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SPRINGFIELD — A Mahomet state legislator said he will co-sponsor legislation designed to protect the Mahomet Aquifer, which provides drinking water to 500,000 residents, including the Rantoul area.
State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) co-sponsored the bill with State Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth).
The legislation is designed to address concerns about potential effects of pollution. Prior decisions by the DeWitt County Board to allow PCBs to be stored at the Clinton landfill could contaminate the water supply for much of Central Illinois.
“We will continue to push in opposition of the storage of PCBs at the Clinton landfill.” Rose said. “I am also preparing amendments to the bill filed today based on the public hearing testimony from last fall’s House committee meeting in Monticello.”
“The people of DeWitt County, in a vote, overwhelmingly rejected the county’s decision to allow a chemical waste landfill,” Mitchell said.
“People understand the devastating effect any leakage of PCBs into the Mahomet Aquifer would have on Central Illinois’ drinking water supply. All of the affected communities should have their voices heard on this important issue.”
Senate Bill 1868 would allow for all Central Illinois county boards and municipalities sitting above the aquifer to have the same veto authority as Dewitt County. House legislation is due to be filed soon.
“This legislation will allow the rest of us who drink from the Mahomet Aquifer to stop this,” Rose said.