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Letter: Close landfill, or move it away

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 9:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:16 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I was involved with the Stop The Mega-Dump Group. Our group of concerned citizens did not have the resources to win against a multi million dollar corporation. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the court sided with Waste Management.

Unfortunately, it took the incident of Jan. 14, where odors from the landfill sickened people at the school, to get the attention of the community. Waste Management says they want to be a “good neighbor.” If that is true, they should either relocate the landfill or give the funds to School District 428 to replace Cortland Elementary School.

Waste Management has received the permits from the IEPA to expand the dump and I doubt if anything can stop it. They are in business to make a profit and the county wants a piece of the action for their pet projects.

Waste Management will pay the fines and go through the motions with the Attorney General and in the end I’m sure nothing will change. The IEPA should revoke the permits and the landfill should be closed.

Mike Van Wiltenburg


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