(415 ILCS 60/19)
(from Ch. 5, par. 819)
Interagency Committee on Pesticides.
The Director is authorized
to create an interagency committee on pesticides. Its purpose is to study
and advise on the use of pesticides on State property. Also, its purpose
is to advise any State agency in connection with quarantine programs or
the protection of the public health and welfare, and to recommend needed
legislation concerning pesticides.
1. An interagency committee on pesticides shall consist of: (1) the
Director of the Department of Agriculture, (2) the Director of Natural
Resources, (3) the Director of the Environmental
Protection Agency, (4) the Director of the Department of Public Health, (5)
the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, (6) the President of the University of Illinois or his or her designee representing the
State Natural History Survey and (7) the Dean of the College of
Agriculture, University of Illinois. Each member of the committee may
designate some person in his department to serve on the committee in
his stead. Other State agencies may, at the discretion of the Director,
be asked to serve on the interagency committee on pesticides. The Director
of the Department of Agriculture shall be chairman of this committee.
2. The interagency committee shall: (1) Review the current status of
the sales and use of pesticides within the State of Illinois. (2) Review
pesticide programs to be sponsored or directed by a governmental agency.
(3) Consider the problems arising from pesticide use with particular emphasis
on the possible adverse effects on human health, livestock, crops, fish,
and wildlife, business, industry, agriculture, or the general public. (4)
Recommend legislation to the Governor, if appropriate, which will prohibit
the irresponsible use of pesticides. (5) Review rules and regulations
pertaining to the regulation or prohibition of the sale, use or application
of pesticides and labeling of pesticides for approval prior to promulgation
and adoption. (6) Contact various experts and lay groups, such as the
Illinois Pesticide Control Committee, to obtain their views and
cooperation. (7) Advise on and approve of all programs involving the use of
pesticides on State owned property, state controlled property, or
administered by State agencies. (8) Examine, with the assistance of the Department of Agriculture, the possibility of using continuing education courses to satisfy pesticide applicator competency requirements required for existing licensees. This shall not be construed to include
research programs, or the generally accepted and approved practices
essential to good farm and institutional management on the premises of the
various State facilities.
3. Members of this committee shall receive no compensation for their
services as members of this committee other than that provided by law for
their respective positions with the State of Illinois. All necessary
expenses for travel of the committee members shall be paid out of regular
appropriations of their respective agencies.
4. The committee shall meet at least once each quarter of the calendar
year, and may hold additional meetings upon the call of the chairman. Four
members shall constitute a quorum.
5. The committee shall make a detailed report of its findings and
recommendations to the Governor of Illinois prior to each General
6. The Interagency Committee on Pesticides shall, at a minimum,
annually, during the spring, conduct a statewide public education campaign
and agriculture chemical safety campaign to inform the public about
pesticide products, uses and safe disposal techniques. A toll-free hot
line number shall be made available for the public to report misuse cases.
The Committee shall include in its educational program information and
advice about the effects of various pesticides and application techniques
upon the groundwater and drinking water of the State.
7. The Interagency Committee on Pesticides shall conduct a special
study of the effects of chemigation and other agricultural applications of
pesticides upon the groundwater of this State. The results of such study
shall be reported to the General Assembly by March 1, 1989. The members of
the Committee may utilize the technical and clerical resources of their
respective departments and agencies as necessary or useful in the conduct
of the study.
8. In consultation with the Interagency Committee, the Department
shall develop, and the Interagency Committee shall approve,
procedures, methods, and guidelines for addressing agrichemical
pesticide contamination at agrichemical facilities in Illinois. In
developing those procedures, methods, and guidelines, the following shall
be considered and addressed: (1) an evaluation and assessment of site
conditions and operational practices at agrichemical facilities where
agricultural pesticides are handled; (2) what constitutes pesticide
contamination; (3) cost effective procedures for site assessments and
technologies for remedial action; and (4) achievement of adequate
protection of public health and the environment from such actual or
potential hazards. In consultation with the Interagency Committee, the Department
shall develop, and the Interagency Committee shall approve, guidelines and
recommendations regarding long term financial resources which may be
necessary to remediate pesticide contamination at agrichemical facilities
in Illinois. The Department, in consultation with the Interagency
Committee, shall present a report on those guidelines and
recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before
January 1, 1993. The Department and the Interagency Committee shall
consult with the Illinois Pesticide Control
Committee and other appropriate parties during this development process.
9. As part of the consideration of cost effective technologies pursuant
to subsection 8 of this Section, the Department may, upon request, provide
a written authorization to the owner or operator of an agrichemical
facility for land application of agrichemical contaminated
soils at agronomic rates.
As used in this Section, "agrichemical" means pesticides or commercial
fertilizers, at an agrichemical facility, in transit from an agrichemical
facility to the field of application, or at the field of application.
The written authorization may also provide for use
of groundwater contaminated by the release of an agrichemical,
that the groundwater is not also contaminated due to the release of a
petroleum product or hazardous substance other than an agrichemical. The uses
of agrichemical contaminated groundwater authorized by the
Department shall be
limited to supervised application or irrigation onto farmland and blending
as make-up water in the preparation of agrichemical spray solutions that
are to be applied to farmland. In either case, the use of the agrichemical
contaminated water shall not cause (i) the total annual application amounts
of a pesticide to exceed the respective pesticide label application
rate on any authorized sites
or (ii) the total annual application amounts of a fertilizer to exceed the
generally accepted annual application rate on any authorized sites. All
authorizations shall prescribe
appropriate operational control practices to protect the site of application
and shall identify each site or sites where land
application or irrigation take place. Where agrichemical
groundwater is used on farmland, the prescribed practices shall be designed
to prevent off-site runoff or conveyance through underground tile
systems. The Department shall
periodically advise the Interagency Committee regarding the issuance of
such authorizations and the status of compliance at the application sites.
(Source: P.A. 103-441, eff. 1-1-24