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Rose, Mitchell introduce bills to protect Mahomet Aquifer

Posted: Friday, Feb 22nd, 2013

SPRINGFIELD A major environmental issue affecting thousands of central Illinois residents is being addressed by State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) and State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) through legislation filed this week.

A half-million residents depend on the Mahomet Aquifer for their drinking water, and many of those same residents are concerned about potential effects of pollution. Prior decisions by the DeWitt County Board to allow PCBs to be stored at the Clinton Landfill could contaminate the water supply for much of central Illinois, Rose and Mitchell believe.

We will continue to push in opposition of the storage of PCBs at the Clinton landfill. Rose said. I am also preparing amendments to the bill filed today based on the public hearing testimony from last falls House committee meeting in Monticello.

Clinton Landfill already stores PCBs in its chemical waste unit, but a pending permit to expand that storage has received opposition from various quarters. The permit would allow Clinton Landfill to store PCBs in concentrations higher than its current permit allows.

Polychlorinated bipenyls (PCBs) are considered a toxic substance that may cause certain types of cancer.

For the complete article see the 02-22-2013 issue.

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