Owners of the Clinton Landfill are in the process of getting approval to bury PCB waste at the site. (Ryan Denham/WJBC)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
NORMAL - The communities fighting owners of the Clinton Landfill, who want to bury PCB waste at the site, have created a new PSA asking the public to get involved.
Landfill owners have petitioned to accept and bury the controversial waste, but Central Illinois leaders worry about the waste leaking into the Mahomet Aquifer, the water source for thousands of residents.
The PSA urges the public to be involved in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's process to designate the aquifer as a sole source aquifer, essentially protecting it. The EPA says PCB is known carcinogen.
Representatives of Normal, Champaign, Urbana, Mansfiled, Mahomet and the University of Illinois are featured.
“We want to send a very clear message to central Illinois residents that the U.S. EPA needs to hear that the public is supportive of this designation,” said Don Gerard Mayor of Champaign. “It is important to realize that if we don’t act now, future generations may not have access to clean water. Please join us in our efforts to ensure our residents have clean, safe water."