The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 22, 2013

Rossville board moves to protect aquifer

BY KIM LUTTRELL
Commercial-News

ROSSVILLE — Village trustees approved a resolution Monday night throwing their support with Champaign, Urbana and other towns to try and obtain a "sole source aquifer" designation for the Mahomet Aquifer.

Rossville, along with the other participating municipalities, hope to use the designation to prevent a permit being issued to Area Disposal in Clinton for it to accept contaminated soil in its Clinton Landfill operation.

The Clinton Landfill wants to accept soil laden with PCBs from a federally mandated toxic cleanup site in Chicago.

The proposed area of the landfill that would receive this toxic laden soil sits directly above the Mahomet Aquifer.

The Mahomet Aquifer is an important source of drinking water and lies in depths from just 5 feet below ground to nearly 100 feet in some areas. The aquifer, which some refer to as a large underground lake, stretches 150 miles across 14 counties in Illinois and Indiana. It is the sole source of drinking water for some 750,000 persons.

Rossville and other cities believe that by enacting these designations of the Mahomet Aquifer as a "sole source aquifer," it will force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to give it that designation and stop the proposed acceptance of PCB laden soil into the Clinton Landfill.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website, an aquifer can be designated a "sole source aquifer" if the persons using it cannot obtain drinking water from another source at a reasonable cost.

In Illinois, numerous municipalities in Cass, Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Iroquois, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Piatt, Tazewell, Vermilion and Woodford counties draw their drinking water from the Mahomet Aquifer.

In other action, trustees:

Learned that the police chief has been aggressively enforcing the illegal parking situations that develop on Green Street when the grade school dismisses. The street had been plagued by double parking as parents pick up children after school.

Chief Bill Shannon said he will continue to monitor the situation to make sure traffic laws are obeyed.

Discussed a proposal to split the eastbound lane of Attica Street at Chicago Street. There have been problems with two vehicles pulling up side by side and both vehicles trying to go east onto East Attica Street, which has only one lane. Trustee Pete Gossett proposed striping the lane into two lanes. One lane would be for right-hand turns onto South Chicago Street and the left lane would be for straight ahead and left turn traffic only. Mayor Terry Prillaman will contact IDOT officials about the feasibility of this proposal.

WHAT’S NEXT

Rossville Village Board members will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the municipal building.