On Monday December 3rd a petition on behalf of the Stop the Mega Dump was filed with the Illinois Supreme Court. A decision by the Court regarding them taking the case should be handed down in January or in March.
“This is petition is on behalf of all the citizens of DeKalb County.” Said Dan Kenney, coordinator of the group, “In the time sense the Appellate Court handed down its decision in favor of Waste Management Inc. we have been encouraged by many residents to keep fighting the expansion.”
The final paragraph of the petition covers the core issue of “fundamental fairness”:
“A number of recent decisions involving landfill siting have affirmed the local decision and the Pollution Control Board in situations where serious fundamental fairness issues were raised. Peoria Disposal Company v. Illinois Pollution Control Board, 385 Ill. App. 3d 781 (3d Dist. 2008), Fox Moraine, LLC, v. United City of Yorkville, 2011 Ill. App (2d) 100017, 960 N.E. 2d 1144 (2d Dist. 2011). The trend observed in these cases is that pretty much anything goes during the landfill siting process in terms of improper communication of participants with decision makers. The fundamental fairness requirement has substantially eroded. The Court ought to accept review to reassert the minimal standards of fundamental fairness.”
“Again we urge the newly elected members of the DeKalb County Board to work together to find a better way for our County to handle its solid waste. We have time to reverse this path we are on that may lead to the worse environmental tragedy this County has ever experienced.” Kenney said.
The Stop the Mega Dump citizen’s group opposed to the 500 acre expansion of the existing DeKalb County Landfill, owned by Waste Management Inc, received notice today that the oral arguments before the Appellate Court had been delayed again. The Illinois Pollution Control Board filed a petition with the court to move the oral arguments from August 22nd to September 6th. The petition was granted, so the new date for the oral arguments before the State of Illinois Appellate Court Second District will be Thursday September 6th 2:00pm.
“We want the citizens of the county to know that all continuances and delays have been at the request of Waste Management or the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Stop the Mega Dump nor our lawyer has been the cause of all of the delays. We want this settled as quickly as possible so we can begin addressing a more sustainable way of handling our solid waste. A way that does not involve DeKalb County becoming the dumping ground for Waste Management and Northeast Illinois.” According to a statement from Dan Kenney, coordinator of Stop the Mega Dump group.
Citizens are urged to attend the oral arguments in Elgin on the sixth of September. The STMD group wants citizens of the county to inform themselves of all the information related to this proposed expansion.
“It is important to be aware of all the issues related to this expansion as it will have an environmental impact on our county for decades to come.” Kenney said. Visit the Stop the Mega-Dump website to learn more.
NIU students from the communications department have been creating a documentary about the Stop the Mega Dump efforts. The screening of their Mega Dump documentary titled “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” is this Saturday May 5th, along with seven of the other documentaries the class made this semester.
The film about the Stop the Mega Dump effort is the last of the “festival” and will begin at approximately 4:30pm (showings will run from 1pm-5pm). Anyone and everyone is invited, there is plenty of room and it is free. All of the films have been made by dedicated students eager to display their work.
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Stop the DeKalb County Mega-Dump has set-up an account with DIMCO so that anyone who brings in aluminum cans to recycle can ask that the money go to Stop the Mega-Dump. They will then send the group a check every four months which can be used to help pay the legal fees to stop the expansion.
Waste Management charges us to pick-up our recyclables and then sells the recycled material. Last year WMI made over $300 million on our recycled material. Now you can recycle your aluminum cans at DIMCO in DeKalb on Oak Street and ask them to put the money in the Stop the Mega-Dump account. They are paying 75 cents a pound for aluminum. This is a good way the group can grow the funds needed for the legal fight and boycott Waste Management at the same time.
If you want someone to pick-up your cans and take them to DIMCO for you just call 815-793-0950 and Dan will pick them up and deliver them for you. Spread the word to all your recycling friends.
The following excerpts are from the Opening Brief, filed with the Illinois Pollution Control Board, by George Mueller, attorney for Stop The Mega-Dump, a grassroots organization of DeKalb County citizens opposed to Waste Management of Illinois’ siting application to expand the landfill in Cortland. The full brief is viewable as a PDF file, here. (54 pages) Read more →
The Illinois Pollution Control Board public hearing on the citizens’ appeal to the DeKalb County Board’s approval of Waste Management of Illinois’ siting application to expand the landfill in Cortland is tentatively scheduled to begin the 22nd of November. The appeal was filed in part due to a of lack of fairness to the public in the process. Read more →