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(615 ILCS 5/14a)
(from Ch. 19, par. 61a)
It is the express intention of this legislation that close
cooperation shall exist between the Pollution Control Board, the
Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Natural Resources and
that every resource of State government shall be applied to the proper
preservation and utilization of the waters of Lake Michigan.
The Environmental Protection Agency shall work in close cooperation
with the City of Chicago and other affected units of government to: (1)
terminate discharge of pollutional waste materials to Lake Michigan from
vessels in both intra-state and inter-state navigation, and (2) abate
domestic, industrial, and other pollution to assure that Lake Michigan
beaches in Illinois are suitable for full body contact sports, meeting
criteria of the Pollution Control Board.
The Environmental Protection Agency shall regularly conduct water
quality and lake bed surveys to evaluate the ecology and the quality of
water in Lake Michigan. Results of such surveys shall be made available,
without charge, to all interested persons and agencies. It shall be the
responsibility of the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency to
report biennially or at such other times as the Governor shall direct;
such report shall provide hydrologic, biologic, and chemical data
together with recommendations to the Governor and members of the General
The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall be satisfied
by filing copies of the report as
required by Section 3.1 of the General Assembly Organization Act, and filing such additional
copies with the State Government
Report Distribution Center for the General Assembly as is required under
paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the State Library Act.
In meeting the requirements of this Act, the Pollution Control Board,
Environmental Protection Agency and Department of
Natural Resources are authorized to be in direct contact with individuals,
municipalities, public and private corporations and other organizations
which are or may be contributing to the discharge of pollution to Lake
(Source: P.A. 100-1148, eff. 12-10-18.)