking,
emitting, discharging, escaping, leaching, or disposing of a
radionuclide into groundwater, surface water, or soil that is
not permitted under State or federal law or regulation.
    (d) The Agency and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency
shall inspect each nuclear power plant for compliance with the
requirements of this Section and rules adopted pursuant to this
Section no less than once each calendar quarter. Nothing in
this Section shall limit the Agency's authority to make
inspections under Section 4 or any other provision of this Act.
    (e) No later than one year after the effective date of this
amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, the Agency, in
consultation with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency,
shall propose rules to the Board prescribing standards for
detecting and reporting unpermitted releases of radionuclides.
No later than one year after receipt of the Agency's proposal,
the Board shall adopt rules prescribing standards for detecting
and reporting unpermitted releases of radionuclides. Rules
adopted under this subsection may also include standards for
self-inspection by the owner or operator of the nuclear power
plant in lieu of the inspections required under subsection (d)
of this Section.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 6/12/2006