Legislation would protect Mahomet Aquifer

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.


Categories (2):News, Environment


Rantoul Press embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. we reserve the right to remove any comment at its discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
peterstrong wrote on June 25, 2016 at 8:06 am

The people of DeWitt County