Monthly Archives: May 2014

People wait in line to express support of SSA to EPA

Hundreds Attend Sole Source Hearing

The US EPA Sole Source Aquifer public hearing in Champaign was standing room only – about 300 people attended and many private citizens and public officials shared their support of EPA action to protect the only water source for most of Central Illinois.  People stood in line to express their support and concerns about the aquifer. William Spaulding, the Sole Source Aquifer Coordinator for US EPA Region 5, presented information about the US EPA plans to designate portions of the Mahomet Aquifer system in east-central Illinois as a sole source aquifer prior to the 2 hour public comment section of the meeting. The crowd was vocal in its support of measures needed to protect this invaluable source of clean water. You can make your comment part of the official record by sending it to the US EPA by June 12, 2014.

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Mahomet Aquifer Map

Support SSA at Hearings!

Express your support for the Mahomet Aquifer Sole Source Aquifer designation at two public hearings this week. The first meeting is Tuesday in Champaign and the second is Wednesday in Morton. Informational sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and public comments will be heard from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Written/email comments will be accepted by the US EPA until June 12, 2014. Let your voice be heard!

Find more information at http://mahometaquifer.org/sole-source-aquifer-public-hearings/ 

Mahomet Aquifer Map

U of I Research on PCB Disposal Announced

Important Project to Find Alternate PCB Waste Disposal Methods!

Illinois Senator Chapin Rose announced today at the University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute a collaborative effort to find alternative ways to dispose of waste contaminated with PCB’s. The institute will begin a research project aimed at keeping these toxic chemicals out of landfills and finding an environmentally sustainable method to dispose of them. This is a collaboration between state, federal and U of I  resources to address this important issue. The initiative received support from Sen. Rose, Sen. Mike Frerichs, Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis and U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin . The stated goal of the project, “protection of the Mahomet Aquifer from PCB threat,” is a result of the ongoing work being done by Rose’s Mahomet Aquifer Working Group to address potential problems with having a landfill situated directly over the Mahomet Aquifer. Rose said the aim of the project is to research the alternate methods available and to find a “win-win” answer to the problem of PCB-contaminated sites. The solution needed is to find a permanent way to dispose of the cleanup waste instead of just moving it from one hole in the ground to another, especially a hole that is over the main water source for Central Illinois. This is an important step in addressing a critical issue for the state of Illinois. Thank you Sen. Rose for spearheading this important project!