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
Gov. Pat Quinn has instructed the Illinois EPA to take action to protect the Mahomet Aquifer from possible contamination from the Clinton Landfill in DeWitt County. Check it out here: VermillionCountyFirst
Let the US EPA and the Governor know you support protecting the Mahomet Aquifer! Sign petitions and get information at CCHCC.
Mahomet Aquifer Summit in Champaign this Saturday (7/12/14): Call to action and latest information on the efforts to protect the Mahomet Aquifer from possible contamination as a result of toxic wastes including MGP cleanups being dumped in the Clinton Landfill over the aquifer. How did this happen? What can you do to protect your water – and the water for future generations of Central Illinois families, farms and businesses? Hear from geological and legal experts, and find out what is being done and how you can help. Also, state and local elected officials will be sharing what they are doing to protect this vital source of water. The meeting, sponsored by the city of Champaign, will be held at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Also, check out this web site for information and ways to get involved: Champaign County Health Care Consumers
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.