A meeting was held today in Wilmington to discuss expansion
discuss expansion of the landfill.
WM owns approximately 93 acres that adjoin an existing landfill area, and by utilizing those additional 93 acres WM will gain approximately 26 more years of time/space for dumping contaminated but non-hazardous waste. The waste, primarily from construction projects, will not come solely from Will County, but also from neighboring counties.
The 93 acres are around the perimeter of an existing landfill area that includes a site called the “recker” site (not sure of the spelling) that contains hazardous waste. There are 37 corrective action wells in the area and 10 of them, all tied to the recker site, show contamination. Other areas of the existing landfill are newer and constructed differently so contamination is less of a problem. The wells are tested every 6 months and they are tested shallow, never deep. From what I gather it is not possible to test deep and WM dismisses the possibility of contamination in the deep water.
The new 93 acre sites will be lined and the construction will be layered as follows: clay, gravel (?? or a fiber layer), more clay, a hard plastic liner, and then a fiber layer. Sorry, but that info is all from memory since I didn’t take notes on that. There will be access to a well in the center of the “mound” for monitoring. Supposedly the clay in that area is of a superior type that will allow no leaching of contaminates to the area outside the landfill if by chance there is damage to the hard plastic layer. They claim blasting will not have an impact on the liner. In fact, they claim blasting has no impact on the existing 37 wells either but did admit activities such as fracking, if it were taking place in the area, could be problematic.
After the landfill has reached capacity it does not become a wasteland. The county can do reclamation work on it and make it into a recreational area, but the land area will be lost to residential and agricultural uses. Unfortunately, the recreational area will have some nasty neighbors, including a crude oil storage depot.