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Possible PCB storage at Clinton landfill sparks debate

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 06:44:43 CDT
By: AP

A plan to store toxic waste at a DeWitt County landfill is stirring debate over how much control people who get drinking water from the aquifer beneath the dump should have in what's dumped there. Activists are pushing for new legislation that could help them stop plans to store PCB's in a private landfill near Clinton. The landfill sits over the Mahomet Aquifer that provides water to roughly 750,000 Illinois residents. Area Disposal says it's plan includes a resilient liner that is unlikely to leak. But skeptics, like George Wissmiller of nearby DeWitt, aren't convinced. The bill would give neighboring communities more say in what is buried in landfills, but even advocates expect a court challenge if it is approved by the state legislature.

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