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Did you see the Friday, May 25th RRStar? 
The EPA wants to hear from you too.  Here's their ad:

EPA Begins Review of Pagel's Pit Superfund Site

Winnebago County, Illinois

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a five-year review of the Pagel's Pit Superfund site on Lindenwood Road in Southern Winnebago County near Killbuck Creek. The Superfund law requires regular checkups of sites that have been cleaned up - with waste managed on-site - to make sure the cleanup continues to protect people and the environment.  This is the third five-year review of this site.

EPA’s cleanup of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), arsenic, boron and ammonia at the former landfill consisted of:

  • Removal of contaminated liquids (leachate) for treatment at a public plant.
  • Extraction of gas from the landfill to be used as fuel or to be destroyed.
  • Covering the former waste disposal area with an appropriate cap.
  • Monitored natural attenuation of ground water with plans for other measures if necessary.
  • Institutional controls such as deed restrictions to prevent contact with ground water.
  • Site and groundwater monitoring and maintenance of the remedy.

More information is available at the Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St., Rockford, Illinois and at www.epa.gov/region5/cleanup/pagels. The review should be completed by June 24, 2012.

The five-year review is an opportunity for you to tell EPA about site conditions and any concerns you have.  Contact:

Bernard Schorle

Remedial Project Manager

312-886-4746 l schorle.bernard@epa.gov

You may also call EPA toll-free at 800-621-8431, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays.

 EPA Region 5, 77 W Jackson Blvd, SR-6J l Chicago, IL 60604


We have only a short time left to make our voices heard.  From now until May 30th, please make sure to write letters and mail them to:

Winnebago County Clerk's Office
Attn: Opposing Landfill
404 Elm St, Room 101, Rockford, IL 61101

 Please report all EPA violations using this simple online form: Complaint Form

Take our online survey:
Click here for survey

Be sure to view this important YouTube Video:


Check out what Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger has to say about the dangers of landfills located too close to an airport.  In 2009, he famously landed a US Airways plane on the Hudson River upon takeoff from LaGuardia after having its engines disabled by birds.

NewsRecord.com - Jul16/2011 - Captain Sully Backs Foes of Landfill

NYPress.com - Apr26/2012 - Wing and a Prayer


CBSNews - Aug16/2011 - Sullenberger Pans Garbage Station Near LaGuardia

And don't forget to read what FAA Regulations say on the topic of landfills - and the birds they attract - being too close to an airport.  According to the FAA, anything less than a 6 mile radius is considered 'too close'.

FAA Regulations (PDF Document)

Important Dates  
Jan17/2012 Paperwork filed by Rock River Environmental Services requesting landfill expansion
Apr18/2012 Open meeting held to update public and express public concern.
Apr23/2012 Public hearings begin 8am-5pm.
Apr24/2012 Public hearing 8am-5pm; public comments/testimony 6pm-9pm
Apr30/2012 Public comments/testimony 5pm-9pm
May01/2012 Written comments can be sent to
Winnebago County Clerk's Office
Attn: Opposing Landfill
404 Elm St, Room 101, Rockford, IL 61101
May30/2012 Last day written comments can be received by Winnebago County Clerk's Office
June29/2012 Winnebago County Board deadline for decision
Aug03/2012 Last day for appeal if Winnebago County Board decides "yes" for landfill