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.