Hearing set in Monticello on Clinton landfill legislation

Hearing set in Monticello on Clinton landfill legislation

MONTICELLO — An Illinois House committee will hold a hearing in Monticello next week on legislation aimed at prohibiting the dumping of PCBs at a DeWitt County landfill.

The legislation (HB 6153), sponsored by Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, and cosponsored by Reps. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Chad Hays, R-Catlin, has been proposed as a way of protecting the Mahomet Aquifer, which lies below the Clinton Landfill. The aquifer provides drinking water for hundreds of thousands of East Central Illinois residents, including all of Champaign-Urbana.

Peoria Disposal Co., which operates the Clinton Landfill, is seeking federal EPA approval to dispose PCB — polychlorinated biphenyls — waste at the facility.

The hearing of the House Environmental Health Committee is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 16, at the Piatt County Farm Bureau, 417 Marion St., Monticello.

"Thousands of families in our local communities rely on the Mahomet Aquifer as their main source of drinking water," Rose said in a prepared statement. "Nothing is more important than ensuring it remains safe from contaminants. I encourage all local families to attend the hearing to get the latest information and to discuss steps we can take to protect the quality of our drinking water."

Jakobsson said "it is essential to protect our drinking water, not only for ourselves but for our children and grandchildren."

Jakobsson's bill currently prohibits the disposal of PCB waste or materials containing PCBs at a landfill that is less than 500 feet above an aquifer that currently provides the only source of drinking water for a community.


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alabaster jones 71 wrote on August 07, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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I don't care what their excuses are for putting it at that location, or how many times they tell us they have the water safety aspect under control.  Just put it somewhere else.  Everyone in the area who drinks tap water should be angry about this proposed landfill.

pattsi wrote on August 08, 2012 at 9:08 am

Date and time for this committee hearing probably is difficult for folks who are working. So if you have comments to share, please do so via the online source because the USEPA and ILEPA, at present, appear to have a deaf ear concerning the potential long-term problems. See instructions below.

If you are unavailable to attend but would like for the Representatives to know your group's position you are able to fill out a witness slip electronically (see link and instructions below).  The list of slips will be read at the beginning of the committee and the Chairperson of the committee will note if you are supportive of the bill or not.  These are usually reserved for organizations, not individuals.

Feel free to share this information.

Thank you and contact me if you have questions.

Angela Adams       angela.adams@ci.champaign.il.us

Links- (need to cut and paste)
Notice of hearing: http://www.ilga.gov/house/committees/hearing.asp?CommitteeID=930&GA=97

Full Bill Language: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=84&GA=97&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=6153&GAID=11&LegID=67109&SpecSess=&Session=

Witness slips- http://witnessslips.ilga.gov/Home/About
Go to link
Click on HEARINGS in the top right hand corner
Then Click on Environmental Health Hearing
You will then enter your information and check if you support the bill or not and if you plan to speak. 
**If you are supportive of preventing PCB disposal into Clinton Landfill, over the Mahomet aquifer then you are supportive of the bill.