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Bill: Green cleaning for Illinois state-owned buildings

May 28, 2009
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CHICAGO — On May 14, both Houses of the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 2437, a bill that would require every state-owned building to establish a green cleaning policy, according to a press release.
If signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn, all such facilities must purchase and use environmentally sensitive cleaning products that are in compliance with the Illinois Guidelines and Specifications for the Green Cleaning for Schools Act, the release stated.
The Illinois guidelines and specifications rely upon the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE), Green Seal and Environmental Choice in qualifying the following cleaning product categories as green: Bathroom cleaners; carpet cleaners; hand cleaners and soaps; general purpose cleaners; and glass cleaners, the release noted.
According to the release, buildings can opt-out of implementing a green cleaning program if it would not be "economically feasible" for the building.
The bill allows facilities to use all of their existing cleaning and maintenance products prior to transitioning to a green cleaning program, the release added.
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