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French children throw balloons during a D-Day commemoration ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Transportation Memorial in Picauville, France, June 1, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo /Senior Aviator Devin Boyer) PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Before launching ceremonial balloons into the sky, experts say it`s important to know the environmental impact and danger that will be left behind. “There have been major power outages at thousands of customers as a result of these balloon launches that got tangled up in high-voltage lines,” Yingling said. The proposal makes it illegal to release more than 50 balloons, as it is harmful to both the environment and infrastructure. Officials introduced House Bill 0418 to amend the Environmental Protection Act to clarify that “no person may knowingly release, cause or organize the release of balloons into the air.” They researched the problem of the discarded balloon and then met with state Representative Sam Yingling via Zoom. But now state officials are trying to make it illegal to keep them — and violating the proposed law would mean paying a $500 fine. SPRINGFIELD, Ill.

(WTVO) — A new bill that goes through the Illinois House of Representatives could make it illegal to release a large amount of balloons outside. In response to readers` complaints about the release of long-running balloons at the Indianapolis 500 auto race, IndyStar tested balloons that, according to race control, were completely biodegradable and therefore posed minimal risk to animals. The newspaper found that even though some of the balloons were dismantled, they still posed a risk to wildlife. Necked crane to follow a group of colorful balloons that have been released, each appearing as a smaller and smaller dot as it floats up and down. “This year I found about eight or nine balloons in the lake and of course they`re very dangerous for fish,” Wild said. The material used to make the balloons poses a serious risk to bottom animals and especially to fish. The Illinois Committee on Energy and the Environment approved the bill Monday, saying plastic and rubber balloons can be harmful to animals and the environment. The group`s website includes a page with “eco-friendly alternatives” to hot air balloon rides for special occasions, such as planting a tree or garden, hanging a reusable flag or banner, displaying wind turbines, or blowing bubbles.

“They don`t just sink to the bottom of the lake. They go everywhere,” said Albergo, who speaks of emptied balloons, which most likely come from vigils where loved ones are commemorated by sending positive vibrations to heaven. “When people lose control of these balloons and come into contact with our lines, it can lead to significant breakdowns for our customers. This can cause a flashover and cause our equipment to fail,” said Kevin Young of Ameren Illinois. Balloon triggers often mark birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions. “Obviously, there are significant environmental impacts and there are also significant impacts on infrastructure when these balloons land,” Yingling told The Pantagraph. “Not only are they dangerous to our habitat, but they also complicate our rainwater system and water systems.” In addition to environmental and animal welfare advocates, Ayers said legislation regulating balloon releases could also get support from groups such as utilities, as balloons can be caught in power lines, and even farmers. Ayers mentioned a story posted online by a Wisconsin farmer whose cattle tried to eat balloon ropes that ended up in hay barrels. When ingested, Ayers said the ropes can wrap around a cow`s stomach, causing gastrointestinal problems or even killing the animal.

Last year, Clemson University ended a 30-year tradition of releasing thousands of orange balls before football games after coming under pressure from environmental and animal rights groups. (Jason A G/Flickr) These concerns extend from the lake to the land. Girl Scout Troop 41418 collected balloon debris around Grayslake and Gurnee as part of a Silver Award project. It is for every offence. An offence is defined as “releasing 50 balloons or less at a time”. “You can really look like something edible to a fish or an aquatic animal and that animal would then eat the balloon and it could get stuck in its guts,” Shoemaker said. “That plastic, mylar or rubber doesn`t break down when it comes out of your hands. So these balloons go up and end up going down somewhere,” said Kristi Shoemaker, chief naturalist at the Forest Park Nature Center Whether it`s honoring a loved one or celebrating a special occasion, releasing balloons has become a way to mark an important day, but experts say what goes up, has to go down.

The balloon bill has already passed the Illinois House of Representatives. It`s a common scene associated with graduation parties, birthdays, sporting events, and other celebrations. And no matter how many times you`ve experienced a balloon outing, it`s hard to ignore such a graceful and carefree trip. Balloon releases would continue to be permitted for higher education and for scientific or meteorological purposes. House Bill 418, introduced by Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, would impose a $500 fine for first offences if balloons are knowingly left in the atmosphere, as in the case of celebrations and special events. A recent analysis by the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes revealed more than 18,000 balloons or pieces of balloons along the Great Lakes coast between 2016 and 2018, the Detroit Free Press reported. To delve deeper into the problem, a graduate student at the University of Michigan`s School for Environment and Sustainability created a website where anyone can report balloon debris discoveries along the Great Lakes. Efforts to ban balloon releases have met with opposition from the Balloon Council, a trade group that represents balloon manufacturers, traders and traders. The organization advocates “smart balloon practices,” but has raised concerns that bans on balloon release could result in a total ban on balloons.

Illinois lawmakers and environmentalists continue to push to burst the bubble over balloon releases in the state. MP Sam Yingling introduced the bill. He said he hoped it would “prevent the organized release of large quantities of these balloons.” CBS 2 asked Yingling for his message to grieving families who prefer a balloon outlet. Concerns about balloon pollution on the East Coast and other areas have led five U.S. states — California, Connecticut, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia — to enact laws regulating the deliberate release of balloons. A number of cities have also passed regulations banning balloon releases, including Baltimore, San Francisco, and Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier this year, House Bill 418 was introduced, which would make it illegal to drop 50 or more balloons in Illinois. The bill did not become law in the last Parliament. Although some types of balloons are marketed as biodegradable, it can take months or even years before they disintegrate. House Bill 418 would include balloon releases such as ceremonial gatherings such as weddings, funerals and birthday parties, and violations could result in a $500 fine. House Bill 0418 seeks to amend the Environmental Protection Act by stipulating that “no one may knowingly release, cause or organize the release of balloons into the air.” Exceptions are those used by a college or government agency “for scientific or meteorological purposes in good faith.” Balloons can also be released – and stay inside according to the bill. Any person summoned is liable to a civil penalty of $500 per offence.

If passed, it will enter into force on January 1, 2022. CHICAGO (CBS) — You`ve seen the images over and over again: people gathering to mourn a death are dropping balloons like a cathartic release. “I understand the problem, but for a person in general here who doesn`t know the law to beat them with a $500 fine because they want to drop balloons because their mother died of cancer, I think it`s a bit extreme,” Mayfield said. The bill was introduced by Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Round Beach) as an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act and said it should “encourage the organized release of large amounts of. Balloons. Illinois could be one of the next states to take action. Marc Ayers, director of the Humane Society of the United States in Illinois, said a handful of state lawmakers are considering supporting legislation to combat the wildlife and environmental impacts caused by balloons. “I appreciate the vibe of this legislation, I think it`s important and anything we can do to educate groups and organizations to stay away from balloon launches, I think that would be nice,” Butler said. If there is a balloon release, it should be for a government agency, a college or for scientific reasons. According to the bill, the balloons must remain inside.

On the other side of the balloon board is the Florida-based balloon group Balloon Blows, which seeks to educate people about the “destructive effects that released balloons have on animals, people, and the environment.” The Illinois House of Representatives passed the bill and Rep. Sam Yingling hopes the bill will pass the Senate this fall, he recently told CBS Local.