(420 ILCS 20/15)
(from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 241-15)
(a) Any person may apply to the Agency pursuant to this Section for
compensation of a loss caused by the release, in Illinois, of radioactivity
from the regional disposal facility. The Agency
shall prescribe appropriate
forms and procedures for claims filed pursuant to this Section, which shall
include, as a minimum, the following:
(1) Provisions requiring the claimant to make a sworn
verification of the claim to the best of his or her knowledge.
(2) A full description, supported by appropriate
evidence from government agencies, of the release of the radioactivity claimed to be the cause of the physical injury, illness, loss of income or property damage.
(3) If making a claim based upon physical injury or
illness, certification of the medical history of the claimant for the 5 years preceding the date of the claim, along with certification of the alleged physical injury or illness, and expenses for the physical injury or illness, made by hospitals, physicians or other qualified medical authorities.
(4) If making a claim for lost income, information on
the claimant's income as reported on his or her federal income tax return or other document for the preceding 3 years in order to compute lost wages or income.
(b) The Agency shall hold at least one hearing, if requested by the
claimant, within 60 days of submission of a claim to the Agency. The
Director shall render a decision on a claim within 30 days of the hearing
unless all of the parties to the claim agree in writing to an extension of
time. All decisions rendered by the Director shall be in writing, with
notification to all appropriate parties. The decision shall be considered
a final administrative decision for the purposes of judicial review.
(c) The following losses shall be compensable under this Section,
provided that the Agency has found that the claimant has established,
by the weight of the evidence, that the losses were proximately caused by
the designated release and are not otherwise compensable under law:
(1) One hundred percent of uninsured, out-of-pocket
medical expenses, for up to 3 years from the onset of treatment;
(2) Eighty percent of any uninsured, actual lost
wages, or business income in lieu of wages, caused by injury to the claimant or the claimant's property, not to exceed $15,000 per year for 3 years;
(3) Eighty percent of any losses or damages to real
or personal property; and
(4) One hundred percent of costs of any remedial
actions on such property necessary to protect human health and the environment.
(d) No claim may be presented to the Agency under this Section
later than 5 years from the date of discovery of the damage or loss.
(e) Compensation for any damage or loss under this Section shall
preclude indemnification or reimbursement from any other source for the
identical damage or loss, and indemnification or reimbursement from any
other source shall preclude compensation under this Section.
(f) The Agency shall adopt, and revise when appropriate, rules and
regulations necessary to implement the provisions of this Section,
including methods that provide for establishing that a claimant has
exercised reasonable diligence in satisfying the conditions of the
application requirements, for specifying the proof necessary to establish a
damage or loss compensable under this Section and for establishing
the administrative procedures to be followed in reviewing claims.
(g) Claims approved by the Director shall be paid from the Low-Level
Radioactive Waste Facility Closure, Post-Closure Care and Compensation
Fund, except that claims shall not be paid in excess of the amount
available in the Fund. In the case of insufficient amounts in the Fund to
satisfy claims against the Fund, the General Assembly may appropriate
monies to the Fund in amounts it deems necessary to pay the claims.
(Source: P.A. 95-777, eff. 8-4-08; 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)