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Calling on Quinn to Improve the Mahomet Aquifer

Updated: Thursday, May 8 2014, 10:25 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Several local officials meeting with Governor Quinn Wednesday to talk about threats to the sole source of drinking water for thousands throughout Illinois.

It's a battle many local communities and organizations have been waging for years: keeping harmful chemicals out of the Mahomet Aquifer.

The aquifer supplies more than half-a-million people in 14 central Illinois counties with drinking water everyday.

But the Clinton landfill threatens to pollute the water with harmful PCB chemicals.

Champaign's Mayor says work at the landfill should be halted immediately and says the process of chemical dumping is illegal.

"This has been going on for 7 years and we feel like there's been a number of failures along the way on the DeWitt County Board and there's been a number of misteps that we feel are quite frankly illegal."

The mayor, Senators Mike Frerichs and Chapin Rose, and others are calling for the Governor to suspend the landfill's permit until the courts can weigh in on the chemical dumping.

A spokesperson for the Governor says progress was made at the meeting today, but available options still need to be evaluated.

Calling on Quinn to Improve the Mahomet Aquifer


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