Bureau of Land

The Bureau of Land protects human health and the environment by regulating the transfer, storage, and disposal of waste, and by overseeing the cleanup of contaminated properties.  The Bureau’s permitting programs regulate a wide range of waste related activities, including those involving municipal waste, landscape waste, composted material, construction and demolition debris, potentially infectious medical waste, and hazardous waste.  The Bureau provides direct financial and administrative support for the collection and disposal of hard to manage wastes such as household hazardous waste and unwanted medications.  Where possible and appropriate we support diverting materials from disposal facilities and towards re-use and recycling, including programs that address hard to recycle materials such as used tires and consumer electronics.  We regularly inspect facilities to ensure compliance with applicable standards and operating requirements.  For property that has become contaminated, we oversee cleanup to ensure it is protective of human health and the environment and provides for the safe re-use of the property.  Whether a Bureau program is aimed at preventing contamination or the reduction or elimination of existing contamination, everyone in the Bureau of Land has the same goal:  protecting people and the environment from threats posed by environmental contaminants.


On Aug 31, 2021 the Illinois Recycling Foundation (IRF) presented the 2021 Outstanding Public Sector Recycling Program Award to James Jennings, BOL Waste Reduction and Compliance Section Manager. IRF recognized James for his leadership of the Materials Management Advisory Committee (MMAC) and advocating the future of Illinois EPA as an enforcement and diversion-oriented authority. On July 1, 2021, the MMAC presented a 219-page report to state officials. The report calls for an increase in recycling and composting, and envisions the Illinois EPA authority to broaden beyond enforcement and measurement to also include grants for industry improvements and education. 

  • Amendments to Special Waste Transportation Rules. The Illinois Pollution Control Board adopted amendments to regulatory requirements applicable to the transportation of three types of special waste: hazardous waste; pollution control waste; and, industrial process waste. Effective July 20, 2020, entities that transport non-hazardous special waste are no longer required to use uniform hazardous waste manifests or U.S. EPA's electronic manifest system. These special wastes may be transported accompanied by a manifest that captures the information included on the form developed by Illinois EPA. These forms may be printed directly from Illinois EPA's website or from a third-party printer. Shipments of hazardous waste must still be accompanied by a uniform hazardous waste manifest or documentation required to utilize U.S. EPA's electronic manifest system.
  • Publications. Joshua Rhodes, a geologist in BOL's Permits Section -Groundwater Unit, recently co-authored a research paper published in the Journal of Hydrology: Paul H. Glaser, Joshua Rhoades, and Andrew S. Reeve, 2020. The hydraulic conductivity of peat with respect to scaling, botanical composition, and greenhouse gas transport: Mini-aquifer tests from the Red Lake Peatland, Minnesota. The paper details aquifer tests conducted on bog landforms in the Red Lake Peatland of northern Minnesota to determine the fine-scale distribution of hydraulic conductivity within a large (>900 m3) model domain. Test results were used to calibrate a three-dimensional groundwater model with the aid of parameter estimation analysis. The model results indicated vertically continuous zones of high or low hydraulic conductivity value in contrast to the horizontal bedding planes and increasing degree of decomposition with depth. The hydraulic conductivity distribution suggests different modes of methane gas transport that either locally dilate or partially block pores in the peat. In addition, the tests and modelling results provide new insight on a conceptual model linking hydraulic conductivity to the development of all large (>20 km2) forested bog complexes in mid-continental boreal North America.
  • Management Appointments

    • Mohammed Rahman, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks Section Manager (10/01/2020)
    • Paul Eisenbrandt, Field Operations Section Manager (10/16/2020)
    • Jeron Schultz, Remedial Project Management Section Manager (01/01/2021)
    • Thomas Rivera, Northern (Rockford & DesPlaines) Regional Manager (04/01/2021)
    • Chris Cahnovsky, Southern (Collinsville & Marion) Regional Manager (04/01/2021)
    • Sunil Suthar, Central (Champaign, Peoria, & Springfield) Regional Manager (10/01/2021)
  • Management Retirements

    • John Richardson, Field Operations Section Manager (12/31/2020)
    • Todd Marvel, Springfield Regional Manager (12/31/2020)
    • David Retzlaff, Rockford Regional Manager (12/31/2020)
  • Potentially Infectious Medical Waste (PIMW) Regulations. On December 3, 2020, the Illinois Pollution Control Board ("Board") issued a final opinion and order amending its regulations on handling PIMW. Specifically, the Board amended its definition of "Class 4 etiologic agent", which bears on the definition of PIMW. The amendments add four viral agents to the "Class 4 etiologic agent" definition: Guanarito Virus; Sabia; Ebola Virus; and, Equine Morbillivirus. The adopted rules took effect on December 3, 2020. The rulemaking is captioned, Amendments to Definition of "Class 4 etiologic agent", 35 Ill. Adm. Code 1420.102, docket R2020-017.

Clarence Smith, former manager of the Federal Site Remediation Section, received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO). Clarence was involved in ASTSWMO for more than 25 years, including serving as Chair of the Base Closure Focus Group and Chair of the Federal Facilities Subcommittee. Through his work with ASTSWMO, and several other forums, Clarence was involved in numerous national conversations among states, U.S. EPA, and the Department of Defense on topics including CERCLA, the Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites, Defense and State Memorandums of Agreement, and Federal Facilities. He is the third Illinois EPA staff member to receive this award.

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James Jennings, manager of the Waste Reduction and Compliance Section, was named 2020 "Mentor of the Year" in the University of Illinois-Springfield's Graduate Public Internship program, receiving the Sagarika Madala Award for Exemplary Leadership.


  • Approval of the Pharmaceutical Rule. In September 2020, the Illinois Pollution Control Board adopted U.S EPA's RCRA Subpart P amendments, which changed the standards applicable to healthcare facilities and reverse distributors that generate or handle hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Transporters that handle hazardous waste pharmaceuticals are subject to the existing standards applicable to transporting hazardous waste. The amendments only govern hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, so entities that generate or handle non-hazardous pharmaceuticals are not impacted by this rule. Resources for entities that generate or manage hazardous waste pharmaceuticals are available from U.S. EPA here
  • Aerosol Cans as Universal Waste. Effective September 3, 2020, aerosol cans are added to the list of Universal Waste. An "aerosol can" is defined as a non-refillable receptacle containing a gas that is compressed, liquified, or dissolved under pressure, the sole purpose of which is to expel a liquid, paste, or powder, and fitted with a self-closing release device allowing the gas to eject the contents. 
  • Generator Re-notification Requirements. A Small Quantity Generator (SQG) must re-notify U.S. EPA starting in 2021 and every 4 years thereafter using U.S. EPA Form 8700-12. The SQG must submit this re-notification by September 1 of each year in which re-notification is required. The first re-notification is due by September 21, 2021. SQGs that notify between September 1, 2017 and September 1, 2021 will not have to re-notify prior to that date. A Large Quantity Generator (LQG) must re-notify U.S. EPA by March 1 of each even-numbered year using U.S. EPA Form 8700-12. A LQG may submit this re-notification as part of its annual report, required by Section 722.141 (722.118(d)(2)). 

Bureau of Land Management

Kyle Rominger - Chief

Greg Dunn - Deputy Chief


Paul Eisenbrandt - Field Operations Section Manager

James Jennings - Waste Reduction and Compliance Section 

Paul Lake - Federal Site Remediation Section

Jeron Schultz - Remedial Project Management Section

Kenn Smith - Permits Section Manager

Mohammed Rahman - Leaking Underground Storage Tank Section

Jerry Willman - Office of Site Evaluation Manager