General Radiation Protection Statutes
Listed below are the names of the General Radiation Protection Statutes, along with a synopsis of the statutory requirements, by which the Illinois Emergency Management Agency exercises, administers and enforces its rights, powers, duties and responsibilities.
ILLINOIS RADON AWARENESS ACT
[420 ILCS 46]
This Act provides radon disclosure requirements for real estate transactions.
RADON INDUSTRY LICENSING ACT
[Public Act 90-262, effective July 30, 1997.]
This act repealed the Radon Mitigation Act on July 30, 1997, and the Radon Testing Act on January 1, 1998. The Act authorizes the Agency to regulate matters concerning the presence, effects, measurement and mitigation of radon by establishing a licensing program for radon measurements and mitigation contractors. The Act provides grounds for disciplinary action that may be taken by the Agency with regard to a licensee or other individual that violates any provision of the Act.
Radon Resistant Construction Act (420 ILCS 52)
[Public Act 97-953, effective June 1, 2013.]
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall have primary responsibility for coordination, oversight, and implementation of all State functions in matters concerning the presence, effects, measurement, and mitigation of risks of radon and radon progeny in dwellings and other buildings. The Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Public Health, and other State agencies shall consult and cooperate with the Agency as requested and as necessary to fulfill the purposes of this Act.
RADIATION PROTECTION ACT OF 1990
[420 ILCS 40/1 - 40/44.]
This Act authorizes the Agency to license the possession, use, manufacture and distribution of radioactive materials, accredit persons who apply ionizing radiation to humans, inspect radiation installations and radiation sources. The Act establishes requirements applicable to persons providing mammography services and for the inspection of mammography facilities. The Act also authorizes the Agency to impound or confiscate radiation sources, and recover costs associated with such impoundment, as well as costs incurred monitoring unlicensed properties contaminated with Section 11(e)2 by-product material. Lastly, the Act authorizes the Agency to maintain a facility for the purpose of calibrating radiation detection and measurement instruments.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT TITLE VI-A: ATOMIC REGULATIONS
[415 ILCS 5/25a-1 - 5/25b.]
This Act authorizes the Division of Nuclear Safety to enforce all the regulations adopted by the Pollution Control Board under Section 25(b) of the Environmental Protection Act to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Illinois from the hazards of radiation. These include regulations limiting air emissions of radionuclides. The Act also provides that copies of the decommissioning plans for nuclear power plants shall be filed with the Division of Nuclear Safety.
URANIUM AND THORIUM MILL TAILINGS CONTROL ACT
[420 ILCS 42.]
This Act establishes a comprehensive program for the timely decommissioning of uranium and thorium mill tailings facilities in Illinois. This Act also imposes an annual storage fee on operators of uranium and thorium tailings facilities and requires the owner or operator of any licensed site where 11(e)2 by-product material is located to file a detailed remedial action plan with the Agency. The Act also provides legislative approval for the May 19, 1994 agreement entered into by the Attorney General's Office, on behalf of the Agency, and Kerr McGee Chemical Corporation to facilitate the removal of by-product material from the City of West Chicago. Lastly, the Act allows the Agency to limit the use of groundwater and property that has been impacted by a source material milling facility.
LASER SYSTEM ACT OF 1997
[Public Act 90-209, effective July 15, 1997.]
This Act authorizes the Agency to regulate the use of laser systems through registration and inspection requirements. Laser systems not considered hazardous to the skin or eyes, as determined by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) classification scheme or by the Agency, are exempt from the registration requirements. The Act also provides that the Agency may take possession of or require cessation of use of any laser system considered an immediate threat to health and/or enter an order for immediate abatement of a violation of a provision of the Act.