Attorney General Lisa Madigan is my hero and has announced the filing of a proposed settlement with Traditions Investment, LLC, concerning the construction of a mega-dairy operation here in Jo Daviess County. The settlement proposes to resolve a water pollution complaint filed last year with the Illinois Pollution Control Board against Traditions for allowing the discharge of leachate from silage stored at the site into the South Fork of the Apple River. The complaint also alleged a violation of permit requirements because Traditions failed to have the requisite National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit at the time the discharge occurred.
Traditions has informed the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that it is in the process of selling the site. The company is also removing the remaining liquid in the site’s concrete basin and the adjoining earthen basin and applying it to agricultural land in accordance with applicable environmental regulations.
After battling this looming disaster for five years, we now get to heave a sigh of relief and a victory celebration. Before popping the first cork, we need to give thanks to some people who heard our cries for help.
Thank you to: Governor Pat Quinn, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Division Chief Matthew Dunn, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane McBride, and the Illinois Pollution Control Board.
Thank you for understanding that our water is worth protecting and fighting for.
From the Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2012, issue