U.S. EPA denies PCB storage permit for Clinton Landfill

CHICAGO - The United States Environmental Protection Agency has decided not to give a central Illinois landfill a chemical waste permit that would allow it to store PCBs.

PCBs are chemical compounds that were once used in commercial products such as fluorescent lighting and paints, but were outlawed in 1979 due to causing damage to reproductive and nervous systems and cancer.

The U.S. EPA released a statement on Wednesday saying their decision was based on the Illinois EPA's decision to prevent PCBs from being dumped in the Clinton Landfill.  The state EPA came to their decision after learning local approval of the landfill in 2002 didn't include PCBs.

The Clinton Landfill is located about the Mahomet Aquifer, which supplies water to over 12 counties in Illinois.

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