- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked an Indiana environmental agency to cancel a permit given to build a quarry in northwest Indiana, arguing there are potential impacts on the Kankakee River.

Madigan filed the legal appeal with the Indiana Office of Environmental Review on Tuesday and said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have reviewed it because water will be discharged across state lines, The (Kankakee) Daily-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1jAEu2X ).

The attorney general’s appeal says the Indiana agency “failed to account for impacts occurring in Illinois to the Singleton Ditch and Kankakee River and failed to require any mitigation of the impacts.” Madigan’s office said the appeal is meant to allow for time and additional steps to consider the possible impact on the Kankakee River in Illinois.

The Indiana agency last month granted the permit to Singleton Stone LLC, which wants to build a 600-acre quarry in Lake County, Indiana, about 60 miles southeast of Chicago.

The permit lets the company pump between 12 million and 52 million gallons of water per day down the man-made Singleton Ditch tributary to the Kankakee River, which flows in Illinois and Indiana.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opposed the permit, saying fish and freshwater mussels could be endangered. However, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management responded that the federal agency’s concerns were for species in Illinois and the permit request concerns only Indiana water quality and aquatic life.

IDEM also determined that the amount of water pumped into Singleton Ditch wouldn’t create water quality issues.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, a Matteson Democrat, has made a similar request of the Indiana agency.

“While the quarry is located in Indiana, much of the impact will be felt in Illinois,” Kelly said. “Many environmental questions have been raised in both states, but not fully answered.”


Information from: The Daily Journal, https://www.daily-journal.com

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