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 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.