Last Thursday (April 16, 2015) the Illinois House voted 104-10 to pass HB 1326, protecting the Mahomet Aquifer from possible contamination from toxic waste. This bill prohibits Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) waste and Polychlorinated Biphenal (PCB) waste above certain levels from being dumped where it could contaminate the aquifer. The house bill, introduced by Rep. Carol Ammons, was then forwarded to the Illinois Senate with sponsor Sen. Scott M. Bennett, who introduced a similar bill there in February. (SB 1698) The House bill is scheduled to be read in the Senate April 21. Thanks to all of our Springfield representatives and senators who have supported the efforts to protect our Sole Source Aquifer.
Clean, available water is a vital part of sustainable living. Visit our booth at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center in Bloomington this Saturday for the latest information on efforts to protect and preserve the Mahomet Aquifer. Celebrate the successes of the year and see what you can do to continue to protect this valuable resource for Central Illinois. The ISLWE will be open Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free for the event. It’s all about Creating Healthy Communities, with exhibitions, live music, and workshops with ideas for greener, healthier living.
For more information on the event, visit the ISLWE website.