The DeWitt County Board placed the following referendum on the November ballot by unanimous vote:
“Are you in favor of the permitting of a Chemical Waste Landfill located in DeWitt County over the Mahomet Aquifer?”
If you live in DeWitt County, IL make sure you are registered to vote in the November election and let your voice be heard!
We do not need a chemical waste landfill in Central Illinois or anywhere else. There are technologies available to dispose of these poisonous wastes permanently instead of simply dumping them in a hole in the ground, potentially threatening a valuable water source. Say NO to old, environmentally unsustainable solutions like landfills and let your representatives know you support solutions that leave a healthier environment for our children and our children’s children.
The US Environmental Protection Agency said it will not proceed with a determination on the Clinton Landfill PCB permit application, according to the Champaign News-Gazette. They cite the recent permit modification by the IEPA that denies acceptance of PCB cleanups at the landfill as the reason. The USEPA website has updated its technical documents list with items from the Illinois EPA and the DeWitt County Board supporting this. Check it out:
The News-Gazette article 8/13/14
USEPA document from IEPA
USEPA document from DeWitt County Board
WILL online news reports in addition to banning PCB and MGP waste from coming into the Clinton landfill, past MGP waste delivery manifests from the Clinton landfill will be examined to see if what is already there needs to be removed. Check it out for yourself! Quinn Expands Landfill Ban
Gov. Pat Quinn has directed the Illinois EPA to block PCBs from being dumped at the Clinton Landfill. The governor’s office says that because the original siting for Area Disposal/Clinton Landfill, Inc. specifically disallowed the poisonous PCBs, the IEPA can now modify the landfill’s permit to keep them out of the Clinton Landfill which sits over the Mahomet Aquifer in DeWitt County. Check out this news article from WILLradio.TV.online: Quinn Orders State EPA to Bar PCB’s from Clinton Landfill
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.