Governor Quinn orders EPA to stop PCB
waste disposal at Clinton Landfill
Action will protect drinking water for
hundreds of thousands of residents
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[July 29, 2014]
– Governor Pat Quinn today directed the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency (IEPA) to take immediate action to keep
polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste out of the Clinton Landfill and
protect the drinking water of 800,000 residents.
The Governor’s order is based on a response from the DeWitt
County Board received by IEPA on Friday, July 25. Today’s action is
part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and
ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
“Hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents can look back on this
as the day we protected their clean drinking water source,” Governor
Quinn said. “PCBs have no place in or near the drinking water of any
community in our state. That is why I directed the EPA to take
immediate action and protect the water supply for families
throughout central Illinois.”
Illinois law allows the IEPA to modify a landfill permit upon the
discovery that a decision was made using false or misleading
information. The IEPA will issue a modified permit for the Landfill
In a letter received July 25 by the IEPA, the DeWitt County Board
stated that it “did not authorize the disposal of TSCA-regulated
PCBs in its Sept. 12, 2002 siting approval.” This confirms that
federally regulated concentrations of PCB waste at the Clinton
Landfill were never authorized locally.
In both the location application to the County Board and in
testimony at a public hearing on the request for local approval from
2002, representatives of the Peoria Disposal Company clearly
represented to the County Board that the Clinton Landfill would not
accept PCBs at federally regulated concentrations.
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In May, Governor Quinn sent a letter to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency urging the administration to
deny Peoria Disposal Company’s request for federal authorization
to dispose of toxic waste in the Clinton Landfill.
The Mahomet Aquifer is a system of river basins and surface
waters that supplies water to portions of Cass, Champaign,
DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard,
Peoria, Piatt, Tazewell, Vermilion and Woodford Counties.
[Text received; OFFICE OF GOVERNOR