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Voters worry how new board will address landfill

CLINTON -- Some voters in DeWitt County are worried about Tuesday's primary election for county board seats.
CLINTON -- Some voters in DeWitt County are worried about Tuesday's primary election for county board seats. Some people say changes to the board could affect your drinking water. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine has the story.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and cities around Central Illinois filed a lawsuit against the Clinton Landfill in hopes of protecting the Mahomet Aquifer.

"Water is so valuable."

It services about 750,000 people in Central Illinois.

"It would be a shame if it was ruined."

Three judges will decide if it was illegal for the Illinois EPA to allow the landfill to store hazardous waste without a proper hearing from the community and county board.

"They're all out for themselves for making money. They don't care about what's going to happen down the road."

If ruled illegal, it will go back to the county board for a vote. That board could start changing during Tuesday's primary election.

"Two of them, I know, have never said one word about the landfill, and by not saying anything, that tells me they're for it."

He says some candidates were part of the contract which allowed the hazardous waste which is now in dispute.

"I think it's very important that this board we have now, should be retained because I know how most of them feel about the landfill. Most of them have said, in public, they're against it."

The federal EPA tentatively approved the Mahomet Aquifer as being a sole source, making it harder for the hazardous waste to be stored in Clinton.

"Like the Bible says, you can't serve two masters. You can't say, 'Well, I'm for the landfill, but I want clean water.'"

Cities like Champaign, Urbana and Savoy are all part of the lawsuit. Over the next three months, the federal EPA will hold public comment.
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