Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Illinois Increases Enforcement and Penalties For Illegal Dumping of Solid Wastes

On August 10, 2011, the State of Illinois passed a law that increased enforcement and fines associated with illegal dumping. The new law provides for increased penalties for dumping more than 250 cubic feet of waste or 50 waste tires, and makes it a Class 4 felony. It also increases the felony penalty for open dumping from $5,000 to $25,000.

Previously, the penalty for a first violation of the open dumping prohibition was a Class A misdemeanor, regardless of the quantity of waste dumped.

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