Elected officials in central Illinois say they're not easing up on efforts to prevent a landfill from burying toxic waste above a large aquifer. State and local officials spoke at a meeting of the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Alliance on Saturday. They worry that groundwater could be tainted if the Clinton Landfill is allowed to bury PCBs above the aquifer, which is the primary drinking water source for about 750,000 people. Landfill owners say special barriers will prevent chemicals from leaching into the ground, and are seeking U.S. Environmental Agency approval. Coalition members say they're appealing an Illinois Pollution Control Board decision to dismiss a complaint that local approval is needed. Local governments also have asked the U.S. EPA to declare the aquifer a primary drinking-water source, prompting extra reviews.
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