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If any of the following proposed regulations impact your business, let us know!   Click here to submit comments on how the proposed rulemakings will impact your business or industry.   

Following are  proposed rules of possible interest to small businesses published in the Illinois Register.  During the comment period, individuals have an opportunity to express their support or opposition to the rule.  To submit comments or to learn more about the proposed rules, contact Katy Khayyat at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Business Information Center via e-mail at  or call 800.252.2923 or 217.785.8020. 

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The following regulation will impact businesses that use or emit the affected chemicals that are proposed for deletion from the definition of VOM:


The Pollution Control Board proposed amendments to Definitions and General Provisions (35 IAC 211; 41 Ill. Reg. 10397); Docket R17-11) and Air Quality Standards (35 IAC 243; 41 Ill. Reg. 10422; Docket R17-10) implementing recent changes to USEPA air pollution regulations.  The Part 211 amendment updates the list of chemical compounds that are excluded from the definition of volatile organic material or volatile organic compound.  Amendments to Part 243 implement updates to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards adopted by USEPA between 7/1/16 and 6/16/17.  PCB will hold public hearings (linked by videoconference) on both rulemakings Thursday, September 21, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 11-512, James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, and in the PCB Hearing Room, Sangamo Building (IEPA headquarters), 1021 N. Grand Avenue, in Springfield.


Bottom Line:  The Changes to Part 211 are summarized below.  The R17-11 proceeding relates to the listings of compounds exempted from the State definition of "volatile organic material" (VOM) or "volatile organic compound" (VOC) in 35 Ill Adm. Code 211.7150 of the Illinois air pollution control rules. This amendment would update the definition of to correspond with an amendment to the corresponding definition of VOC at 40 CFR 51.100(s) that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) adopted during the period July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.  USEPA added one hydrofluoroether compound to (81 Fed. Reg. 50330) the list of chemical species excluded from the federal definition of VOC.  The Board deviated from the literal text of the USEPA amendment by adding the alternative designation "HFE-347pcf2" and the CAS registry number 406-78-0 to the listing. The Board further amended segments of text to correct errors in Definition of VOM Update, USEPA Amendments (January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016), R17-2 (Jan. 19, 2017).  Tables appear in a document entitled "Identical-in-Substance Rulemaking Addendum (Proposed)" (IIS-RA(P)) that the Board added to docket R17-11 which list numerous corrections and revisions that are not based on current federal amendments. The tables contain deviations from the literal text of the federal amendment underlying this amendment, as well as corrections and clarifications that the Board made in the base text involved. Persons interested in the details of those corrections and amendments should refer to the IIS-RA(P) in docket R17-11.  Section 9.1(e) of the Environmental Protection Act [415 ILCS 5/9.1(e)] provides that Section 5-35 of the Administrative Procedure Act [5 ILCS 100/5-35] does not apply to this rulemaking. Because these rulemakings are not subject to Section 5-35 of the APA, it is not subject to First Notice or Second Notice review by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).


Persons interested in the details of Part 241 should refer to the IIS-RA(P) in Docket R-17-10 Section 9.1(e) of the Environmental Protection Act [415 ILCS 5/9.1(e)] provides that Section 5-35 of the Administrative Procedure Act [5 ILCS 100/5-35] does not apply to this rulemaking.


For request for copies/comments on the two proposed rulemakings, contact Don A. Brown, PCB, 100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 11-500, Chicago, IL 60601, or call (312) 814-3620.  For questions contact Michael J. McCambridge, same address, (312) 814-6924 or email  Please reference the relevant docket numbers in comments.  Copies of the Board’s opinion and order are also available at     You may also click here to submit comments to the Department of Commerce Office of Regulatory Flexibility.