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An ordinance approved by the Cook County Board will require businesses that store hazardous chemicals such as acids, solvents and other highly toxic chemicals to report the type and location of the chemicals and how they are stored.
The information collected will be kept by the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and will be available to first responders.
“We’re taking an important step in preserving the health and safety of our first responders, as well as of our residents who live near businesses and other facilities that store hazardous chemicals,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.
“Currently first responders have limited access to this type of information” Gene Ryan, the director of planning with the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said. “The collaboration between Environmental Control and DHSEM fills a huge gap that is proactive and forward thinking.”
Also supporting the ordinance was Raymond Kay, intelligence specialist for the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System of Illinois, a statewide mutual aid cooperative that includes all fire departments within Cook County. Kay said having access to critical site data before an incident occurs allows local fire departments to develop a plan of operations based on facts. “It allows responders to more quickly resolve the emergency, which means residents are safer, property is protected and the environment isn’t negatively impacted.
For more information, visit: http://www.cookcountyil.gov/2015/12/16/hazardous-liquid-waste-to-get-additional-attention-from-cook-county/
A Message from the President
I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability. We are working not only to boost sustainability practices throughout County government, but also to join forces with local governments, nonprofits and business, to accomplish more than we could separately in making each of Cook County’s communities sustainable. To further this work, I appointed Deborah Stone as the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, and as Director of the Department of Environmental Control. I also recognize that Cook County needs to share ideas and collaborate with a diverse group of community leaders and sustainability experts. In March 2012, I appointed the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council to help lift our vision higher and give us access to best practices. You can meet the Council members and read more about their mission in the “Advisory Council” section of this website. Toni Preckwinkle,Cook County Board President
What is Sustainability?
" Ensuring that there is enough for today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."Deborah StoneChief Sustainability Officer, Cook County Government
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