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March 2004

Operating Permit Issued for Illinois Landfill Operation

Springfield, IL— Illinois EPA Director Renee Cipriano announced that the Agency has issued a landfill operating permit to Prairie View Recycling and Disposal Facility, which is owned by Will County and will be operated by Waste Management of Illinois, Inc.

The landfill is situated on an approximately 455-acre parcel, within the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant property, near Wilmington.  The approved plans will allow the landfill to accept municipal waste and non-hazardous special waste for disposal and will have a waste “footprint” of approximately 223 acres, with a total waste volume of over 30 million cubic yards.   

“The economic benefit of constructing and operating this facility will be important to the community,” said Cipriano.  “In addition to the over 100 construction jobs it will provide, and ultimately up to a dozen employees, the county and communities will reap the benefits from their share of the tipping fees paid to the facility for disposal.”

Specifically, this permit will allow waste disposal in an eight-acre cell.  Additional cells are expected to be added, as disposal needs mandate.  The design of this facility should allow it to operate for 23 years.  Proper closure and long-term monitoring requirements are also incorporated into the permit conditions.  The Illinois EPA Des Plaines Regional Office inspected construction activities to ensure compliance with the development permit issued by the Illinois EPA in November 24, 2003.

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