Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) of the state of Illinois is the primary body concerned with the protection of the environment for the state. The Illinois EPA's mission is "to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life."

Its stated goals are to:
  • Provide leadership to chart a new course for clean air which is responsive to relevant needs in Illinois and complies with priority aspects of the Clean Air Act Amendments.
  • Address outstanding solid and hazardous waste management concerns and participate, as appropriate, in the national deliberations on reauthorization of the hazardous waste program.
  • Utilize creative means to address the priority needs for clean and safe water in Illinois and participate, as appropriate, in the national deliberations on reauthorization of the water programs.
  • Enhance capability to fund environmental cleanup, when necessary, and to provide better service for private party actions.
  • Promote pollution prevention and market-based approaches for continued environmental progress.
  • Develop an environmental planning capability which emphasizes risk-based analysis, good science and sound data, and open communication and informed participation.


The current director of the Illinois EPA is Lisa Bonnett.

History

The Illinois EPA was established in July 1970, shortly after the first...
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