Illinois Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Illinois Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil Spill Responders Liability Act, 740 Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 113/1 to 113/99

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Reporting requirements: 29 Illinois Administrative Code (IAC) 430

Petroleum underground storage tanks (USTs): 35 IAC 734

Responder liability: 740 ILCS 113/10

Regulatory Agencies

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Land Bureau Leaking Underground Storage Tank Section

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)

Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Illinois generally follows the federal reportable quantity regulations for petroleum products, and has established specific reporting requirements for petroleum releases. See the state sections UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS and ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS and RELEASE NOTIFICATION for additional guidance.

The state's definition of "oil," as related to oil spills, is defined as oil of any kind or in any form, including, but not limited to, petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse, and oil mixed with waste other than dredged spoil. However, the definition does not include petroleum, including crude oil or any fraction of crude oil that is specifically listed or designated as a hazardous substance under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act subject to the provision of that Act.

Administration and enforcement. IEMA must be notified in the event of a petroleum release.

State Requirements


29 IAC 430

Immediate telephone notification to IEMA, the applicable local emergency ...

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