The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comments to protect the Mahomet Aquifer as a primary water drinking source for the area.
If given that designation, it would make it harder for a proposal to put a landfill near it.
Although Bloomington doesn't use it now, Mayor Tari Renner says the aquifer is the only viable long-term water solution. Right now, the aquifer generates about 53 million gallons of water each day and reaches 80 different communities.
"It's a broad coalition to try to say no, this doesn't even make any sense. So, I'm very happy that the EPA is taking this step forward and I'd certainly urge all citizens who care about the quality of our drinking water to be involved,” said Renner.
Those public comment meetings will be at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, starting at 7:30 p.m. on May 13 and in Morton at the Freedom Hall, also at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. The EPA will be accepting public comments through June 2.
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