Category Archives: Mahomet Aquifer

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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!

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Morton Hearing at NEW LOCATION

The public hearing where the US EPA will hear your comments about the Sole Source Aquifer designation has moved. The meeting in Morton on May 14 will now be at the Best Western Ashland House Hotel,  201 E Ashland St.  Morton, IL. The Champaign meeting remains the same on May 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign, IL.  An informational meeting will begin both nights at 6:30 p.m. and the comment portion of the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oral and written comments will be accepted at these public hearings. Plan now to attend and show the US EPA your concern for the Mahomet Aquifer!

 

Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day. Celebrate by taking action to protect our water! Support Sole Source Aquifer designation by the US EPA – submit your comments and attend the public hearings May 13 and May 14. You can sign the petition or send your comments to the EPA. More information on how to do this at SSA info page. Take steps today to save our water for tomorrow!

World Water Day

3/22/14 is World Water Day. How secure is your water? We need to protect and preserve our valuable sources of clean water, and create a sustainability plan to ensure it for our children’s children. When we look at the scarcity of water worldwide it makes our Mahomet Aquifer just that much more precious. This resource deserves every layer of protection we can devise. Conserve and protect this amazing, irreplaceable water source!

See how World Water Day 2014 is being recognized across the globe and explore the water-food-energy connection. http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/home/en/ 

You can support the US EPA Sole Source Aquifer designation with your comments now and attend public hearings May 13 and 14. See the US EPA information on their website at http://www.epa.gov/r5water/gwdw/mahomet/index.htm

Support Sole Source EPA Petition

The US EPA has opened the public comment period for the Sole Source Aquifer petition. See our Support EPA Sole Source Approval page for details on the public hearings and how to submit your comment. Please support this important step to protect the Mahomet Aquifer! It really is our sole source of water in Central Illinois.

Check out this video!

It’s only  a minute long, but check out this exceptional YouTube video from  some of the many community leaders that care deeply about the future of the Mahomet Aquifer. We must have a far-reaching plan to preserve this valuable Central Illinois resource.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZq7EGr1Q0Q

McLean County Aquifer Summit

Wow, what a great day! It’s energizing to hear our elected officials express their commitment to protecting our valuable water supply in the Mahomet Aquifer. Thanks to State Sen. Mike Frerichs, State Rep. Dan Brady, mayors Laurel Prussing (Urbana), Chris Koos (Normal), Tari Renner (Bloomington), Don Gerard (Champaign), county board chairs Al Kurtz (Champaign), Sherrie Brown (DeWitt), Matt Sorensen (McLean) for taking time from your busy schedules to participate today. Your interest is noted and appreciated! Special thanks to the town of Normal and the city of Bloomington for sponsoring this event. A more complete wrap-up of the day will be posted soon, along with video links and contact information.

Mahomet Aquifer Summit

Meeting to discuss potential risks to the Mahomet Aquifer at a summit meeting in Normal, Il, on 2/22/14: The town of Normal and city of Bloomington are hosting a summit to address the latest issues concerning the placement of a toxic PCB waste dump site over the Mahomet Aquifer in Central Illinois. The Area Disposal landfill near Clinton continues to seek a special US EPA permit to accept the higher concentrations of PCB’s in their municipal solid waste landfill. The meeting will also update the status of the Sole Source Aquifer Designation application. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Uptown Station in Normal. In addition to engineering and legal discussions,  citizen advocates and elected officials will also participate in the summit. See you there!

Why take the risk?

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?

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2014-01-19/tom-kacich-why-risk-polluting-our-aquifer.html

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.