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Mahomet Aquifer Update
19 September, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Public Meeting to Protect Mahomet Aquifer
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Champaign Public Library, Robeson rooms A+B.
200 West Green Street, Champaign, IL 61820
The Champaign County Health Care Consumers will lead a community meeting about protecting the Mahomet Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to 800,000 residents in central Illinois. The work of many individuals, grass roots organizations, and elected officials resulted in the:
- “Sole source” designation by the USEPA for the aquifer;
- Legislation that prohibits the disposal of (1) Manufactured Gas Plant waste in specified levels and (2) Polychlorinated Biphenyl waste in any landfill whose run off goes into the Mahomet Aquifer. This legislation, sponsored by State Rep. Ammons and Sen. Bennett (HB1326 and SB1698) passed in both the House and Senate and recently signed into law.
But, despite these positive outcomes, Clinton Landfill, Inc. plans to cap, rather than remove and relocate, the existing MGP waste; and accept coal ash, a highly toxic waste, in an area previously proposed to accept chemical wastes. The new rules by the U.S. EPA provide guidelines for the disposal of coal ash, but do not call the ash, a byproduct of burning coal, hazardous – despite the fact that it contains some of the most toxic substances known to humans.
Come to the meeting to learn about the consent decree that, if signed by the coalition of governments formed to protect the aquifer, would set the parameters for waste disposal and storage of existing materials in perpetuity. Learn what’s in the decree, and why you should be concerned. Find out how to make you voice heard.
More information will be posted as it is developed.