Illinois law allows IEPA to modify a permit upon discovery that a decision was made using false or misleading information. On July 31, 2014 IEPA took immediate action to modify Clinton Landfills Permit after it verified that Clinton Landfill had made false and misleading statements that allowed the disposal of toxic hazardous waste at its facility in Clinton Illinois.
Clinton Landfill is owned by the Peoria Coulter family that had gained its hazardous waste permit by false means. The facility in question is located directly above the Mahomet Aquifer, which supplies water to more then 750,000 East Central Illinois residents.
On Aug. 28, the Illinois Pollution Control board received a petition from Attorney Brian Meginnes counsel for Clinton Landfill. The filing was in opposition to the IEPA’s decision to modify the permit for Clinton Landfill by removing two toxic hazardous waste streams from its permit, PCBs and MGP source material, both require siting approval from local elected officials before being allowed permitting for land disposal by the IEPA.
Landfill Attorney Brian Meginnes says in his petition that the IEPA actions are “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, unlawful and beyond its regulatory authority”.
Landfill further says the reason given to them by the IEPA for making the changes “is a sham” and “were made wholly for political reasons” The Agency IEPA has 120 days to respond.
Illinois pollution Control Board has the authority to reject any petitions that are “Frivolous” or “Duplicative”. The board is meeting today September 4, 2014, the landfill petition is listed on the board’s agenda.
Substantially similar case from the Illinois pollution Control Board is before a Illinois Appellate Court filed by local area Governments that depend on the Mahomet Aquifer for their water and way of life.