Quinn, IEPA Say County Records Can Block Plan For PCB’s
By Jeff Bossert
Governor Pat Quinn says he’s taken further action to block the placement of PCB’s at the Clinton Landfill, over the Mahomet Aquifer.
He’s asked the state EPA to contact the DeWitt County Board seeking to confirm that federally regulated concentrations of the toxic substances were never locally authorized.
Residents of the area and local officials are questioning the extent of the county board siting approval in 2002.
A press release Tuesday morning cites transcripts of a public hearing that year, in which the owners of the landfill, Peoria Disposal, testified to the county board that the landfill would not accept PCB’s at federally regulated concentrations.
Illinois’ EPA says information from that meeting calls into question the county board’s siting approval.
"The Illinois EPA's regulatory decisions must include all information and facts and must be completed in a process that is transparent and allows for community involvement and input," IEPA Director Lisa Bonnett said, in a press release. "The landfill permit decision may not have included full disclosure of facts relating to the 2002 location decision."
Many officials, including state lawmakers, US Senator Dick Durbin, and a number of area mayors, have publicly opposed the proposal to place PCB’s over the aquifer.