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Meeting Aimed At Drumming Up Support for Mahomet Aquifer

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:26:10 CST
By: Willis Kern

Efforts to save the Mahomet Aquifer are behind a public meeting in Normal tomorrow. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has approved the citing of a Clinton Landfill over part of the water source, which stretches across 13 counties in central Illinois. The state Attorney General is appealing a recent Illinois Pollution Control Board order the chemical waste dump be allowed in DeWitt County. Illinois State University Biologist Angelo Capparella says he's concerned about the immediate threat, but also worried there's been very little action by local governments to implement a plan for drawing water from the aquifer.

Capparella is part of a break-out panel aimed at developing an action plan for aquifer usage and protection. Speakers and panel members include other environmentalists, attorneys and engineers. The session begins at 9 AM at City Hall in Normal.

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