The IEPA has filed an initial proposed rulemaking “Standards and Limitations for Certain Sources of Lead” under 35 IAC 226 to the Illinois Pollution Control Board (IPCB) on November 15, 2013. This proposed rulemaking is an obligation of the State of Illinois to satisfy the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) by developing a State Implementation Plan (SIP) and to address sources of lead emissions in areas designated to be in non-attainment with the Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  IEPA is proposing “reasonable and cost-effective lead controls on nonferrous metal production facilities” located in two areas in Illinois that are designated non-attainment for the 2008 Lead NAAQS: Granite City – Madison County designated area and the Chicago – Cook County designated area.  Additional information can be located at the IPCB website.

The IPCB has requested the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to conduct an economic impact study on November 21, 2013 concerning this proposal by no later than December 17, 2013.  The IPCB has accepted IEPA’s proposal for this rulemaking and first hearing is scheduled for January 8, 2014, second hearing on February 5, 2014, and a third hearing on February 19, 2014.  The IEPA has filed this proposed rulemaking on a fast track basis pursuant to Section 28.5  of the Environmental Protection Act (Act) (415 ILCS 5/28.5) and this requires the IPCB to follow a set of strict deadlines set forth in the Act.  More information can be found at the IPCB website