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(415 ILCS 135/40)
Remedial action account.
(a) The remedial action account is established to provide reimbursement to
drycleaning solvent investigation, remedial action planning, and
remedial action activities for existing drycleaning solvent contamination
discovered at their drycleaning facilities.
(b) The following persons are eligible for reimbursement from the remedial
(1) In the case of a claimant who is the owner or
operator of an active drycleaning facility licensed under this Act at the time of application for remedial action benefits afforded under the Fund, the claimant is only eligible for reimbursement of remedial action costs incurred in connection with a release from that drycleaning facility, subject to any other limitations under this Act.
(2) In the case of a claimant who is the owner of an
inactive drycleaning facility and was the owner or operator of the drycleaning facility when it was an active drycleaning facility, the claimant is only eligible for reimbursement of remedial action costs incurred in connection with a release from the drycleaning facility, subject to any other limitations under this Act.
(c) An eligible claimant requesting reimbursement from the remedial action
account shall meet all of the following:
(1) The claimant demonstrates that the source of the
release is from the claimant's drycleaning facility.
(2) At the time the release was discovered by the
claimant, the claimant and the drycleaning facility were in compliance with the Agency reporting and technical operating requirements.
(3) The claimant reported the release in a timely
manner in accordance with State law.
(4) The drycleaning facility site is enrolled in the
Site Remediation Program established under Title XVII of the Environmental Protection Act.
(5) If the claimant is the owner or operator of an
active drycleaning facility, the claimant must ensure that:
(A) All drycleaning solvent wastes generated at
the drycleaning facility are managed in accordance with applicable State waste management laws and rules.
(B) There is no discharge of wastewater from
drycleaning machines, or of drycleaning solvent from drycleaning operations, to a sanitary sewer or septic tank or to the surface or in groundwater.
(C) The drycleaning facility has a containment
dike or other containment structure around each machine, item of equipment, drycleaning area, and portable waste container in which any drycleaning solvent is utilized, which is capable of containing leaks, spills, or releases of drycleaning solvent from that machine, item, area, or container. The containment dike or other containment structure shall be capable of at least the following: (i) containing a capacity of 110% of the drycleaning solvent in the largest tank or vessel within the machine; (ii) containing 100% of the drycleaning solvent of each item of equipment or drycleaning area; and (iii) containing 100% of the drycleaning solvent of the largest portable waste container or at least 10% of the total volume of the portable waste containers stored within the containment dike or structure, whichever is greater.
Petroleum underground storage tank systems that
are in compliance with USEPA and State Fire Marshal rules, including, but not limited to, leak detection system rules, are exempt from this secondary containment requirement.
(D) Those portions of diked floor surfaces on
which a drycleaning solvent may leak, spill, or otherwise be released are sealed or otherwise impervious.
(E) All drycleaning solvent is delivered to
drycleaning facilities by means of closed, direct-coupled delivery systems.
(6) An active drycleaning facility has maintained
continuous financial assurance for environmental liability coverage in the amount of at least $500,000 at least since the date of award of benefits under this Section or July 1, 2000, whichever is earlier. An uninsured drycleaning facility that filed an application for insurance with the Fund by January 1, 2004, obtained insurance through that application, and maintained that insurance coverage continuously shall be considered to have conformed with the requirements of this subdivision (6). To conform with this requirement the applicant must pay the equivalent of the total premiums due for the period beginning June 30, 2000 through the date of application plus a 20% penalty of the total premiums due for that period.
(7) The release was discovered on or after July 1,
1997 and before July 1, 2006.
(d) A claimant must have submitted a completed application form
provided by the Council. The application shall contain documentation of
activities, plans, and expenditures associated with the eligible costs
incurred in response to a release of drycleaning solvent from a
drycleaning facility. Application for remedial action account benefits must have been
submitted to the Council on or before June 30, 2005.
(e) Claimants shall be subject to the following deductible requirements:
(1) If, by January 1, 2008, an eligible claimant
submitting a claim for an active drycleaning facility completed site investigation and submitted to the Council a complete remedial action plan for the site, then the eligible claimant is responsible for the first $5,000 of eligible investigation costs and for the first $10,000 of eligible remedial action costs incurred in connection with the release from the drycleaning facility and is only eligible for reimbursement for costs that exceed those amounts, subject to any other limitations of this Act. Any eligible claimant submitting any other claim for an active drycleaning facility is responsible for the first $5,000 of eligible investigation costs and for the first $15,000 of eligible remedial action costs incurred in connection with the release from the drycleaning facility, and is only eligible for reimbursement for costs that exceed those amounts, subject to any other limitations of this Act.
(2) If, by January 1, 2008, an eligible claimant
submitting a claim for an inactive drycleaning facility completed site investigation and submitted to the Council a complete remedial action plan for the site, then the claimant is responsible for the first $10,000 of eligible investigation costs and for the first $10,000 of eligible remedial action costs incurred in connection with the release from that drycleaning facility, and is only eligible for reimbursement for costs that exceed those amounts, subject to any other limitations of this Act. Any eligible claimant submitting any other claim for an inactive drycleaning facility is responsible for the first $15,000 of eligible investigation costs and for the first $15,000 of eligible remedial action costs incurred in connection with the release from the drycleaning facility, and is only eligible for reimbursement for costs that exceed those amounts, subject to any other limitations of this Act.
(f) Claimants are subject to the following limitations on reimbursement:
(1) Subsequent to meeting the deductible requirements
of subsection (e), reimbursement shall not exceed $300,000 per active drycleaning facility and $50,000 per inactive drycleaning facility.
(4) The Agency may require a claimant to obtain and
submit 3 bids and may require specific terms and conditions in a contract subject to approval.
(5) The Agency may enter into a contract or an
exclusive contract with the supplier of goods or services required by a claimant or class of claimants, in connection with an expense reimbursable from the Fund, for a specified good or service at a gross maximum price or fixed rate, and may limit reimbursement accordingly.
(6) Unless emergency conditions exist, a service
provider shall obtain the Agency's approval of all remediation work to be reimbursed from the Fund and a budget for the remediation work before commencing the work. No expense incurred that is above the budgeted amount shall be paid unless the Agency approves the expense. All invoices and bills relating to the remediation work shall be submitted with appropriate documentation, as deemed necessary by the Agency.
(7) Neither the Council, nor the Agency, nor an
eligible claimant is responsible for payment for costs incurred that have not been previously approved by the Council, or Agency, unless an emergency exists.
(8) To be eligible for reimbursement from the Fund,
costs must be within the range of usual and customary rates for similar or equivalent goods or services, incurred in performance of remediation work approved by the Agency, and necessary to respond to the release for which the claimant is seeking reimbursement from the Fund.
(9) If a claimant has pollution liability insurance
coverage other than coverage provided by the insurance account under this Act, that coverage shall be primary. Reimbursement from the remedial account shall be limited to the deductible amounts under the primary coverage and the amount that exceeds the policy limits of the primary coverage, subject to the deductible amounts established pursuant to this Act.
(f-5) Costs of corrective action or indemnification incurred by a claimant which have been paid to a claimant under a policy of insurance other than the insurance provided under this Act, another written agreement, or a court order are not eligible for reimbursement. A claimant who receives payment under such a policy, written agreement, or court order shall reimburse the State to the extent such payment covers costs for which payment was received from the Fund. Any moneys received by the State under this subsection shall be deposited into the Fund.
(g) The source of funds for the remedial action account shall be moneys
allocated to the account by the Agency.
(h) A drycleaning facility will be classified as active or inactive for
determining benefits under this Section based on the status of the facility
on the date a claim is filed.
(i) Eligible claimants shall conduct remedial action in accordance with Title XVII of
the Environmental Protection Act and rules adopted under that Act.
(j) Effective January 1, 2012, the owner or operator of an active drycleaning facility that has previously received or is currently receiving reimbursement for the costs of a remedial action, as defined in this Act, shall maintain continuous financial assurance for environmental liability coverage in the amount of at least $500,000 for that facility until January 1, 2030. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the revocation of the drycleaning facility's existing license and in the inability of the drycleaning facility to obtain or renew a license under Section 60 of this Act.
(k) Owners and operators of inactive drycleaning facilities that are eligible for reimbursement from the Fund shall, through calendar year 2029, pay an annual $3,000 administrative assessment each calendar year to the Agency for the facility. For calendar year 2020, the annual assessment described in this subsection (k) is due on or before October 1, 2020. For each subsequent calendar year, the annual assessment described in this subsection (k) is due on or before February 1 of the applicable calendar year. Administrative assessments collected by the Agency under this subsection (k) shall be deposited into the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 101-400, eff. 7-1-20; 101-605, eff. 7-1-20