State EPA Unveils Web Page On Clinton Landfill
by Sean Powers
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has launched a web page to keep the public up to speed on the latest updates on the Clinton landfill.
The landfill’s owner, Area Disposal Company, wants authorization to store PCB’s at the facility, but their request has been opposed by several nearby communities.
The Illinois EPA’s Andrew Mason said the web page includes inspection reports, permit applications, and an overview of the facility's history.
Mason said that currently, the landfill is being actively monitored.
“This is a way to explain to people more in depth like what we’re doing, give people more information about the issue in general,” he added.
More than a dozen communities have opposed a request by the landfill’s owners to be allowed to store PCB’s or polychlorinated biphenyls, at the landfill. They cite the Clinton Landfill’s location over the Mahomet Aquifer, which is a primary source of drinking water in the region.
The U.S. EPA has yet to rule on the landfill’s request.
In the meantime, Mason said PCB’s have never been discovered in the Mahomet Aquifer system, the Clinton community water supply wells, or any statewide water supply that a community relies on for drinking water.