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.
2014 was an extraordinary year for aquifer protection efforts! Thanks to the municipalities, counties and groups that worked so hard to protect the Mahomet Aquifer, our sole source of water for 750,000 + people in Central Illinois. Keep up your amazing work! Families, farms and commerce depend on this valuable resource. Support your community leaders who continue to make this a top priority in 2015. cleanwater4midIL
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.
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.
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
Join others who share your concerns about protecting the quality of Central Illinois’ primary source of clean water! The Champaign County Mahomet Aquifer Summit takes place this Saturday, July 12 at the Champaign Public Library from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It’s your chance to hear from concerned citizens and community leaders about ways you can take action to protect your water.
The US EPA Sole Source Aquifer public hearing in Champaign was standing room only – about 300 people attended and many private citizens and public officials shared their support of EPA action to protect the only water source for most of Central Illinois. People stood in line to express their support and concerns about the aquifer. William Spaulding, the Sole Source Aquifer Coordinator for US EPA Region 5, presented information about the US EPA plans to designate portions of the Mahomet Aquifer system in east-central Illinois as a sole source aquifer prior to the 2 hour public comment section of the meeting. The crowd was vocal in its support of measures needed to protect this invaluable source of clean water. You can make your comment part of the official record by sending it to the US EPA by June 12, 2014.
Express your support for the Mahomet Aquifer Sole Source Aquifer designation at two public hearings this week. The first meeting is Tuesday in Champaign and the second is Wednesday in Morton. Informational sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and public comments will be heard from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Written/email comments will be accepted by the US EPA until June 12, 2014. Let your voice be heard!
Find more information at http://mahometaquifer.org/sole-source-aquifer-public-hearings/
The public hearing where the US EPA will hear your comments about the Sole Source Aquifer designation has moved. The meeting in Morton on May 14 will now be at the Best Western Ashland House Hotel, 201 E Ashland St. Morton, IL. The Champaign meeting remains the same on May 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign, IL. An informational meeting will begin both nights at 6:30 p.m. and the comment portion of the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oral and written comments will be accepted at these public hearings. Plan now to attend and show the US EPA your concern for the Mahomet Aquifer!