Tom Kacich: Why risk polluting our aquifer?
If you like the idea of West Virginia's "Chemical Valley" being centered along the Elk River — where about 300,000 people get their drinking water — how about the notion of dumping hazardous chemicals over an aquifer that provides drinking water for 750,000 people in central Illinois?
That's what the owners of a landfill in Clinton want to do, directly over the Mahomet Aquifer, a geological formation far underground between approximately the Hoopeston area and the Illinois River. The aquifer is a prolific source of drinking water for residents of about 90 communities, including Champaign-Urbana.
The owners of Clinton Landfill Inc. want to be able to accept toxic PCBs at the landfill. Remarkably, the federal EPA still hasn't said no.
The PCBs, ugly remnants of industrial processes particularly in the Chicago area, have to go somewhere, say business groups. It's best to get them out of high-population areas. It's also more fair to keep them in Illinois than export them to Michigan.
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