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Landfill Foes Want More Say In Toxic Waste Plan

A plan to store toxic waste at a central Illinois landfill is stirring debate over how much say people who get drinking water from the aquifer beneath the dump should have in what's dumped there.

Activists are pushing for new legislation that could help them stop a company's plans to store PCBs in a private landfill near Clinton. The landfill sits over the Mahomet Aquifer that provides water to roughly 750,000 Illinoisans.

A company called Area Disposal says its plan includes a resilient liner that is unlikely to leak. But skeptics like George Wissmiller of nearby DeWitt aren't convinced.

The bill would give neighboring communities more say in what is buried in landfills. But even advocates expect a court challenge if it is approved by the legislature.

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