More Opposition to Toxic Chemicals Above Mahomet Aquifer
The Mahomet Aquifer supplies water to more than 800,000 people in Illinois. And now, it's under the threat of severe contamination. A public meeting on the issue was held in Champaign Saturday afternoon. The room was filled with concerned residents.
"You hear this information about how this came to be and what's going on and its like the top of your head blows off," said Champaign resident, Sharon Decelle. "It's like, how is this even possible?"
In 2002, a waste management agency called Area Disposal Company built a landfill that sits right above The Mahomet Aquifer, the main source of drinking water for thousands in Central Illinois. Tod Satterthwaite is a member of the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance. He says, when built, the landfill wasn't dangerous.
"Originally it was for municipal waste only," said Satterthwaite. "Just regular household waste which is not toxic."
But in 2010, the company received permission to attach a chemical waste unit to the landfill. It's already accepting toxins like gas plant waste and now the company wants approval, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to accept PCBs.
"The U.S.. E.PA has the ability to permit them for PCB's and were asking that the U.S.. E.PA not give them that permit," said Satterthwaite.
The Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance wants the public to petition the E.PA to stop the landfill from accepting chemical waste.
"So the U.S. E.PA can deny PCBs from going into the Clinton Landfill," said Satterthwaite. "The Illinois E.PA can shut down the whole chemical waste unit at this landfill."
He says many supplies could be effected.
"All the way form Danville and over to Peoria and the Illinois River," said Satterthwaite.
The application for the acceptance of PCBs into the landfill is still pending with the U.S. E.PA.