Concerns with chemical waste landfill

By Amanda Porterfield | aporterfield@wcia.com

Published 01/17 2014 10:34AM

Updated 02/25 2014 11:13AM

Update: 10:10 pm, 2/24/14, Monday
CHAMPAIGN -- A group met Monday night with concerns about the water supply. They're upset over a chemical waste landfill over the Mahomet Aquifer. A new proposal would allow PCB's into the Clinton Landfill. It's a chemical used in motor oil.

Some are concerned the chemicals will leak into the water supply. The Illinois Pollution Control Board originally approved the proposal, but Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing the ruling.
Original: 4:52 pm, 1/17/14, Friday
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- State's Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's trying to keep a Central Illinois water source safe. The Clinton landfill was originally approved to handle solid waste. Then, without further local approval, it got a permit from the state's EPA to build and operate a chemical waste landfill on the same site.

Madigan's appeal says the Illinois Pollution Control Board should have reviewed that action. The Clinton landfill site is on top of the Mahomet aquifer, a major source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people. They're worried chemical waste could leak into the water supply.

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