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Clinton landfill expert testifies PCB storage plans safe

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:48:46 CDT
By: AP

The company planning to store toxic waste at an Illinois landfill above an aquifer that supplies water to about 750,000 people insists there's little chance the chemicals will reach the water. Daniel Drommerhausen is a hydrologist working with the Clinton Landfill on plans to store PCBs. The site 40 miles west of Champaign sits above the Mahomet Aquifer. Dromerhausen has testified at an Illinois House Environmental Health Committee hearing that PCBs didn't reach the water in the 1,000-year scenario he'd modeled by computer. But Champaign County Board member Al Kurtz wondered why they should take the risk when the chemicals could be stored elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering the plan. The committee was gathering information on state legislation that might block it.

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