Printer Friendly Version

Village Vision News

Watchdog group opposes landfill

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A controversial landfill, proposed in 2007 and opposed by 74 percent of DeWitt County voters in a 2008 referendum, is under consideration by the Environmental Protection Agency. If created, the landfill would store chemical waste on a site above a major drinking water source for Central Illinois, including Forsyth residents.

On May 2, Terry Hoffman of Maroa, representing the Watch Clinton Landfill Association opposed to the project, distributed information to trustees concerning the permit request made by Clinton Landfill Inc. The company seeks to add an additional landfill to house polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste on a site located two miles south of Clinton on Rt. 51. The proposed landfill site sits directly above the Mahomet Aquifer, a source of drinking water for residents of 15 Illinois counties, including Macon.

According to the EPA, PCB is a man-made chemical that was used in various industrial and commercial products, including items made of paint, plastic and rubber, from 1929 until it was banned in 1979 as a known cancer-causing agent.

“Basically, our watch group is looking for help and support against putting PCBs in our landfill," Hoffman said. “There are approximately 10 other sites they could go to that aren’t over an aquifer.”

The EPA will hold a public hearing on the landfill plans on June 9 at 6 p.m. at Clinton High School.
“It sounds like you need to get some people lined up on your side,” said Mayor Hap Gilbert.

^ Back to Top ^

Site by HomeSight, LLC