IAAP responds to Illinois EPA on CCDD contamination in quarries

Kerry Clines

December 13, 2017

Illinois Association of Aggregate ProducersThe Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP) responded to recent news stories by The Associated Press and an Editorial in the Chicago Sun Times about the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s (Illinois EPA) claim that four out of five Illinois quarries receiving clean construction and demolition debris (CCDD) showed contamination. According to the IAAP’s Update newsletter, the association sent a letter to the editor of the Chicago Sun Times stating that the overwhelming majority of the metals detected, such as iron and manganese, occur naturally in uncontaminated Illinois soils at the same levels found in the Illinois EPA’s sampling.

According to the IAAP, the issue is getting attention because of the landfill industry, which prefers that the materials be trucked to their facilities at a higher cost. The landfill industry and environmental groups continue the push for an unnecessary water monitoring mandate in Springfield with costs that could drive many facilities out of business. 

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The IAAP says it is partnering with other industry and labor groups to help resolve the alleged contamination and defeat any unnecessary mandates in Springfield. The association is working to identify members that operate CCDD/clean fill facilities and keep them updated through conference calls, meetings, and emails. Any CCDD/clean fill sites that are not currently on the IAAP’s CCDD/clean fill operators distribution list should contact Dan Eichholz at dan@iaap-aggregates.org or call him at 217-241-1639.

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