Mansfield joins in opposition of landfill permit

By Kelley Heaney
Journal-Republican correspondent

The Mansfield Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting at the Northern Piatt Fire District Building on Monday, Nov. 5 with all members were present. After approving the minutes of the previous meeting, the board approved the bills payable and the treasurer’s report. The board then moved to wrapping up any old business issues.

Old business this month included a report on the work being done at the Madden Run Subdivision. Maintenance Supervisor, Bob Henderson, reported that work was progressing nicely with a bit of a hold up due to some rain. The north side of the run was finished and the south side, which includes having to enter some resident’s yards with large equipment, would be finished soon.

The board then moved into the new business on the table. After a brief discussion about resurfacing a parking lot in downtown Mansfield, the board focused on the discussion about joining the opposition to the proposition of dumping PCBs in the Clinton Landfill, which the Illinois EPA has approved.

PCBs are man-made elements manufactured prior to 1977 in the production of motor and hydraulic system oil, fluorescent light ballasts, adhesives and tapes, oil based paint, and floor finish. The EPA has been satisfied that PCBs cause not only cancer but can have negative, long-lasting and permanent effects on the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems of humans and animals. The PCBs in question are in contaminated soil scoured from the great lakes area and moved downstate to the Clinton Landfill. More information is available at the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/pcbs/index.htm.

According to Mansfield Board President, Steve Gaines, it would cost the village about $2,000 to join the legal efforts of several other counties and townships to stop Area Disposal from dumping PCBs into the landfill, which sits over the Mahomet Aquifer. The aquifer is the primary source of drinking water to more than 750,000 people living in the communities which sit atop it, including Piatt County.

“Even though the insurance company would pay financially if something happened,” said Mayor Gaines, “the people in this part of the state would still no longer have a source of drinking water. I think it is important to stop this before there is a problem.” The board agreed and voted unanimously to join the opposition.

The final item on the agenda for the month concerned a tax levy for the community which was also passed unanimously.

 

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