Will County officials: Monitor water in quarries
June 23, 2012 7:34AM
Updated: June 23, 2012 7:46AM
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Will County officials say they’re upset that a state board is considering dropping a requirement for groundwater monitoring at quarries that accept demolition debris.
The Will County Board is asking the Illinois Pollution Control Board to reconsider, saying the bottoms of some quarries are close to the water table that serves county residents.
County Board Chairman Jim Moustis says strong safeguards are needed to ensure no toxins seep into drinking water from dozens of quarries.
He says the county is prepared to take “whatever legal recourse is required” to protect drinking-water supplies
Eleven quarries in Will County accept demolition debris. The county also has 43 public wells and 398 private wells that provide drinking water for about 350,000 people.
Officials are urging residents to contact lawmakers about the change.