Dougherty is now seeking a solution in the next legislative session that would mandate a 10-ft. setback rule. GEO has the support of JCAR member Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-32nd District) and the enabling legislation’s original sponsor, Sen. Mike Tryon (R-64th District). He agrees that the rule’s 50’ setback is “ridiculous.” Tryon has promised to either find a sponsor or carry the bill for GEO. Background on the issue is best explained by GEO’s Oct. 17 follow-up to comments sent to JCAR in September:
“GEO is the national trade association representing the geothermal heat pump industry. Our members represent thousands of employees—many in Illinois—who provide a technology that both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy say is the most efficient method to satisfy the thermal loads of buildings.