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 Illinois Small Business  Environmental Assistance Program  
The Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (IL SBEAP) is a federally mandated program to assist small companies in understanding their environmental requirements and achieving compliance.  The program is located in the non-regulatory, business assistance agency, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to alleviate small business' fears in seeking assistance. Questions?  Call 800-252-3998
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Illinois EPA Registration of Smaller Sources Program Hits Program Landmark 
3,000 Illinois Small Businesses Benefit from Permit Streamlining


Illinois EPA announced the Agency has met its target of registering 3,000 small sources since the 2012 inception of the Registration of Smaller Sources (ROSS) program. The ROSS program is part of a major regulatory streamlining effort designed to reduce the burden and costs on Illinois small businesses.

The Registration of Smaller Sources program was created in response to legislation which streamlined the environmental permitting process in Illinois, making the process easier for small businesses to open and expand business in Illinois. Through the legislation, the Agency established the ROSS program, which allowed low-polluting small businesses to register with the Illinois EPA instead of completing the permitting process. The program was developed through a collaborative effort of members of the General Assembly, Illinois industry, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Small Business Environmental Assistance Program and the Illinois EPA.


"ROSS allows the Agency to dedicate resources to the largest sources of emissions in order to better serve businesses concurrent with economic growth and enhanced environmental protection," said Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett.


Among several benefits to small businesses is the need to simply register instead of being required to apply for and obtain a permit prior to constructing and operating. Under ROSS, small businesses no longer need to wait for the Illinois EPA to complete an application review and issue a permit before opening for business. ROSS sources are still required to maintain records for inspection by the Agency including descriptions of emission units, associated control devices, control efficiency or emission rates, documentation of actual emissions and calculations demonstrating eligibility for ROSS.
The ROSS program applies to sources whose combined emissions account for less than one percent of the total air emissions in Illinois. Prior to the ROSS program, more than 3,000 Illinois small sources represented just 1 percent of the air emissions in Illinois. The larger sources, more than 2,750, represented the remaining 99 percent of emissions.


Illinois EPA projected an estimated 3,000 sources would be eligible to register through the ROSS program. Illinois EPA continues to maintain a robust database of these small emission sources. The Agency also continues to track and oversee these sources, who must still comply with all applicable air pollution control requirements. The Agency retains the ability to inspect and enforce against a source to ensure compliance with all applicable statues and regulations.


For more information or questions regarding the ROSS program contact the Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity at 800-252-3998 or visit the program website at: .  


Are You a City of Chicago Business Owner?

Frequently Asked Questions for Obtaining City of Chicago Air Pollution Control Permits


In addition to state and federal environmental requirements, local municipalities, such as the City of Chicago, may also regulate emissions from your small business. It is important to remember that these requirements are in addition to any permits required at the state or federal level. Municipalities may be more strict than the state or federal regulations but they cannot be less stringent. Receiving a permit from the City of Chicago does not take the place of necessary permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. EPA.


1. Who needs an Air Pollution Control (APC) Permit?

You need an APC permit if your facility has regulated equipment or a regulated area

as defined in the Chicago Municipal Code, Section 11-4-610. Regulated equipment or

area means "any combustion equipment, pollution control device, process equipment,

or process area." In general, this refers to equipment and areas that have a potential

to emit any air contaminant into the atmosphere. Neither the size of the facility nor the

amount of the air contaminant has any bearing on whether or not you need a permit.


2. When must I apply for an APC permit?

You are required to obtain an APC permit prior to installation and operation.

(See Section 11-4-620 of the Municipal Code.) However, if your equipment is

already installed, then you should apply for a permit as soon as you become aware

of the permit requirement. In most cases, you will not be penalized for failing to

apply sooner, unless you fail to respond to a 30-day warning notice, known as a

Defect Notice.


3. Does the APC Permit need to be renewed?

The APC permit is valid for the life of the equipment at its current location.

However, if you replace the equipment, relocate it to another facility, or modify it

such that the quantity or nature of air contaminants changes, you must obtain a

new APC permit. In addition, Certificates of Operation must be renewed



4. What is a Certificate of Operation?

A Certificate of Operation is an annual certificate for facilities that have equipment

or areas subject to an APC permit. A single certificate covers all the regulated

equipment/areas at the facility. See Sections 11-4-660 through 11-4-690 for more

information about Certificates of Operation.


5. How do I apply for an APC Permit or Certificate of Operation?

To begin the application process, go to the City of Chicago's Permit, License and

Registration Portal at . If you have never used

the online system, click "Create New Account." Once you are signed in, you will

see a list of all the regulated equipment and areas at your facility that are currently

registered with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Simply review

A Guide to Obtaining Air Pollution Control Permits the list and make any necessary changes to accurately reflect the equipment and areas at your facility.


6. When will I receive my APC permit or Certificate of Operation?

After you have made any necessary corrections or updates in the permitting

website, please proceed to checkout to securely pay the appropriate fee. If you

applied for a Certificate of Operation, you will be able to print a copy of the

Certificate as soon as you complete the checkout process. (Be sure to post the

Certificate in a conspicuous place at your facility as required under Section 11-4-

660.) If you applied for a new APC permit, you will receive an email from CDPH as

soon as your permit is ready to be printed.


7. What are the fees? 

The one-time fee for an APC permit is $150.00 per piece of equipment or area.

The annual Certificate of Operation fee ranges from $50 to $1,250 per facility,

depending on your facility category. See Section 11-4-680 for a definition of the

four categories of facilities requiring an APC permit. Please note that it may be

possible to reduce permit fees by grouping similar equipment, if applicable. For

assistance with grouping, or to inquire about payment plans if needed, see

Question 8 below.


8. What if I need help with the application process?

CDPH staff are available to assist businesses throughout the permitting process. If

you have any questions or need assistance, please send an email to You may also call CDPH's Chief Air Engineer at

(312) 745-7206.


For more information on the permitting process, please visit CDPH's website at Click on "Environmental Permits & Regulation," then

"View All Services," and then "Apply for an Air Pollution Control Permit." For more information regarding state or federal permitting requirements, contact the Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program at 800-252-3998.



Illinois Recycling Grants Program Applications Due December 8th

Traditional Recyclables: Paper Fiber of all Grades, Plastic, Metal, and Glass


The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Bureau of Energy and Recycling is pleased to announce grant opportunities in recycling.  The Department is seeking applications from qualified entities for traditional recycling (paper fiber, plastic, metal, and glass) projects. The purpose of the program is to divert recyclable commodities from Illinois landfills by increasing the quantity of materials recycled in Illinois and increasing the self-sufficiency of the recycling industry.  Projects that demonstrate public economic benefits, such as job creation, will be given priority.


Grants are available to assist local governments, for-profit, and not-for-profit businesses or organizations and colleges and universities with their recycling efforts (K-12 schools are not eligible). Grant funds may be used to purchase project-related capital equipment such as collection, processing or handling equipment (bins, trucks, balers, etc.) and project-related expansion and modernization costs (electrical upgrades, concrete work, fencing, etc.). Project examples:  Curbside recycling and/or drop-off recycling projects at municipalities, colleges, park districts, office buildings, sports facilities, etc. 


Grant funds are made available from the Illinois Solid Waste Management Fund. The maximum grant amounts for the grant program are $150,000 for collection projects and $245,000 for primary processing projects.



  • Minimum ten percent of grant amount requested must be cash only match by applicant.

  • Grant funds can only be requested for equipment and/or expansion/modernization expenditures.

  • Cash match by applicant for project-related equipment and expansion/modernization only.

  • Potential applicants should obtain project consultations by contacting the DCEO regional representative (see attached map).

  • Estimated project budget includes only equipment and expansion/modernization costs, (e.g., no personnel costs; no direct costs including, but not limited to, rent, utilities, insurance; no promotional/advertising costs). Eligible project expenses must account for 100% of the total budget. Should your project be funded, you will be responsible for providing all proof of payment documentation for entire budget - this includes applicant's match and grant funds.

  • Site improvements are limited to $50,000 or 50% of the total project cost--whichever is LESS.
  • An applicant that has not complied with any requirement under a previous grant agreement with DCEO may be declared ineligible for future DCEO funding opportunities.
  • Prior Incurred Costs-  This program allows prior incurred costs for eligible project related expenses purchased on or after July 1, 2014.  Prior incurred costs associated with such purchases may be eligible provided that the project meets all other eligibility requirements described in these guidelines and meets the minimum scoring threshold for funding available in this grant cycle.  The Department reserves the right to evaluate the timing of prior incurred costs on an individual basis and deem those costs eligible or ineligible on the basis of that evaluation.

  • Projects involving removing recyclables from garbage (such as at a waste transfer station or "dirty" material recovery facilities or "dumpster diving"), special waste, hazardous waste, and industrial process waste, as those terms are defined in the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, as well as landscape waste,  food scraps, wood waste, textiles, electronic scrap, white goods (large appliances), used/waste tires, lead acid batteries, materials banned from Illinois municipal landfills, and construction and demolition debris, are not eligible for funding under this RF A.


    Entities interested in submitting an application are encouraged to schedule an individual consultation with their regional DCEO representative listed in the RFA. The RFAs  can be downloaded at


Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's PCB's and Their Impact on Illinois Workshop Videos  Available Online


Videos are now available from the one-day workshop on "PCBs and Their Impact in Illinois" that was held at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) campus on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This workshop brought together expert perspectives representing industry, law, public health, and environmental science in a public forum on best practices and trends in the management of PCBs. ISTC organized this event as part of its outreach work focused on important environmental/societal/economic issues in the state. The videos  cover four specific topics: background on PCBs and their impact on Illinois; managing PCBs with the use of landfills; other means of managing PCBs; and PCB clean-up and redevelopment success stories. 


ISTC is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, which provides research and service to build the Illinois economy, promote public health and safety, and steward Illinois' abundant resources.



Seminar Series Offers Blueprints for Sustainability Planning


On December 4th, The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center will host a webinar on "Sustainability Planning and Climate Change Considerations."  Presented by Donald Fournier - BEAP, CEM, LEED AP; Energy Consultant for Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners 

Planning for climate change - mitigation and adaptation are both necessary for our future. A broader context for sustainability planning is now required. This presentation addresses these issues providing ideas and concepts that need to be incorporated into our sustainability plans, ensuring our efforts are effective, persistent, and adaptable to future surprises.

Previous presentations in the series are now available on-line at: and include  "Starting a Sustainability Program - Where to Begin"; "Facilitating Employee Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives"; "Trends in Waste and Resource Management"; "The Greenest Region Compact: A Consensus Sustainability Plan for Municipalities"; and "L&C Sustainability: Strategies for a Carbon Neutral Campus" (forthcoming).


To Register for the December 4th Webinar visit:




Federal Updates


Revisions to Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, and Confidentiality Determinations Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( U.S. EPA) is amending the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. These amendments include an alternative verification approach in lieu of collecting certain data elements for which the EPA has identified disclosure concerns and for which the reporting deadline was deferred until March 31, 2015. The alternative verification approach includes the addition of new verification, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements while maintaining the EPA's ability to verify emissions and ensure compliance with the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. In conjunction with the amendments, the EPA is establishing final confidentiality determinations for the new data elements added in this action. This final rule is effective on November 24, 2014. 

A copy of the final rule can be found at: 


SBA's Online Portal Now Accepting 2015 National Small Business Week Award Nominations; Deadline January 5, 2015


The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that SBA's online portal is accepting nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award.   


National nominations may be submitted online at which also provides all the guidelines to submit and track submissions of national nominees for National Small Business Week. The submission deadline is at 2 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2015.


Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy Comments on the U.S. EPA's and Corp's "Definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act"


On October 1, 2014 the Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) filed public comments with the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA, together the Agencies)  in response to the proposed rule "Definition of Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act".

  • On April 21, 2014 the Agencies issued a proposed rule soliciting comments on the proposed definition of the term "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.
  • Advocacy's letter states that the Agencies improperly certified the rule. Advocacy believes that the rule will have direct effects on small businesses and that these effects will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses.
  • Advocacy believes U.S.EPA should have conducted a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel prior to releasing the rule for comment.
  • Advocacy recommends that the Agencies withdraw the proposed rule and conduct a panel prior to re-proposing the rule.

The full comment letter can be found here.  The U.S. EPA accepted public comments regarding this rule through November 8th, 2014. For more information, visit Advocacy's website at or contact Kia Dennis at 202-205-6936.



U.S. EPA Increases Access to Chemical Information

Agency seeks input on improvements


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has posted additional data and added new functions to ChemView, U.S. EPA's publicly-accessible, one-stop online tool to find information for chemicals regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


"In the absence of TSCA reform, U.S. EPA is moving ahead to improve access to chemical health and safety information, and increase the dialogue to help the public choose safer ingredients used in everyday products," said James Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "The additional data along with a customer satisfaction survey will make chemical information more readily available for decision-makers and consumers."


The enhanced data functions include: improving the display and content for the Chemical Data Reporting information, adding a new link that displays the pollution prevention information generated as part of the Toxics Release Inventory program, and launching an administrative tool that will save U.S. EPA resources by streamlining the loading of future information.  The updated database now includes the following new information: 244 consent orders, an additional 1,205 Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) for new and existing chemicals, 16 additional chemicals with test rule data, and updates to the Safer Chemicals Ingredient List. This is the first time U.S. EPA has posted consent orders and new chemical SNURs to ChemView. With these additions, ChemView now contains information on almost 10,000 chemicals.


U.S. EPA is also encouraging people to complete a ten minute customer satisfaction survey to help guide future improvements to ChemView. This survey asks about how people use ChemView, the usefulness of the tool, how it can be optimized to help advance chemical safety, and suggestions for additional content and functionality. U.S. EPA will use the information from the survey to continuously improve ChemView.


ChemView was launched in 2013 to increase the availability of information on chemicals as part of a commitment to strengthen the existing chemicals program and improve access to and usefulness of chemical data and information.


The tool displays key health and safety information and uses data in a format that allows quick understanding, with links to more detailed information. Searches can be conducted by chemical name or Chemical Abstracts Service number, use, hazard effect, or regulatory action and has the flexibility to create tailored views of the information on individual chemicals.  By increasing health and safety information and identifying safer chemical ingredients, manufacturers and retailers will have the information to better differentiate their products by using safer ingredients.


To complete the survey, or to view and search ChemView, visit:


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