Environment

State launches website on Clinton landfill, Mahomet Aquifer

The Illinois EPA has launched a website with information on the Clinton Landfill and the Mahomet Aquifer.

The site includes inspection reports and various applications filed concerning the landfill, whose owners want to accept PCBs — an action several local governments oppose.


Boil order for Longview

Customers of the Longview Water Utility in Longview are under a boil order until further notice.  The boil order is a part of scheduled maintenance.

Customers should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. That will kill any bacteria or other organisms that might be present in the water.


Reusing the past

CHAMPAIGN — The demolition of a 60-year-old university residence hall that housed generations of college students creates one serious pile of rubble.

More than 10,000 tons, in fact.


Environmental Almanac: Rare mussel found in Illinois River

When seven barges broke free from their tow and slammed into the dam on the flooded Illinois River at Marseilles in mid-April, few people were in a position to see an upside to the story. Some weeks later, however, when the U.S.


Engineer: Georgetown can handle water sale to coal mine

GEORGETOWN - An engineer with the Farnsworth engineering group believes that Georgetown's plans to sell hundreds of thousands of gallons of water a day to a proposed mine in Vermilion and Champaign counties is a request the town's water system can readily handle and is a positive arrangement for the municipality.


Iroquois board to consider larger turbine setback

WATSEKA — New wind turbines in Iroquois County might soon need to be located almost a full mile from homes on property not being leased to a wind farm operator.

The Iroquois County Board's planning and zoning committee will meet at 9 a.m. Friday to vote on whether to recommend the full board approve a proposal next Tuesday to increase the wind-turbine setback.


Lingering questions on water sale to mine may be addressed

GEORGETOWN — City engineers will attempt to answer the public’s questions about the sale of water to the proposed Sunrise Coal mine near Homer, an official with the mining company said on Monday.


Dates set for agrichemical container recycling

A roundup of agricultural news:

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has scheduled two recycling events in East Central Illinois at which agri-chemical containers will be collected.

The first is the afternoon of Aug. 15 at Weber Fertilizer in Buckley. The second is the morning of Aug. 16 at United Prairie in Tolono.


Sandra Mason: Don't let bagworms destroy trees, shrubs

By Sandra Mason

They're baaa-aaack!

OK, their arrival may not be on the level of evil spirits invading suburban homes in "Poltergeist II"; however, bagworms can wreak havoc on trees as they devour every evergreen needle within munching distance.


Water sale details still up in air

Mayor: No rates set yet despite decision made at June 17 meeting

GEORGETOWN — City officials voted unanimously on June 17 to sell up to a half million gallons of water a day to a new Sunrise Coal mine that will be constructed near Homer.

But many details remain to be settled, and some questions are still unanswered.


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