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The Clinton Landfill issue continues to be a reoccurring issue at DeWitt County Board Meetings.

The board has been approached several times on why they should take a stance against the proposed dumping of higher concentrations of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls into the waste facility. President of WATCH Clinton Landfill, George Wissmiller says if this is allowed to happen, there is no way to fix it.

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Wissmiller believes the wrong approach is being taken to getting rid of the controversy. He suggests perhaps the issue is not whether it is right or wrong, but if it is responsible.

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Wissmiller called on the Board to utilize the State's Attorney's position better. Wissmiller says Dick Koritz is a DeWitt County Board employee when he is seated before the Board. He believes the County Board should not allow Koritz to make policy decisions, but instead guide the Board in the things they want to do. Wissmiller asked the Board to use Koritz services to help find a way to legally fight the issue.

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Despite repeated appeals from the public, the DeWitt County Board as a whole has not voiced an opinion either in favor or against the Chemical Waste permit. A clause in a 2008 contract with the landfill states the board will remain neutral on the issue. Representatives from Peoria Disposal, the landfill's owner, have threatened a breach of contract lawsuit should the county violate the clause.

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