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PCB landfill permit case dismissed

6 Apr

A lawsuit filed against Peoria Disposal, the parent company of Area Disposal, has been dismissed by a Moultrie County judge.  Area Disposal had sought permission and received approval from  to use 22.5 acres at the landfill for disposal of industrial wastes, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  Studies in animals have shown that PCBs can cause cancer as well as other impacts on the endocrine, reproductive, immune and nervous systems.  Local citizens have been concerned about the proximity of the site to the Mahoment Aquifer.  The suit claimed that county ordinances and state and federal statutes and regulations were violated.  Waste disposal is regulated by both local zoning ordinances and the federal Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA) which is also referred to by the name of its later 1976 amendment, the Resource Conservation and Recover Act (RCRA).  Solid waste disposal is reguated under Subtitle D of the act and is implemented by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency with relatively limited federal oversight.  Hazardous waste, including PCBs, are regulated under Subtitle C of the act.  The hazardous waste program is also implemented by IEPA, but there is more federal oversight, including a very active inspection and permitting program run by US EPA.

If you have any questions regarding PCBs, or waste disposal under SWDA and RCRA, contact us at 773-609-5320, info@thornenvironmentallaw.com, or through our web contact form.

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