2. Dedicated website that was updated in 2004, for up-to-date information about air
quality, cleantheair.org. This website receives approximately 300,000 hits each
3. Hiring an actor in costume to portray Breathe Easy Man at approximately 20
festivals and events, and news shows throughout the Chicago-land area, carrying
the clean air message especially to children.
4. Providing giveaways to promote clean air featuring Breathe Easy Man, including
temporary tattoos, coloring books, bookmarks, posters and other educational
5. Blast fax and e-mail services to notify the media, PFCA and interested citizens of
Air Pollution Action Day declaration.
Illinois EPA’s public education efforts have also increased public awareness of
actions that individuals can take to reduce ozone formation on Air Pollution Action
Days. The Illinois EPA will continue to co-sponsor the Green Pays on Green Days
educational program with the PCFA organization in FY05 as resources allow.
b. Title V Program Implementation –
[Note: This program is not part of the Illinois EPA work plan for grant purposes,
however, this program is a priority for both the Illinois EPA and U.S. EPA and a
considerable amount of resources have been committed to administering this vital
This element of the Clean Air program includes the significant permitting activities
required by the Clean Air Act. The primary focus in FY04 was to continue to issue all
initial or first generation CAAPP permits. Illinois EPA came close to achieving that
commitment, issuing all but the most controversial permits (about 22) where notice,
hearing and opportunity to comment were provided, but public objection continues.
Illinois EPA staff is attempting to address the points of concern and hopes to issue the
remaining permits late in 2004
As stated earlier, Illinois EPA formally committed to issue all initial CAAPP permits by
December 1, 2003, and met all interim milestones. We are moving to issue the remaining
22 initial permits by mid June 2005. Illinois EPA continues to ensure that issuance of
CAAPP permits receives high priority.
We also continue to participate in and track the development by U.S. EPA of revisions to
the New Source Review Program, amendments to Part 70, and other related actions.
These actions will be fully evaluated prior to seeking amendments to the state program.
c. Air Toxics –As of February 2004, U.S. EPA had promulgated all of the remaining
MACT standards with two exceptions, Hazardous Waste Combustors and Electrical
Utilities. Illinois continues to be an active participant in the implementation of MACT
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