Second Thoughts about Landfill Approval

Second Thoughts about Landfill Approval

Gov. Pat Quinn believes approvals a central Illinois county gave to a landfill did not include the potential storage of toxic PCBs the facility’s owner now wants to store.

If that’s true, Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette said Tuesday that state law might allow the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its approval of the plan to store toxic waste at the Clinton Landfill in DeWitt County.

The landfill is over the Mahomet aquifer, which provides water for about 750,000 central Illinois people.

The state EPA asked the county Tuesday for details about its 2002 approval.

Calls to landfill owner PDC Area Disposal in Peoria and to DeWitt County officials were not returned.

The company says the aquifer would be protected by a liner.

The landfill plan still needs federal approval.

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