Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Illinois Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund Council
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2018 FY 2017
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund $ 2,462.1 0.0 $ 2,146.8 0.0
Totals $ 2,462.1 0.0 $ 2,146.8 0.0

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative
The Illinois Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund was established by the Illinois legislature in 1997, in response to requests by operators of retail drycleaning facilities to have financial resources to pay for the cleanup of spills and/or releases from their drycleaning machines and solvent storage units. The Fund consists of three primary programs: a licensing program, an insurance program, and a remedial program. The licensing program is mandatory for all retail drycleaning facilities in Illinois. The annual license fee ranges from $1,500 to $5,000, based upon the amount of drycleaning solvent purchased at the drycleaning facility. The insurance program provides up to $500,000 in pollution liability insurance to pay for the cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination caused by a future spill or release of drycleaning solvent at the insured’s facility. A $10,000 deductible applies to each incident. The remedial program pays for cleanup of existing soil and groundwater contamination caused by the spillage or release of drycleaning solvents. This covers contamination discovered after July 1, 1997 and prior to June 30, 2006. The fund is financed primarily by: (1) the annual license fee on active drycleaning facilities; (2) a solvent fee tax charged on each gallon of drycleaning solvent purchased; and (3) insurance premiums for pollution liability insurance coverage.