- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CLINTON, Ill. (AP) - A company that for years has planned to store toxic PCBs in a landfill sitting atop a central Illinois aquifer now says it’s giving up the idea.

The Pantagraph (https://bit.ly/1zN68eC ) reports Peoria-based Area Disposal had tried since 2007 to get state and federal permits to store PCBs at its Clinton Landfill.

Brian McGinnis, attorney for the company, said there are no plans to try for a permit at an alternative site.

“The company has no intention of applying for a toxic waste permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” McGinnis said. “We’re closing that chapter,”

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are chemical compounds once used in products such as paints and fluorescent lights. They were banned in the U.S. in 1979 after it was found they can cause cancer and damage to nervous and reproductive systems.

Last year, the state barred the dumping of PCBs in the Clinton Landfill near Clinton, and a permit request was ignored by the U.S. EPA. The landfill sits atop the Mahomet Aquifer, which provides water to 750,000 people.

The DeWitt County Board will consider Thursday a settlement with the company to restore roughly $1 million in payments made to the county by landfill owners. The payments of back fees stopped about a year ago when the County Board broke the landfill host agreement over the PCB issue.

DeWitt County State’s Attorney Dan Markwell said the county wants to move forward.

“We are rebuilding the relationship with the landfill. They are part of this community and we want to work with them,” Markwell said.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, https://www.pantagraph.com

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