The City of Chicago and Cook County have each introduced ordinances which will impact fees for permitting and compliance. The City of Chicago has proposed a new fee structure for obtaining air permits for industrial process equipment as well as increasing fines for air pollution violations. Cook County has proposed the following changes:
- Requiring a Cook County Department of Environmental Control permit fee specific to the annual tons of emissions emitted from the site on a 25 tons per year increment as well as an annual fee based on the same increment.
- Doubling the permit fee as a means of enforcement for sites which fail to obtain permits on time.
- Notifying Permitee if fee is not paid within 90 days. Revoking permits if sites fail to pay fees within 60 days following notification.
- Requiring a "Regulated Air Pollutant Emission Reduction Plan" describing efforts to reduce emissions by 10% for sites emitting 100+ tons per year of pollutants.
- Reducing the following year's permit fee by 10% for those sites which reduce their emissions by 10% or more.
- Submitting an AER to the department within one month of submitting the document to the IEPA along with submitting quarterly reports detailing the pollution emission levels.