nullSPRINGFIELD, IL – A measure passed by Senator William Haine (D – Alton) out of the Senate creates two new felony criminal offenses for toxic chemical dumping and water supply tampering.

“There is no public utility more vital and no duty of government more fundamental than providing for the security and protection of a clean, safe water supply,” Haine said.

Senate Bill 100 establishes Criminal Damage to a Public Water Supply as a Class 4 felony. The offense occurs when a person knowingly alters, damages, or tampers with the equipment or property of a public water supply or introduces a contaminant to the water system in such a quantity or quality that is deemed hazardous to health or the environment.  If convicted, the person is subject to a fine not to exceed $250,000.

Senate Bill 100 also creates a Class 2 felony of Aggravated Criminal Damage to a Public Water Supply.  A person commits this offense while having knowledge that his action places another person at risk for serious illness or creates an immediate or long-term danger to public health or the environment.  An individual convicted of this offense is subject to a fine not to exceed $500,000.

Current law holds contamination of a public water supply as a civil matter and contains no distinction between the severity or potential severity of such an offense beyond a Class A misdemeanor. Haine crafted this measure to address that issue.

“To threaten or contaminate a resource so imperative to our daily lives is certainly deserved of much greater penalties than currently on the books and this bill makes sure that the punishment fits the crime,” Haine stated.

“The goal here is not to punish a person who disposes of something improperly on a small scale or basis, but to guard against potential environmental or biological terrorism that could inflict serious harm or illness on the people of Illinois,” Haine added.

Senate Bill 100 awaits action in the House.

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