University of Illinois scientists are wading into the dispute over a plan to store toxic waste at a landfill located above an aquifer supplying drinking water to more than half a million people in central Illinois. Scientists at the Prairie Research Institute will explore alternatives to the plan by the Clinton Landfill to dispose of cancer-causing PCBs at the site, about 40 miles west of Champaign. The US Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing the plan, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has also taken action to try to stop it. Gary Miller is associate executive director of the research institute. He says the scientists will look at alternatives that could include incineration, and chemical and biological methods.
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