Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Environmental Protection Act. Prohibits, on and after January 1, 2011, the installation of drycleaning machines that use perchloroethylene (PERC). Prohibits, on and after January 1, 2013, the use of PERC in certain drycleaning applications. Bans, beginning on January 1, 2026, the use of PERC in drycleaning. Defines "drycleaning" and "drycleaning machine". Amends the Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund Act. Imposes, and requires the Department of Revenue to collect, 2 additional taxes on PERC. Requires moneys received from these taxes to be deposited into a grant account in the Drycleaner Environmental Trust Fund. Provides that moneys in the grant account may be used, subject to certain limitations, to (i) establish a demonstration program to showcase green solvent drycleaning technologies and (ii) provide grants to encourage a transition to use of those technologies. Authorizes the Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund Council to adopt rules for administering the grant program. Repeals one PERC tax on January 1, 2020 and makes changes to prevent the repeal of another PERC tax on that date. Defines "drycleaning machine" and "green solvent". Effective immediately.
HB 6115 would only have a minimal fiscal impact on the Illinois EPA as the Agency would implement the bill with its existing resources. Moreover, the 15 year phase-out set forth in the bill reflects the estimated life of a perc drycleaning machine, so that phasing out the perc machines over this period of time will allow for minimal impact to affected drycleaners. The grant program created by this bill would be administered by the Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund Council.