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 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!
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.
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
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