2017 Annual Emissions Report Forms Were Emailed to Companies January 5th
Annual Emissions Reports Are Due May 1st
Beginning with the 2017 reporting year, the Bureau of Air stopped mailing paper Annual Emissions Reports (AER). Instead, Illinois EPA sent each facility's report to them via e-mail as a PDF attachment for viewing and printing using the free Adobe Acroba
On January 5, 2018, permitted sources should have received an email from Buzz Asselmeier containing their 2017 Annual Emissions Report forms that are due to the Illinois EPA by May 1st. If you have not received your facility's 2017 report form, it is possible it was sent to your junk or spam folders. To help ensure you receive future communications regarding your AER, we recommend you add
to your address book. If you have not received your report, please e-mail
If your contact information changes for your facility's Annual Emissions Report, changes can be submitted
If you have questions about your report or need assistance, contact the Illinois EPA Bureau of Air at 217-524-0934 or the Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at 800-252-3998 or
for links to helpful tools for calculating your facility's emissions as well as the Illinois EPA's Annual Emission Report Instructions.
Consider creating a dedicated e-mail address like
or Compliance@xyzcompany.com for official government correspondence. This would help ensure your company continues to receive regulatory reports, billings and other notifications when staffing changes occur. Topical or dedicated e-mail addresses eliminate the need for updating multiple agencies of staff/contact changes, reduce the chances of the communications being lost or overlooked, and could allow multiple users to have access to important email communications.
Illinois EPA Proposes "Clean-Up" Amendments to Illinois Environmental Regulations
On January 10, 2018, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) filed a petition for rulemaking with the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) that would amend or repeal environmental rules and regulations found in Title 35 of the Illinois Administrative Code that have become, in the words of the Agency, "obsolete, duplicative or unnecessary." The proposed rulemaking arises from Executive Order 2016-13, requiring all state agencies under the Governor to undertake a comprehensive review of existing rules and regulations to identify, amend or repeal regulations that have become "outdated, repetitive, confusing, unnecessary or harmful to the economy."
The Agency proposes to repeal specified portions of Board regulations which have become obsolete, duplicative, or unnecessary is also addressing minor corrections or updates to other Parts of the Administrative Code as well. The proposed rulemaking includes changes to portions of 35 IL Adm. Code Parts 210, 211, 212, 214, 215, 216, 217 218, 219, 225, 228, 232, 237, 301, 302, 303, 304, 306, 209, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 501, 611, 615, 616, 617, 722, 811, 813, 855, and 1000 and pertain to all three media: air, water and land/waste.
The Illinois EPA does not believe this rulemaking proposes substantive changes to Title 35.
The IPCB case number is RC2018-021. The notice of proposal, proposed text, and the technical support document can be found here.
2018 Dry Cleaning Compliance Workbook
The 2018 Dry Cleaning Compliance Workbooks are complete and all client orders were mailed. If you did not receive your workbook or would like to order a 2018 Dry Cleaning Compliance Workbook, contact the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at: 800.252.3998 or
Illinois High School Student Wins First Place in National Radon Video Contest
2018 State Radon Poster & Video Contest Submissions are Due March 1st
A video created by a student at Washington Community High School in Washington, Illinois won first place in the first-ever national radon video contest. Maddie Kogelis originally submitted the 60-second video to the state contest sponsored by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the American Lung Association in Illinois (ALA-IL) in early 2017. After finishing first in the state contest, her video was entered into the national contest. Kogelis will receive a $1,000 prize.
"We are so proud of Maddie for taking top honors in the national video contest," said IEMA Interim Director Jennifer Ricker. "Her video shows exceptional creativity as it promotes the important messages about radon hazards and the importance of testing your home for this radioactive gas that is known to cause lung cancer."
Kogelis' video can be viewed on the IEMA website at www.illinois.gov/iema.
Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally-occurring uranium in the soil. It can enter homes and buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces. Approximately 1,200 people in Illinois die each year from radon-related lung cancer.
IEMA and the ALA-IL are currently seeking submissions for the 2018 state radon poster and video contests. In 2017, nearly 800 posters and 141 one-minute YouTube videos were submitted for consideration. Information about the contest is available at www.illinois.gov/iema. The deadline for submissions is March 1.
Illinois Environmental Services Directory Application Available Online
Firms providing environmental services are invited to submit their information for inclusion.
The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program as a service for our small business clients requiring consulting services, provides a directory of environmental consultants/service providers that can be searched by both location and the type of environmental expertise. The program recently revamped the online Illinois Environmental Services Directory and ask that companies submit their current information via the online application found here.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity makes no attempt to qualify providers in the directory and inclusion in the directory does not in any way serve as an endorsement or guarantee of any company or service. The Environmental Services Directory is not a comprehensive listing and only contains those companies who have voluntarily listed themselves with the program. When contracting for any professional service, we suggest small business owners do their homework, check references as well as any required certifications or licenses for their particular project or need before selecting an environmental service provider.
If you have any questions please contact the Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program staff at 800-252-3998 or email us at DCEO.SBEAP@illinois.gov.
2018 Midwest Food Recovery Summit Call for Presentations Now Open!
Is your organization or business doing something incredible to reduce, recycle, or recover food waste? Do you have a great case study that can help others take action? If so, share it with the attendees at the 2018 Midwest Food Recovery Summit, taking place September 11-13, 2018 in Des Moines, IA!
The 2017 Midwest Food Recovery Summit brought together over 130 attendees from all over the United States (18 states overall) and Canada to discuss their food waste initiatives, case studies, and successes for overcoming and tackle food waste. Speakers came from numerous industries (education, grocery stores, restaurants, consultants, regulatory agencies, landfill operations, and more) and focused on many levels of food recovery (source reduction, food insecurity, anaerobic digestion, composting, landfill operations, and more).
- Call for Presentations is open from February 1 - 28, 2018.
- Presentations focused on case studies, planning processes and/or research, in particular, presentations that showcase details regarding why and how the food waste reduction, recycling, and/or diversion project was started, obstacles encountered, and/or innovative solutions, will be given priority. (Abstracts focused solely on a particular product and/or service will not be considered.)
- Each speaker will be provided 20 minutes for their presentation and all sessions will include a panel of experts working in the field.
- Speakers with accepted call for presentations will be able to register for the full summit at a discounted full-conference rate. There will be no charge to attend on only the day you are speaking
- Accepted speakers will be responsible for their own travel and hotel costs.
More information about the summit can be found here.
If you have any questions, email the Iowa Waste Reduction Center at email@example.com.
Illinois Sustainability Award Application Process Opening Soon!
Get ready to be recognized for your environmental and social responsibility stewardship! The application process for the Illinois Sustainability Award will be opening in a few weeks!
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), part of the Prairie Research Center at the University of Illinois, annually presents the Illinois Sustainability Awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence. The Illinois Sustainability Award, presented since 1987, is the longest running state environmental award in the country for sustainable businesses and organizations.
APPLY FOR AN AWARD
We encourage you to consider applying for the Award for implementation of sustainability activities within your organization; outstanding, innovative commercial technologies; or implementation of an industry or community-based sustainability program. Each application is evaluated on its own merit.
Impact of the Awards
from last year's applicants to see the far-reaching effects of sustainable change within Illinois. Join our impressive list of
and take your place among those committed to a legacy of environmental excellence.
Need help with your application? ISTC's Technical Assistance Program staff is available to guide you through the process. Please contact Deb Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USEPA Withdraws "Once-in Always-in" Policy for Major Sources Under the Clean Air Act
On January 25th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued a guidance memorandum withdrawing the "once-in always-in" policy for the classification of major sources of hazardous air pollutants under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. With the new guidance, sources of hazardous air pollutants previously classified as "major sources" may be reclassified as "area" sources when the facility limits its potential to emit below major source thresholds.
"This guidance is based on a plain language reading of the statute that is in line with USEPA's guidance for other provisions of the Clean Air Act," said Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator of USEPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "It will reduce regulatory burden for industries and the states, while continuing to ensure stringent and effective controls on hazardous air pollutants."
The memo is another step by which USEPA is reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens that deterred innovative efforts to improve the environment. The "once in always in" policy has been a longstanding disincentive for sources to implement voluntary pollution abatement and prevention efforts, or to pursue technological innovations that would reduce hazardous air pollution emissions. States, state organizations and industries have frequently requested rescission of this policy, which was one of the most commonly cited requests in response to Executive Order 13777. USEPA's action is an important step in furtherance of the regulatory reform agenda while providing a meaningful incentive for investment in HAP reduction activities and technologies.
The Clean Air Act defines a "major source" as a one that emits, or has the potential to emit, 10 tons per year of any hazardous air pollutant, or 25 tons per year or more of any combination of hazardous air pollutants. Sources with emissions below this threshold are classified as "area sources." Different control standards apply to the source depending on whether or not it is classified as a "major source" or an "area source."
In a 1995 memo, USEPA established a "once-in always-in" policy that determined that any facility subject to major source standards would always remain subject to those standards, even if production processes changed or controls were implemented that eliminated or permanently reduced that facility's potential to emit hazardous air pollutants.
The memo finds that USEPA had no statutory authority under the Clean Air Act to place a time limit on when a facility may be determined to be an area source, and that a plain language reading of the Act must allow facilities to be reclassified as area sources once their potential to emit hazardous air pollutants falls below the levels that define major sources.
USEPA anticipates that it will soon publish a Federal Register notice to take comment on adding regulatory text that will reflect USEPA's plain language reading of the statute as discussed in this memorandum.
More information is available online at
USEPA to Hold Three Public Listening Sessions Regarding the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan
In response to numerous requests for additional opportunities for the public to provide oral testimony on the proposed rule in more than one location, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is announcing that three listening sessions will be held. The first listening session for the proposed rule published October 16, 2017 will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri; the second session will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2018, in San Francisco, California; and the third session will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Gillette, Wyoming. In addition, the USEPA will reopen the public comment period until April 26, 2018. On October 16, 2017, the USEPA published a proposal to announce its intention to repeal the Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units, commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan, as promulgated on October 23, 2015. The proposal also requested public comment on the proposed rule. The EPA held public hearings on November 28 and 29, 2017, in Charleston, West Virginia, and extended the public comment period until January 16, 2018. For more information click here.
Direct Final Rule, NESHAP: Off-Site Waste and Recovery Operations
USEPA through direct rule removed the additional monitoring requirements for pressure relief devices (PRDs) on containers that resulted from the 2015 amendments because USEPA has determined that they are not necessary. The action finalizes amendments to the NESHAP for Off-Site Waste and Recovery Operations (OSWRO). The final amendments address continuous monitoring on pressure relief devices (PRDs) on containers. This issue was raised in a petition for reconsideration of the 2015 amendments to the OSWRO NESHAP, which were based on the residual risk and technology review (RTR). Among other things, the 2015 amendments established additional monitoring requirements for all PRDs, including PRDs on containers. For PRDs on containers, these monitoring requirements were in addition to the inspection and monitoring requirements for containers and their closure devices already required by the OSWRO NESHAP. This action does not substantially change the level of environmental protection provided under the OSWRO NESHAP, but reduces burden to this industry compared to the current rule by $28 million in capital costs related to compliance, and $4.2 million per year in total annualized costs under a 7 percent interest rate. Over 15 years at a 7-percent discount rate, this constitutes an estimated reduction of $39 million in the present value, or $4.3 million per year in equivalent annualized cost savings. DATES: The final action is effective on January 29, 2018 and can be found here.
Revisions to Testing Regulations for Air Emission Sources
USEPA proposed corrections and updates to regulations for source testing of emissions. The proposed rule includes corrections to testing provisions that contain inaccuracies, updates to outdated procedures, and approved alternative procedures that provide testers enhanced flexibility. The revisions will improve the quality of data but will not impose new substantive requirements on source owners or operators. DATES: Comments. Written comments must be received by March 27, 2018 more information regarding the proposed rule can be found here. Comments may be submitted, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0510 at: http://www.regulations.gov.
The Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) is a federally mandated program to assist small businesses with their environmental requirements. SBEAP is a free, confidential, and non-regulatory resource for small business owners to help them understand and comply with state and federal air pollution regulations.
We offer a range of services to assist small businesses, including training seminars and workshops, current permit forms and instructions, links to various Illinois state agency environmental regulations, a quarterly newsletter with regular updates and information on pending and recently amended rulemakings, fact sheets, brochures and guides related to a wide range of small businesses, and links to a directory of environmental consultants.
The SBEAP program is located within the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. For more information please
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