05312021CM0472 rSPRINGFIELD – An initiative by State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport) to require increased groundwater monitoring near quarry fill sites passed the Senate Friday.

“This clean water initiative is the watchfulness that our constituents expect.  Increasing our vigilance to ensure that we have clean water to drink doesn’t just matter today—it will matter for generations into the future,” Connor said. “Enforcing standards that keep our water clean means that our communities can grow and thrive for years to come.”

Connor was joined in this initiative by Representative Dagmara Avelar (D-Bolingbrook), who filed the bill in the House, and State Senator Laura Ellaman (D-Naperville) who filed identical legislation during the previous General Assembly and has been an advocate for the cause in the Senate.

“The legislature has been working for close to 10 years to resolve the issue of protecting groundwater and preventing contamination, and I commend all stakeholders who worked with us in passing this bill,” Avelar said. “We are contributing to environmentally friendly practices and protecting our natural resources for generations to come."

This legislation is an initiative of the Illinois Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center. If signed into law, it would allocate funding to expand teams of inspectors tasked with monitoring clean construction and demolition debris facilities. The increased monitoring and testing facilitated by this legislation would ultimately ensure that contaminants are kept out of groundwater where clean construction demolition debris is dumped.

“I have been proud to champion this issue, and I couldn’t be happier to see this legislation pass,” Ellman said. "In particular, this is important to residents of Will County, which is home to more Clean Construction Demolition Debris sites than any other state in Illinois. Families who rely on groundwater will now have more measures in place to ensure the safety of their drinking water."

House Bill 653 passed the Senate with 55 votes.

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