October 19, 2015
Illinois Public Media
A suit filed by 14 local governments against the Clinton Landfill is close to being settled. But the landfill in DeWitt County is now facing a new legal challenge.
Bill Spencer with the group W.A.T.C.H Clinton Landfill says his group filed suit in DeWitt County Court on Thursday, asking that the landfill be cited as a public nuisance. Spencer says the landfill poses a threat to the Mahomet Aquifer ---- the multi-county water source that lies beneath it.
“There’s certain requirements to protect the Mahomet Aquifer,” said Spencer. “It’s a Sole Source Aquifer in the state of Illinois. And, the landfill doesn’t have those safeguards in place to protect the Mahomet Aquifer. And that’s what the nuisance suit’s going to be about.”
A message was left with Clinton Landfill Inc. vice president and chief operating officer Chris Coulter late Friday afternoon, seeking comment on the lawsuit.