Monticello OKs design engineering for wastewater plant

MONTICELLO — Council members took a step toward construction of a new wastewater treatment plant by approving a contract with Fehr-Graham Engineering to perform design engineering services for the new facility, estimated to cost $8.5 million.

The $491,492 contract will get the project ready to bid, hopefully by next spring.

Environmental Almanac: Muskrat among wildlife along Boneyard

Last week's column ended with a teaser about an animal Illinois Public Media's Lisa Bralts and I saw as we searched Scott Park in Champaign for urban wildlife. If you caught her segment of "Backyard Industry" this week, you know it was a muskrat.

UI names new chief information officer pending board's OK

CHAMPAIGN — An administrator at Case Western Reserve University has been named the next chief information officer at the University of Illinois.

Mark Henderson, currently the interim vice president and chief information officer for information technology services at Case Western, will assume the new post Aug. 16, pending approval from the UI Board of Trustees.

Environmental Almanac: Look for everyday wildlife

Summer-like weather is here at last, and for many people, me included, that includes the promise of traveling beyond East Central Illinois to enjoy the outdoors.

Chanute cleanup manager addresses environmental concerns

RANTOUL — The project manager for a company in charge of cleanup efforts at the former Chanute Air Force Base says environmental concerns about Agent Orange and other agents are unfounded.

Of PCBs, a landfill and drinking water

An EPA hearing on the Mahomet Aquifer generated a lot of talk this week — and while it's not directly related to a hazardous waste landfill near Clinton, it's part of the effort that began in 2007 with a small group of concerned residents in DeWitt County.

Quinn asks U.S. EPA to deny PCB request at Clinton landfill

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deny a request to dispose of PCBs at the Clinton landfill in DeWitt County because it sits over the Mahomet Aquifer.

Volunteers sought to help clean Lake Vermilion

DANVILLE — Volunteers are needed to help with a spring cleaning of Lake Vermilion, Danville's recreational and drinking water source.

Standing-room only at EPA hearing on aquifer

CHAMPAIGN — A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday night to tell U.S. EPA officials that they want more federal protection for the Mahomet Aquifer.

Resolution expressing fly-ash concerns up for vote tonight

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Board tonight will consider approving a resolution expressing concern with the storage of fly ash at the former Vermilion Power Station — and its potential threat to the Middle Fork River.

The board will consider the resolution at its meeting at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex, 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville