Bill Text: IL HB3656 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled


Bill Title: Creates the Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Task Force Act. Creates the FGD Task Force to study the cost benefits of and make recommendations for the construction of new stacks at coal-fired power plants with flue gas desulfurization scrubber technology and the conversion of existing stacks at coal-fired power plants to flue gas desulfurization scrubber technology for the purpose of safely burning more Illinois-mined coal. Provides for the membership of the Task Force and provides that members shall serve without compensation. Requires the Task Force to report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by December 31, 2017. Requires the Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. Repeals the Act on January 1, 2019. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 9-1)

Status: (Enrolled) 2017-07-24 - Sent to the Governor [HB3656 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3656-Enrolled.html



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1 AN ACT concerning safety.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Flue
5Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Task Force Act.
6 Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
7 "FGD" means flue gas desulfurization and other
8technologies that can be used to lower sulfur dioxide
9emissions.
10 "Task Force" means the FGD Task Force
11 Section 10. The FGD Task Force.
12 (a) The FGD Task Force is hereby created to increase the
13amount of Illinois Basin coal use in generation units. The FGD
14Task Force shall identify and evaluate the costs, benefits, and
15barriers of new and modified FGD, or other post-combustion
16sulfur dioxide emission control technologies, and other
17capital improvements, that would be necessary for generation
18units to comply with the sulfur dioxide National Ambient Air
19Quality Standards (NAAQS) while improving the ability of those
20generation units to meet the effluent limitation guidelines
21(ELGs) for wastewater discharges and enhancing the
22marketability of the generation units' FGD byproducts.

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1 (b) The membership of the Task Force shall be as follows:
2 (1) Two members of the Senate appointed by the
3 President of the Senate.
4 (2) Two members of the Senate appointed by the Minority
5 Leader of the Senate.
6 (3) Two members of the House of appointed by the
7 Speaker of the House of Representatives.
8 (4) Two members of the House of Representatives
9 appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of
10 Representatives.
11 (5) Three members appointed by the Governor, two with
12 expertise in Illinois coal, coal mining, emission
13 reduction, or energy production; and one representative of
14 an electricity generator that owns multiple coal-fueled
15 electric generation plants with FGD or similar
16 technologies.
17 (6) The Director of Natural Resources, or his or her
18 designee.
19 (7) The Director of the Environmental Protection
20 Agency, or his or her designee.
21 (c) Task Force members shall serve without compensation but
22shall be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in performing
23their duties.
24 (d) The Task Force shall report their findings and
25recommendations to the General Assembly by December 31, 2017.

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1 Section 15. Administrative support. The Department of
2Natural Resources and the Illinois Environmental Protection
3Agency shall provide administrative and other support to the
4Task Force.
5 Section 20. Repeal. This Act is repealed on January 1,
62019.
7 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
8becoming law.
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