There are many questions about how to best protect and preserve the Mahomet Aquifer, but when it comes to an irreplaceable water source for 750,000 people and businesses in 14 counties I think this article says it all: Why risk it?
Thank you to Tom Kacich of The News-Gazette for your thoughtful approach to the many issues facing Central Illinois about the issue of dumpling toxic, hazardous substances like PCB’s over our water.
The Illinois Attorney General announced today that she is appealing the ruling from the Illinois Pollution Control Board regarding the permitting of a chemical waste landfill at Clinton Landfill, Inc. in DeWitt County. Here is the press release from the AG’s office. http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/pressroom/2014_01/20140116.html
The announcement has been published coast to coast, from South Carolina to California. This article is from Belleville, Il. http://www.bnd.com/2014/01/16/3008342/ill-ag-appeals-order-on-toxic.html
Protecting this valuable source of clean water is important to everyone!
Clean water issues just won’t go away. Last week a chemical leak in the Elk River of West Virginia left hundreds of thousands of people without water for days.
Check out this article from The Christian Science Monitor for more about this water emergency: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2014/0113/West-Virginia-chemical-spill-end-of-water-ban-in-sight-but-questions-linger-video
And it doesn’t end there – the contaminated water continued to move through the Ohio River and caused problems in Cincinnati where they closed the water intake valves to avoid the chemical contamination. Schools, businesses and even the legislature shut down during this event. Just today they opened the water valves again. http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20140116/NEWS01/301160065/Spill-has-moved-river-intake-valves-open
The only “cleanup” that appears to have been available is time and dilution as it travels through the nation’s river system.