Winnebago Count Board demands landfill meet state regulations

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) ─ The Winnebago County Board agreed Thursday night to send a stern message to operator of Winnebago Landfill.

The resolution demands the landfill’s operator bring the facility into compliance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

In November, board members pass a new ordinance that addressed litter from landfills. It added a $100 inspection fee and $1,000 fine system.

Earlier in the year, residents banded together to form Citizens Against the Landfills community-action group. They have hired a lawyer and are considering a lawsuit.

Board members say they have reached the limit of power.

“Really, this is just showing the county board support for the residents that live near the landfill. The county has very little that we can do,” said District 6 board member Keith McDonald. “We’re hoping we can use it with the Illinois Attorney General to show our support that they take action to hold the landfill accountable.”

In November, residents were also given an easier way to report the odor problems. Advocates say neighbors should fill out the form every time they notice the odor. Times and dates of complaints are recorded.

You can find a link to the form here.

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