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by Ed Pyne, Publisher
| January 30 2013
Public invited to Mahomet Aquifer Summit Feb. 22
The Town of Normal and the City of Bloomington are sponsoring a Mahomet Aquifer Summit on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:00 a.m. on the 4th floor of Uptown Station. There is concern that the aquifer, an important source of drinking water for 80 municipalities and 1,000,000 people in Central Illinois, is in jeopardy. Area Disposal Company (aka Peoria Disposal Company) is attempting to get approval from various local, state and federal authorities to operate a toxic chemical waste storage facility at their Clinton Landfill site, which sits directly over the Mahomet Aquifer.
A press release from the Town of Normal says “contamination of the aquifer from the highly toxic and dangerous chemicals, that are proposed to be deposited and stored at the Clinton Landfill, would be catastrophic to the region. If Area Disposal Company’s proposal is ultimately approved, large quantities of highly toxic Polychlorinated Biphenyls, commonly referred to as PCB’s, will transferred from a Chicago-land site for permanent storage at this chemical dump site in Clinton, IL. PCB’s are one of the most toxic and dangerous chemical compounds created by man and are a known carcinogen. Any migration of that material into the Mahomet Aquifer would likely render that source of drinking water unusable for human and animal consumption, cooking, crop irrigation, etc. Furthermore, by permitting this landfill to accept PCBs it will also be more likely to accept a myriad of other highly toxic substances with the same potential negative impact on the aquifer.”
The Summit is open to the general public and will feature a variety of expert presenters. Specific intervention suggestions will be provided to all in attendance who would like to take a more active role in helping to stop the proposed chemical waste dump in Clinton from becoming reality. Also, several local, state and federal elected officials are expected to attend the meeting and some will be asked to make brief comments
| January 30 2013
Trip to Las Vegas was fun, but $$$
We finally had a chance to get away for a few days and take in some warmer weather. My lovely wife, Sally, and Steve and Sabrina Pampel of Bloomington flew to Las Vegas Thursday and came back Monday. The newly remodeled Tropicana was home base and we were really impressed by the changes. It is very clean, has high ceilings which handles the smoke a lot better and is in a good location near the airport and across from the MGM and New York, New York casinos.
As we were gawking at the huge, beautiful casinos I had to ask myself, “Where did they get the money to build this?” A few days later I found out. My luck was terrible! Sally’s wasn’t much better.
However, it was a different story for the Pampels. They won at just about everything they tried. If it was the roulette wheel, blackjack, video poker, sports book or the penny slot machines, it didn’t matter to them, they just kept winning. They were laughing and skipping through the casino. I think they wanted us to disappear at times so we wouldn’t bring their chances down.
We’ll have more about the trip in future editions, including our visit to the Titanic exhibit.
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