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Rauner OKs safety enforcement for underground gas tanks

The Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved plans for enhanced safety at underground natural gas storage facilities.

The Republican signed legislation Friday which authorizes the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to implement federal regulations for minimum safety standards.

The Natural Resources Department and the Illinois Commerce Commission will work with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to monitor tank safety.

Republican Sen. Chapin Rose of Mahomet (muh-HAH’-mit) sponsored the legislation. He says it protects the Mahomet Aquifer in east-central Illinois. It supplies drinking water for 500,000 Illinois residents.

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