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Gov. Quinn signs several environmental protections laws

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Three new laws were signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday in an effort to strengthen the state's environmental protections.

The first, House Bill 4986, establishes the Task Force on the Advancement of Materials Recycling. The group will review recycling and solid waste management in the state and report their findings to the General Assembly and the governor. The goal of the law is to maximize efficiency for waste management and recycling practices in the state. The bill also establishes state standards for recycling and composting. The law goes into effect on January 1.

House Bill 4496 updates state plumbing standards with green technologies and requires the Plumbing Advisory Council to submit recommendations for updated standards to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The law is effective immediately.

Governor Quinn also signed House Bill 3888, which requires all aquatic plants or animals to be removed from the exterior of any vehicle, seaplane, or watercraft in navigable Illinois waters prior to the craft being transported away from the water. The goal of this bill is to protect the state's aquatic ecosystems from invasive species. The law is effective on January 1.

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