Pollutants around the Home

Private sewage systems/septic tanks

The Illinois Department of Public Health produces a number of fact sheets about private sewage systems. U.S. EPA’s Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems provides information about septic system maintenance.

Asbestos

The Illinois EPA is delegated authority by the USEPA to enforce the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). NESHAP regulates asbestos during demolition and renovation of structures, including farm structures. A Notification of Demolition and Renovation Form must be submitted to the Agency for all demolition or renovation activities if the amount of regulated asbestos containing material exceeds 160 square feet or 260 linear feet.

Private Wells

The Illinois Department of Public Health provides a variety of fact sheets about private wells. U.S. EPA’s web page, Private Drinking Water Wells, offers information about testing and protecting private wells.

Household Hazardous Waste

The Illinois EPA coordinates one-day household hazardous waste collections each year in the spring and fall. The Illinois EPA seeks and encourages communities or organizations to cosponsor household hazardous collection events. Collections are scheduled on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the greatest convenience of working families. Citizens are asked to bring harsh chemical cleaners, paints, thinners, antifreeze, weed killers, insecticides and pesticides, and similar hazardous household products. Explosives, propane tanks, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, agricultural chemicals and business wastes are not accepted. View a complete list of household hazardous wastes that are and are not accepted at one-day collections.