The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has adopted final rules for reducing lead emissions and added these to the Illinois Protection Control Board’s (IPCB) rules under a new Part 226 of the Illinois Administrative Code (IAC), i.e., 35 IAC Part 226 – Standards and Limitations for Certain Sources of Lead. These rules became effective April 21, 2014. This rulemaking is intended to satisfy IEPA’s obligation under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) to develop the means to address areas that are in nonattainment with the 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and incorporate those measures into Illinois’ State Implementation Plan (SIP). The newly promulgated Part 226 sets emissions standards, control requirements and other obligation that apply to lead emissions sources in the designated areas.

The two areas that are specifically subject to this rulemaking to meet lead emission control requirements are:

  • Madison County: Granite City and Venice Townships; and
  • Cook County: areas the near south side of Chicago between Roosevelt Road and the Stevenson Expressway (I-55), and between Damen Avenue and the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94).

All non-ferrous metal production facilities located in these two areas are subject to this rulemaking. The compliance dates for lead emission units subject to this rulemaking are:

  • Existing Units: January 1, 2015; and
  • New Units: Date on which the unit begins operation.

The notice of the adopted rulemaking can be found on the IPCB website, click here.