Chicago Police DepartmentSpecial Order S04-26-01
Illegal Disposal of Industrial Wastes
Issue Date:22 February 1990Effective Date:22 February 1990
Index Category:Preliminary Investigations
This directive informs Department members of an amendment to the Illinois Revised Statutes pertaining to illegal disposal of industrial wastes.
II.Relevant Statute
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, formerly known as the Metropolitan Sanitary District, has requested the Departments support in prohibiting the illegal disposal of industrial wastes into local sewer systems or waters in the metropolitan area. Discharges of concentrated wastes adversely affect the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District operations and inhibit the effectiveness of their processes. This results in increased maintenance and operating costs, and poses a threat to public health.
IV.Enforcement and Reporting Procedures
  • A.Department members should be alert for any discharge of industrial wastes into open manholes or from vehicles. Tank trucks and other scavenger vehicles are often used in illegal disposal operations. Officers observing such activities should see that the discharge is stopped immediately. Offenders will be placed under arrest, and arresting officers are to contact the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District System Dispatching Switchboard. This switchboard is manned on a 24 hour basis, and will dispatch field personnel to the scene. Responding Water Reclamation District Pollution Control officers will sign complaints and collect samples of the waste material. These samples will be analyzed at the Water Reclamation District laboratory for use as evidence. The arresting officer will seize the mobile equipment under 720 ILCS 5/36-1. The department of Streets and Sanitation, Towing Bureau will be contacted, whenever the seizure of mobile or portable equipment requires a licensed machine operator to safely remove the equipment to the appropriate Auto Pound.
    Department members should avoid physical contact with industrial wastes, as acids and other harmful chemicals are often contained in such substances. Any necessary handling of waste materials should be done by Pollution Control Officers who are trained and equipped for such activities.
  • B.A Miscellaneous Incident Exception Report (CPD-11.419), in duplicate, will be complete for each bone fide incident. District review officers will forward one copy of environmental control or pollution related Miscellaneous Incident Exception reports to the Department of Buildings.
LeRoy Martin
Superintendent of Police
89-123 RM (FRC)