Pollution Control on Internet State Panel Moves Services On-Line to Make Information More Timely

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Pollution control is going on-line in Illinois.

The state Pollution Control Board, which functions as a court in environmental cases, has set up a home page on the Internet.

And as of Monday, it ends the practice of providing free copies of the state Environmental Register, which helps regulated industries, law firms and environmental groups keep track of state pollution control regulations.

"Most everyone is getting hooked up to the Internet, including our subscribers," said Joseph D'Alessandro, financial officer for the Pollution Control Board.

The board has updated and added information to the home page since it was set up in September. D'Alessandro said enough information was now available on-line that the board felt it no longer needed to provide free hard copies of the Environmental Register.

Those who want to continue receiving it free must surf the Net. It can either be viewed on the Internet or downloaded. Hard copies will be available for a $20 annual fee as of Jan. 1.

In addition to the Environmental Register, the home page includes biographical information on board members, meeting schedules and agendas, pending environmental regulations, recently enacted legislation and a copy of the board's monthly newsletter.

Court rulings on board decisions, federal regulations that affect state environmental law and new cases also will be listed. …