(a) Beginning January 1, 1990, any person may submit to the Agency a plan which proposes to achieve toxic pollution prevention through the use of an innovative production process involving a new application of technology or a combination of existing technologies that have not previously been implemented together. Such plan shall describe the innovative production process, the expected benefits, and the proposed implementation schedule. The plan shall also describe any potential problems that might occur under the plan with respect to compliance with State environmental laws or regulations pertaining to the release or disposal of toxic substances.
     (b) The Agency shall concur with a proposed toxic pollution prevention innovation plan if the owner or operator of the affected facility demonstrates to the Agency that:

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 415 ILCS 85/6

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     (1) the proposed process will be effective in toxic pollution prevention;
     (2) the proposed process will achieve at least the level of toxic pollution prevention of other available processes; and
     (3) the proposed process is not reasonably expected to have any significant adverse effect on public health or the environment in the course of its operation, function or malfunction.     If the Agency does not concur with the proposed plan, the Agency shall provide the owner or operator with a written statement of the reasons for its refusal to concur, and the owner or operator may modify the plan or submit a new plan for review.
     (c) The Agency shall consider any potential compliance problems that are identified during the review process. To the extent feasible under applicable law and consistent with prudent environmental practices, the Agency shall make every reasonable effort to accommodate a proposed process with which it has concurred. Such accommodation may include, without limitation, the following:
     (1) expedited coordination and processing of any applicable permit applications;
     (2) cooperation, as appropriate, with any request for an applicable variance, adjusted standard or site-specific standard pursuant to the Environmental Protection Act; and
     (3) appropriate technical assistance to avoid or eliminate any potential compliance problems resulting from the proposed process.
     (d) The Agency shall establish rules and procedures for concurring with toxic pollution prevention innovation plans within one year after the effective date of this Act. Under such rules and procedures, the Agency shall make a final determination within 120 days after receiving a proposed plan. Any such concurrence shall be for a period not exceeding 2 years.
     (e) The Agency shall monitor the implementation and effectiveness of any toxic pollution prevention innovation plan that is implemented under this Section. The Agency may use monies from the Environmental Protection Permit and Inspection Fund to implement this Section.