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.
A Mahomet Aquifer Summit meeting will be held in Monticello Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. until noon at the Allerton Public Library. Topics will include the upcoming referendum concerning chemical waste in the Clinton Landfill, Sole Source Designation status update, other legal challenges to protect the aquifer and citizen action opportunities. In addition, area public officials will share comments on protecting this valuable source of clean water for Central Illinois.
The library is located at 201 N. State St., Monticello, across from the Post Office. Join other concerned citizens as we work together to protect our only source of clean water.
A community meeting focused on ways to protect the Mahomet Aquifer is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11. The meeting will take place at the Vespasian Warner Library from 10 a.m. until noon. The meeting will include discussions on current legal procedures, an advisory referendum that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot and opportunities to take action locally and regionally. If you use the Mahomet Aquifer or care about protecting this valuable water resource then this is your community meeting!
What a great weekend at the Clinton Apple & Pork Festival! We talked to hundreds of people concerned about protecting the Mahomet Aquifer, and gathered hundreds of signatures on petitions asking Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the USEPA to take action to protect our sole source of water for over 750,000 people in Central Illinois. A huge thanks to Champaign County Healthcare Consumers, Sierra Club, and WATCH for their help creating a successful event.
Be sure to visit our tent this weekend at the Apple & Pork Festival in Clinton, IL. We will be located on the city square Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Get your yard sign while you’re here!
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
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