On June 29th during a status conference Waste Management Inc of Illinois requested more time to prepare for the appeal case filed by a group of DeKalb citizens. Thus the public hearing on the case has been set tentatively for October 18th thru October 20th. The decision will then be handed down by the Illinois Pollution Control Board by December 16th.
The public hearing will be held at a DeKalb County location yet to be named by the ILPCB. During the hearing witnesses will be called and testimony given regarding the fundamental unfairness on the part of DeKalb County Board members and administration in their handling of the process of WMI application for expansion of the existing landfill. The appeal by the Stop the Mega-Dump citizens’ group states that members of the county board were biased, that ex parte contacts were made and citizens did not have ready access to WMI application.
“We want the citizens of DeKalb County to know that this expansion is not a done deal.” Dan Kenney, Chair of the citizens’ group said. “A large majority of the county citizens missed an opportunity to voice their concerns about the proposed landfill expansion at the 1st public hearing in March. In fact most citizens didn’t know about the expansion plan until after the hearing and many are under the false understanding that it is over because the county board voted yes 16 to 8 for the expansion. We want citizens to mark their calendars and plan to attend this hearing. It will be an opportunity for them to voice their frustration with the way the county went about this expansion process and to express their concerns about the planned expansion.”