Lack of Illinois budget could impact drivers at the pump

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O’FALLON, IL (KTVI) – The lack of a 2017 Illinois state budget could mean drivers will have to pay more for gasoline at the pump. Gas stations could be required to purchase individual liability insurance policies on each of their underground fuel storage tanks. Currently a state fund to pay for environmental cleanup is frozen because the Illinois Legislature has not yet approved a budget for the current financial year or the next year.

Illinois has not reimbursed engineering and construction firms for the work they have done since July 1 of 2015.

Environmental engineer Darrell Angleton says the fund has more than $50 million in it ready to be used to clean up contaminated soil. However without an official Illinois budget the money is not being released. Pressure from the federal EPA could prompt Illinois to require gas stations to buy their own liability insurance. A marketers association predicts that would force gas prices up by $.30 a gallon in Illinois and push more people into buying fuel in Missouri where the price is lower.

Angleton said his firm is already dealing with layoffs and cutbacks.

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