- Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 06:01 PM
SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) is leading legislation in response to an oversight by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that left McKinley Park residents blindsided by the construction of an asphalt plant in their neighborhood.
“What happened to McKinley Park residents is unacceptable, and we’re taking action to prevent a similar situation from happening again,” Munoz said. “People deserve input on projects coming into their community that could potentially have a detrimental effect on their health.”
Last year, McKinley Park residents received only a two week notice before construction on an asphalt plant began. Munoz held a town hall in July to discuss the issue with the community resulting in the legislation that was approved in the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday.
Senate Bill 1847 requires the IEPA to provide notice when a permit is required to construct a new facility to the state senator and state representative of the district where the construction is to occur and post the information on its website, searchable by ZIP code.
A permit is required to construct any facility capable of causing or contributing to air and water pollution or designed to prevent air and water pollution. If no action is taken by the IEPA within 90 days of filing the application, the permit is considered issued.
The measure heads to the full Senate for consideration.