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Bill to Protect Mahomet Aquifer in Illinois Nearing Passage

Bill to Protect Mahomet Aquifer in Illinois Nearing Passage

An Illinois Senate committee has approved a measure that would give added protection to the Mahomet Aquifer spanning central Illinois.

The bill previously received approval from the Illinois House and comes after DeWitt County approved a settlement with a landfill company stemming from a dispute over failed plans to store toxic PCBs in a facility over the aquifer. The measure moved to the passage stage Thursday after receiving unanimous approval from the Senate Environment Committee.

The bill seeks to ban the disposal of manufactured gas plant wastes at any municipal landfill in Illinois. Under the measure, which was sponsored by Sen. Scott Bennett, the manufactured gas plant waste would have to be tested for toxicity before it could be buried.

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