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County will ask for Mahomet Aquifer Coalition visit

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2012

CLINTON — Some members of the county board want to look into the county joining an effort to have the Mahomet Aquifer declared a “sole source aquifer.” But, state’s attorney Karle Koritz warned members on Thursday against action that could put the county into the middle of any lawsuit against the owners of Clinton Landfill.

The landfill sits over the aquifer, a major drinking water source for central Illinois. Proponents of a pending EPA permit that would allow the landfill to increase the level of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) it stores look at the move as one way to fight the expansion permit.

PCBs are toxic byproducts of the electrical component manufacturing industry. The substance was banned from production in the late 1970s.

Members, including new board member Terry Hoffman, also consider the disposal of manufactured gas plant (MGP) waste a threat to the aquifer. MGP waste recently removed from the former Clinton Illinois Power facility was taken to Clinton Landfill.

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