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Board approves legal fees in PCB fight

Thursday, November 13, 2014

At the Oct. 20 village board meeting, Village Administrator David Strohl placed an item on the agenda for potential action on Resolution No. 14-06, the execution of which is an agreement for legal services related to the PCB case involving the Clinton Landfill.

Back in the summer, the village joined an intergovernmental coalition opposing the landfill in its permit application to the Environmental Protection Agency. The permit would have allowed the facility to accept polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.

Communities in the region, including Forsyth, joined the coalition to fight the disposal of PCBs on the site because the land to be used sits above the Mahomet Aquifer. The landfill is located just a few minutes north of Forsyth, and the aquifer is one of the village’s water supplies.

The state recently banned the landfill from storing PCBs at the Clinton site, which resulted in the owners, Peoria Disposal, petitioning the Illinois Pollution Control Board to appeal the decision. The village’s share of the resulting legal fees is estimated to be less than $120, and if approved, Resolution No. 14-06 would authorize an agreement for legal services related to the village’s opposition to the landfill.

Trustee Larry Reed made the motion, which was seconded by Trustee Dave Wendt. Resolution No. 14-06 carried. 

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