- Conservatives join New Hampshire rally in support of campaign finance reform
- 11 public housing residents complete job readiness training
- Youth health care enrollment event at NIU Rockford Jan. 29
- More than 50 employers at Jan. 29 job fair
- School district’s credit rating remains solid
- State Police seize LSD, cannabis, U.S. currency in I-80 arrest
- Park District names employee, team of the year
- A closer look at fracking for natural gas
- Susan Johnson, copy editor, moves on after 21 years
- Guest Column: Clean Water Act: Supporters of clean water must make their voices heard
To the Editor: USEPA is talking to mega-dairy
Did you know that the U.S. Envirtonmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is having a dialog with the mega-dairy? The USEPA is requesting a geophysical investigation, a stream study, natural void study, and a tracer test from the mega-dairy, as part of their enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act. These are the kinds of tests used to trace the groundwater to surface water connection that is generally present in a karst area (see maps and testimony by S. Panno, P. Wiebel, L. Johnson, ISGS, et al.). At last, an agency that has risen above the corruption and sought the truth.
Speaking of truth vs. corruption, [State Rep. Jim] Sacia [R-89th District] wrote a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers seeking a waiver of the 401 permit from the IEPA for the mega-dairy. The IEPA is seeking a tracer test, asking for greater protection from leakage, and asking why the mega-dairy was illegally sited. The mega-dairy has not paid the fee for the permit, nor has its application been completed. Does Sacia think these issues are unimportant? Does Sacia think that he and the mega-dairy are above the law? Why hasn’t he mentioned this in his column?
From the Sept. 1-7, 2010 issue