Reed Memorial in Lieu of monthly POWER meeting
Joan Reed, political
activist, environmentalist, passed away recently April 11th. Since services
were held in her hometown of West Chicago, POWER would like to invite all who
were touched by this wonderful lady to attend a memorial, Tuesday, May 7th
5:30pm at River North restaurant in Kankakee (formerly Sully’s).
was on the POWER board, the Kankakee River Round Table and spearheaded many
causes in her short 20 year history in Kankakee County. For all those touched
by her activities in the community, please join us.
The board of
directors of Protecting Our Water Environment and River, NFP (POWER) announces
the appointment of Kankakee resident Dr. Douglas J. Cork, Professor of
Biological Sciences, Chemical & Physical Sciences at the Illinois Institute of
Technology, Chicago to the POWER board of directors.
expertise and leadership will be very helpful to POWER’s opposition to any and
all future attempts to site a garbage dump within Kankakee County since we are a
county located in the watershed of the Kankakee River.
Darrel W. Bruck
Dear Daily Journal staff
Many of us citizens of Kankakee County, who worked for years fighting against
a landfill, were appalled at
Lee Provost's recent article
resurrecting this issue. He was upset the City/County did not receive the
money the dumps would have
potentially brought in. Does he not remember the studies and public outcry
against this environmental disaster? Is money more important than
protecting our precious Kankakee River not only for us now but for future
generations? What a shame that this County has come so far to even consider
taking another step backward.
Respectfully, Amy Ciaccio-Jarvis, Vice President of POWER
The IEPA illegal dumping case, No.
07 CH 303,
against Tom Volini and his company Town & Country Utilities has finally been settled. This case has gone on
for over 5 years. The other defendant, Fred Bruno Barbara settled in
2009. See the
Fred Bruno Barbara settlement document
As you recall, the illegal dumping took place near the Tom Volini and Fred
Barbara proposed Chicago regional garbage dump (landfill) by Minnie Creek near
the Kankakee County Fair grounds. It is our hope that The Daily
Journal and the Herald will cover this news.
POWER would like to publicly thank the
Kankakee County Rotary Club for inviting us to participate in their Friday
May 11 silent auction fund raiser to benefit Kankakee area nonprofits
and the Rotary. The fund raiser took place at the Hilton in Kankakee.
At the May 8 Kankakee County board
meeting, the board approved a 5 year update to the Kankakee
County Solid Waste Plan.
A presentation was given
by Mr. Mike Van Mill at the March 27, 2012 Regional Planning Commission
meeting. The presentation can be found here:
Solid Waste Plan Presentation
The 5 year update will run from now until 2017. The plan states Kankakee
County will not consider siting applications for a new or expanded landfill
facility within the county for a period of five years. Instead, the county
will rely on transfer stations and out-of-county regional landfill facilities
for waste disposal. Siting applications for additional transfer stations will
However, the plan also states landfill
siting applications for anywhere in the county may be considered within
the five-year period if the county board determines that : regional landfill
capacity is not sufficient for Kankakee County waste disposal, unacceptable
increases in disposal costs within the county has occurred or unacceptable
decreases in transfer station capacity within the county has occurred. POWER
believes this part of the plan update is very vague and worrisome.
The Solid Waste Management Plan update did
not include any current information on the garbage-to-energy technologies even
though the chief executive officer of Waste Management recently stated at a
Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference the garbage now going to dumps can
be turned into fuel and soon all landfill material will be recycled
within 10 years, meaning no more land filling. Read
No Landfill Disposal in 10 Years.
A new Illinois law
effective January 1, 2012 authorizes the Department of State Police to use
moneys in the Household Pharmaceutical Disposal Fund to make grants to local
law enforcement agencies for the purpose of facilitating local prescription
drug disposal programs.
The Kankakee County
Board Solid Waste Management Plan Committee will be holding a Public Hearing
Tuesday January 24 at 6:00 PM for the purpose of taking public comment on what
should be written into the County plan. Both written and or public comments
will be taken. The hearing will take place at the County Administration
Building, 4th floor board room at the corner of Schuyler and Court Street,
Kankakee. If you can’t be there, please send written comments to Chairman
Mike Bossert, 189 E. Court Street Kankakee, 60901 or
A key part of the proposed
language change to the Solid Waste Management Plan is whether our county will
allow a garbage dump to be sited and if allowed, where. This is important as
what they decide will be in effect 2012 through 2017.
We need to fill up the
room as a show of support for opposition to those who would invite garbage
dump developers back to Kankakee County with no regard for the Kankakee and
Iroquois Rivers or the aquifers which feed the rivers and water wells. We
already have hundreds of wells polluted in Limestone Township from the Shell
pipe line spill.
of the County is in the immediate watershed of the river making the area not
suitable for dumping thousands of chemicals that will percolate together when
garbage is dumped into a mountain which is what a landfill is, a mountain of
garbage which will leak. This is serious especially when you consider
thousands of people get their water from wells and the Kankakee River, not to
mention the wild life. Besides, there are superior high tech garbage-to-energy
technologies that are being pursued elsewhere, including by our neighbors 30
miles to the east in Lake County Indiana.
POWER will be meeting at
5:30 in the 4th floor hallway before the 6:00 PM Public Hearing.
Please stand up and be
counted! Apathy is not the answer!
The POWER board of
directors oppose any language in this plan that would allow a garbage dump to
be sited in Kankakee County.
long time friend and attorney Ed Vogt
passed away on Monday, November 14. Ed's last legal work was representing
Byron Sandberg pro bono against the garbage dump proposed by developers Fred
Barbara and Tom Volini. Byron was a long time supporter of
fight against the proposed dump and Ed
agreed to come out of retirement and represent Mr. Sandberg.
Ed's case ultimately did
win at the Appellate Court. The Appellate Court ruled the garbage dump
developer’s second application for their proposed garbage dump with the City
of Kankakee failed to wait the required two years after the Illinois Pollution
Control Board ruled against their first application for failure to prove
protection of the health and safety of the community. Kankakee County also
won their case which proved the proposed dump was noncompliant with the
Kankakee County Solid Waste Management Plan.
Ed will be greatly missed!
Scroll down below to read
some of the pass postings on Ed’s fight against the proposed garbage landfill
The Kankakee County Planning
Department is working on updating the
Kankakee County Solid Waste Management Plan . To
see the Planning Department's Solid Waste Management Plan Approval Process,
click here. They are at the first step which is
the Subcommittee Meeting Review.
Many things are on the table
for discussion including the three landfill (garbage dump) options below.
1) No further landfill
development and rely upon transfer stations.
2) Keep Solid Waste Management
Plan wording as is which targets Otto Township as a dump site.
3) Open to private
industry on "suitable land" for a garbage dump.
There are two garbage transfer
stations in the county, Allied in Momence and United in Bradley. They are
hauling our garbage to dumps outside of the county. This system has been
working with no problems for several years since the old Waste Management dump
south of the fair grounds and the airport closed after failing to get approval
for a 302 acre expansion. Another dump proposal in Otto Township west of the
fairgrounds was also defeated after an 8 year battle.
Unfortunately there are a
few people at the county level who still want to make our community a mega
garbage dump site. It is their idea of economic development.
could not disagree more. Garbage dumps are not
positive economic development and they create few jobs.
Over the coming decade
garbage dumps are going to be a thing of the past do to the
tech garbage-to-energy technologies. It takes hard
work and cold calling to bring in quality economic development to the area.
Putting out the welcome sign to garbage dump developers yet again is taking
the easy way out because garbage is always looking for a place to be piled up
into mountains with few takers.
The next County Solid
Waste Management Plan subcommittee meeting is Tuesday, November 15, 6:00 P.M.
at the county administration building on the corner of Schuyler Ave. and Court
Street in Kankakee. The meeting will be in the 4th floor board room.
supports landfill option One which is "No
further landfill development and rely upon transfer stations."
A draft update of the
Kankakee County Solid Waste Plan is posted on the county website.
It is posted as a "Patrick Engineering work in
Read it here!
June 16, 2011
Public Service Announcement: Event, Saturday,
July 30, 2011
How should you dispose of
medication that has expired or has been replaced when your doctor has changed
a prescription? The common practice of flushing pills down the toilet has a
harmful effect on waterways and their ecosystems. The safe option is to
participate in a medication take-back program.
POWER (Protecting Our
Water, Environment, and River) and KAMEG (Kanakee Area Metropolitan
Enforcement Group) will sponsor a medication take-back program to be held on
Saturday, July 30, 2011, between 10:00 a. m. and 2:00 p. m., at the Kankakee
County Municipal Health Department at 2390 West Station Street, Kankakee.
This is a “no questions asked” prescription drug collection. The drugs will
be collected and turned over to the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) for proper
For public health and
safety, dispose of your prescription drugs this way. Also, drop boxes are
located in the lobbies in the municipal police stations, which are open 24
hours a day.
For questions, contact
Joan Reed at 815-932-7763 or
February 14, 2011
EPA cites Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA) for improper
operational conditions leading to plant explosion and clean water violations.
Illinois EPA February 9,
2011 Press Release:
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued a violation notice to the
Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA) for violations of the Environmental
Protection Act and Illinois Regulations. The agency alleges that an
illegal release into the waters of the state occurred as a result of a
December 27, 2010, explosion that damaged the KRMA waste water treatment
information gathered during Illinois EPA's post-explosion investigation,
methane gas accumulated in the digester, causing the explosion and damaging
the waste digestion facilities. This resulted in a discharge of
biosolids to the Kankakee River. The violation notice alleges improper
operational conditions leading to the methane build-up, as well as for the
discharge of biosolids to the river.
Shortly after the
explosion, the Illinois EPA inspector discovered that biosolids from the
digesters, diluted with clean waster from a broke water line, were being
discharged via a 10 inch sewer line to the Kankakee River. Discharges of
sludge to the river resulting from the explosion have since been halted.
In the violation notice,
the Illinois EPA asks KRMA to endure that discharge of any contaminants that
cause or threaten to cause water pollution have ceased and establish and
implement procedures to assure that further discharges of contaminants do not
occur. Compliance is expected to be pursued immediately.
KRMA has 45 days to
respond to the Agency's allegations. They may also request a meeting
with Illinois EPA staff to discuss the allegations and/or potential
February 11, 2011
The garbage-to-ethanol industry holds summit in
Chicago. Some of the big names in the industry are scheduled
to attend, including Waste Management, Cascadia, Coskata, Covanta and Ineos
Bio. One of the featured speakers will be Earl Powers, the principal
owner of Powers Energy of America, the company that is building a plant just
across the state line from Kankakee County in Schneider Indiana.
It is our hope the Economic Alliance of
Kankakee County has a representative at this summit. We are not holding our
breath on that one.
Trash to ethanol industry
to meet in Chicago
Powers Energy, the company planning a $285 million trash-to-ethanol plant in
Schneider, is slated as one of 20 featured speakers at Municipal Solid Waste
to Biofuels Summit 2011, a how-to event focusing on the emerging biofuels
summit, set for today and Friday at the Wyndham Hotel, is drawing 120
attendees from around the country and internationally, said Oliver Saunders,
international event director for Eye For Energy, organizer for the summit,
based in London.
For more information go to http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/3757767-418/biofuels-summit-has-lake-link.html
February 11, 2011
Great news! Read
the press release at http://www.ineosbio.com/76-Press_releases-15.htm
. The global British company, INEOS has started
construction of its garbage-to-energy plant in Vero Beach Florida. INEOS has
license their technology to SMC LLC, the company building a plant just across
the state line in Schneider, Indiana.
The INEOS U. S. headquarters is in
These plants will
take garbage at the half the cost of a landfill and sell the resulting fuel
creating hundreds of good paying jobs while paying a host fee to the local
community similar to what a landfill pays. It’s a win, win for any community
who gets one of these plants. The technology was invented by the University
of Arkansas and purchased by INEOS which is now building plants and licensing
the technology to other companies.
February 1, 2011
KRMA, Kankakee River
Metropolitan Agency waste water treatment plant U.S. EPA compliance report
shows significant non-compliant effluent violations.
Full report here!
Explosions prevented at
plants elsewhere with proper safety devices in place.
Here is what KRMA should be doing with the
bio-solids produced at the plant.
January 26, 2011
Alliance Federated Energy
based in Milwaukee,
http://afe.excitestaging.com/index.php is the second
garbage-to-energy company seeking to build a plant in Gibson City Illinois.
The first company is Eco Manufacturing based in Massachusetts. See the
articles below. Both companies use
Westinghouse Plasma gasification
The News-Gazette: Serving
Gibson City mayor optimistic on recycling plant
GIBSON CITY – Mayor Dan Dickey said after
meeting with a developer this week that he was "very optimistic" and was
"looking forward to hearing more" about the firm's interest in bringing a
second plasma-gasification waste-recycling plant to Gibson City.
Officials with Milwaukee-based Alliance
Federated Energy, a developer of renewable-energy projects with a specific
focus on plasma-gasification technology, met with the mayor and members of
the city council for two hours Tuesday, outlining their interest in
developing a facility that would convert into renewable energy an
estimated 1,000 tons of waste per day.
For the rest of the story click here
December 8, 2010
See the 11-30-10 News-Gazette article below. A garbage-to-energy plant is
being planned for Gibson City, Illinois. Eco Manufacturing, LLC. will start
out processing 200 tons of garbage per day. Watch a 10 minute video about
the Westinghouse Plasma gasification technology they will be using. Click
This is a different technology then is being built across the state line
in Schneider Indiana. The plant in Schneider will be converting garbage to
ethanol. Gibson City is in Ford County about 1 hour south of Kankakee
according to Google map.
Garbage is too valuable as an energy source to dump into
mountains. The amount of garbage going to landfills in the next 10 years is
going to drop big time. It has been reported by the Indiana media the
Allied landfill in Indiana, now taking Lake County garbage, will lose 80% of
its revenue when the garbage-to-ethanol plant opens in Schneider.
The News-Gazette: Serving
Deal in works for Ford County
By Will Brumleve 11-30-10
GIBSON CITY – An agreement is in the works between the Ford
County Board and Eco Manufacturing LLC, a Massachusetts-based company that
has proposed building the nation's first plasma-gasification waste-recycling
plant in Gibson City.
For the rest of the story click here
October 14, 2010
INEOS Bio secures key
permits for BioEnergy Center in Florida
Vero Beach, Fla. INEOS Bio’s first commercial project in the United States has
secured key permits to build its waste to bioenergy facility in Indian River
County, Florida. The INEOS Bio joint venture has obtained its final air permit
and environmental resource permit from the State of Florida, its wetlands
permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a Final Environmental
Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (Finding) from the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE).
The BioEnergy Center will
be developed entirely within the existing footprint of a former agricultural
processing facility. The DOE Finding and Environmental Assessment established
that the BioEnergy Center would have no adverse impacts with respect to sound,
traffic, air quality, water quality or to threatened or endangered species.
The assessment also found that no changes to land use, planning or zoning were
necessary and will not result in any significant change to the existing visual
quality of the site and surrounding area. As part of the extensive assessment,
the DOE requested input from various entities including Federal, state, local
agencies, elected officials, tribal interests, businesses, organizations and
members of the general public.
"We are very pleased that
the State of Florida, the Army Corps and the DOE have issued these permits and
findings for our project, said David King, President of JV. We have spent
considerable effort to design a state of the art facility to not only ensure
compliance but also to minimize our impact on the environment."
The BioEnergy Center will
generate eight million gallons of third-generation bioethanol each year from
renewable biomass including yard, wood, agricultural and vegetative wastes.
The Center will also generate six megawatts of renewable electricity. The
facility will be the first to use INEOS Bio’s advanced BioEnergy technology,
the world’s leading feedstock flexible technology for advanced biofuels. The
technology breaks the link between food crops and ethanol production.
At the heart of the INEOS
Bio technology is a patented anaerobic fermentation step, through which
naturally occurring bacteria convert gases derived directly from biomass into
Unlike other technologies
that rely on one primary source of feedstock, the INEOS Bio process can
produce bioenergy from numerous feedstocks, including forestry and
agricultural waste, sustainable energy crops, construction waste and municipal
solid waste. This flexibility allows facilities to be built anywhere that a
renewable biomass feedstock is available, providing jobs and locally sourced
energy for urban and rural communities. The Indian River facility is scheduled
to begin construction in 4th quarter of 2010 and begin production in 2012.
(w) 630-857-7165 (c) 630-328-3916
Note to editors
INEOS New Planet
is a joint venture between INEOS Bio and
New Planet Energy. In December 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
selected the INEOS Bio JV to receive a $50 million grant to help lay the
foundation for full commercial-scale development of the biorefining industry
in the United States. This project is part of the ongoing effort to reduce
U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur the creation of the domestic biorefining
industry and provide new clean tech jobs throughout the country.
INEOS Bio (www.ineosbio.com)
is a BioEnergy company working to commercialize and license a highly
innovative thermochemical and bio-chemical technology for the production of
renewable biofuels and renewable power from a wide range of low-cost carbon
materials. Its initial focus is the commercialization of the world’s leading
third generation bioethanol technology process to serve the global renewable
transport fuels market and the renewable
(www.ineos.com) is the world’s
fourth largest petrochemical company and a leading manufacturer of commodity
chemicals, specialty chemicals, biofuels, and oil products. Comprising 15
businesses, with a production network spanning 51 manufacturing facilities in
13 countries (15 sites are located in North America) the company produces more
than 40 million tons of petrochemicals, and 20 million tons per annum of crude
oil refined products (fuels). INEOS employs over 3000 people in the US, 2000
of which are based at facilities in Texas. INEOS had sales in 2009 of $28.6
New Planet Energy
is engaged in the development
July 23, 2010
Area residents report
seeing a brown scum on the Kankakee River, upstream from the Kankakee damn.
Anyone who sees anything
unusual in the river should fie a complaint with the IEPA at
This link is the Illinois EPA citizen's complaint webpage. Once
there, click on "completing and submitting" to go to the online complaint
It has also been reported
in The Daily Journal, state environmental and conservation officials are
investigating a fish kill on the Iroquois River. POWER has learned the
University of Illinois is testing water samples.
The Iroquois River
empties into the Kankakee River upstream from the Kankakee damn near Aroma
Park. Aqua Illinois's water intake pipe is also in this area. Aqua
Illinois provides water from the Kankakee River to thousands in Kankakee
County and outside of the county..
July 15, 2010
8-13-10 IL AGO follow up
Motion to Compel Answers
Fred Barbara and Tom
sell most of their proposed dump land to area farmer. The
Illinois E.P.A. illegal dumping case
07 CH 303 against Volini
still on going.
The land which was not sold is the site of the illegal dumping. The farmer
refused to buy it!
The latest hearing on the illegal dumping case took place at the Kankakee County
Court House, July 15. Nancy Tikalsky, the attorney from the Illinois Attorney Generals
office, told the judge that Volini has failed to provide documents and
information in the case. Leonard Sacks, the attorney representing Tom
Volini and his company Town & Country Utilities, argued they did not have to comply. The judge ruled
in favor of the AGO attorney's
motion to compel Mr. Volini to comply. The
next hearing is Friday 8-13-10 at 9:00 A.M. room 204 in the Kankakee County
March 25, 2010
The Illinois Supreme
Court has declined Fred Barbara & Tom Volini's request to appeal the 3rd District
Appellate Court rulings against their proposed dump!
Great News!! POWER has
learned the Illinois Supreme Court has declined Fred Barbara and Tom Volini's
request to appeal the 3rd District Appellate Court rulings against their
proposed Chicago regional garbage dump with the City of Kankakee. This
means the 8 year battle against this dump proposal is over. Click here
to read the
Illinois Supreme Court denial.
February 19, 2010
River Valley Recycling
(RVR) and Kankakee VFW Post 2857 have teamed up for inaugural "1st
Saturday” paper drive.
Bruno, President of River Valley Recycling (RVR) and Commander Mike Pitts,
Kankakee VFW Post # 2857 have teamed up to conduct the inaugural
"1st Saturday" Paper Drive.
This "1st Saturday" concept envisions providing a standard day on which RVR
will place containers at designated sites around Kankakee County that have
been coordinated by the Veterans Service Organizations,
Task Force Hammer,
for the convenience of area citizens to
donate recyclables in support of Rebuilding Together.
As this concept develops, area citizens will be able to "stockpile" their
recyclables monthly and then bring them to their local site
on the "1st Saturday" to make their donation. 100% of the receipts from these
materials will go to repairing the homes of our seniors and Veterans. This is
a great way to provide our young people the opportunity to become involved in
making a difference monthly through a very worthwhile
the "1st Saturday" in March, March 6th, RVR will place a container in the
parking lot at the Kankakee VFW Post #2857 located at 756 West Jeffery Street.
This "trial" container will be available for only newspaper and other paper
products from 8:30am until 11:30am. Based upon response and demand containers
will be added for other materials on future "1st Saturdays."
more information contact James A. Ryan.
December 5, 2009
Illinois Appellate Court Rules Against Fred
Barbara's Second Chicago Regional Landfill Application.
Retired local attorney Ed Vogt, who represents the
sponsored case (Byron Sandberg) against the second application for the
proposed Fred Barbara Chicago regional landfill and the other petitioners
which include Kankakee County, received notice today from the Illinois
Appellate Court of their findings.
Two out of the three
judges ruled against the second dump application because the applicant
failed to wait the required two years, before they filed the second
application, after the first application was turned down by the Illinois
Pollution Control Board because it failed to prove protection of the health
and safety of the community.
In addition to the above, all three judges ruled unanimously
against the second dump application because it is non-compliant with the
Kankakee County Sold Waste Plan which calls for only one dump in the
Read the full Appellate Court decision here. Give it time to load as it
is 42 pages long.
comes after the Illinois Supreme Court, in March, ordered the Appellate Court
to vacate their decision in favor of the
Fred Barbara second
Illinois Supreme Court Supervisory order reads as follows.
exercise of its supervisory authority, the Illinois Supreme Court has ordered
the appellate court to vacate its prior order and ordered it to reconsider the
issues". It stated: "The appellate court will not be flippant in its
decision, but will act with the utmost decorum and give the issues the
attention and consideration they deserve. The appellate court will address the
issues thoroughly and completely." The court has given the
current panel the option of reassigning the case to another panel, and stated:
"Failure to comply with this supervisory order in all respects will
result in the appellate court's decision being summarily vacated and the cause
remanded to a different panel of justices." The underlined portions are the
Illinois Supreme Court's emphasis.
does have the opportunity to appeal the Illinois Appellate Court decision
against his proposed dump to the Illinois Supreme Court. It is also very
possible, the Illinois Supreme Court will not hear the case, give the fact
they have already ruled against the first Fred Barbara dump application,
ruling it failed to prove protection of the health and safety of the
Fred Barbara may
also choose to not appeal since the FAA recently got involved with this issue
OUTRAGE informed the FAA the proposed dump would be less then 10,000
feet from the airport runway. Furthermore with the just announced decision to
construct a National Guard base on the airport’s west side, it is likely the
National Guard would also object to a huge bird attractant in its immediate
air space. Details
August 21, 2009
has reached a settlement with the IEPA in the illegal dumping case against his
company, Kankakee Regional Landfill LLC.
settlement document to read the details. This document was obtained from
the Kankakee County Circuit Clerk's Office. Take note of the very last page
where Fred Bruno Barbara has signed as manager of defendant company, Kankakee Regional
Tom Volini as an individual and his company Town & Country
Utilities, Inc., have not settled. The case against them will continue
9:00 a.m. Tuesday November 17 at the Kankakee County Court House, room
One other defendant in the case, a former
partner in the land, Edward F. Heil had the case against him dropped by the IEPA because he sold his interest in the land.
To read the full case brought by the IEPA,
read the law suit here. To get background information on Fred Barbara and
Tom Volini, click on their names.
Fred Barbara's company, Kankakee
Regional Landfill, LLC,
Tom Volini as an individual and his company Town & Country Utilities,
Inc., the developers of the proposed Chicago regional garbage dump with the
City of Kankakee, are being sued by the Illinois EPA over illegal dumping
near their proposed dump site. Also being sued is their former partner in the
land, Edward Heil. Case No.
07 CH 303 which is being heard at the Kankakee County Court House. The
IEPA is represented by the Illinois Attorney Generals Office. Protecting Our
Water Environment & River, NFP. POWER
obtained pictures of illegal dumping of semi-truck loads of construction
debris and other garbage and turned them over to the IEPA which resulted in
August 19, 2009
Great News! The U.S. Dept.
of Transportation, FAA has responded to a letter with supporting documents
from the local citizens’ group
They are going to do a new review of the proposed Fred Barbara garbage dump.
They say the minimum 10,000 feet distance from the airport runway to the
proposed dump is a requirement.
The letter was about the proposed garbage
dump and the danger it poses to aircraft flying in and out of the Kankakee
Valley Airport. It will be a major water and food source for thousands of
birds and will be less then 10,000 feet from the runway as measured by GPS.
OUTRAGE sent the letter in response to POWER’s
request of the Kankakee Valley Airport Authority to rescind any and all
ordinances supporting the construction of the proposed
Fred Barbara and
Tom Volini garbage dump. The letter was sent to the National
Director of the FAA, Regional Administrator of the FAA, Secretary Ray Lahood
of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Representative Debbie Halvorson and the
Illinois Department of Transportation, Aeronautics Division.
Click here to read the OUTRAGE letter, supporting documents and the FAA
March 26, 2009
The Illinois Supreme Court
took action today. They ordered the Appellate Court to vacate their
decision in favor of the
second dump application.
Here is what they said. "In the exercise
of its supervisory authority, the Illinois Supreme Court has ordered
the appellate court to vacate
its prior order and ordered it to reconsider the issues". It stated:
"The appellate court will not be flippant in its decision,
but will act with the utmost decorum and give the issues the attention
and consideration they deserve. The appellate court will address the
issues thoroughly and completely." The court has
given the current panel the option of reassigning the case to another
panel, and stated: "Failure to comply with this supervisory order
in all respects will result in the appellate court's decision being
summarily vacated and the cause remanded to a different panel of justices."
The underlined portions are the Illinois Supreme Court's emphasis.
What does this mean? It means
the recent Appellate Court decision to reverse
their previous decision to stop the second dump application is not being
allowed by the Illinois Supreme Court. The Illinois Supreme Court is
ordering the three Appellate Court judges involved in this case to go
back and do their job instead of ignoring most of the issues argued
against the dump. If they fail to do so the Illinois Supreme Court will
send the case to three different Appellate Court judges who will do
the job. This is a big set back for dump developers Fred Barbara and
Lake County Indiana Solid
Waste Officials Speak At Local Public Forum About
The Privately Funded Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant Being Built In Their Community.
February 20, 2009
On February 9, two Lake County
Indiana solid waste officials traveled to the City of Kankakee to speak
at a public forum about the privately funded garbage-to-ethanol
plant breaking ground in the next few months in their community. This
public forum was organized by Tim and Karen Schmidt and was held at
the Community Resource Center.
The garbage-to-ethanol plant
will create 400 construction jobs and140 plus jobs to run the plant at $18.00
per hour and up. Waste Management and Allied have requested to take garbage to
this plant because the plant will only charge $17.50 per ton to take garbage
while garbage dumps cost up to three times that much. Chicago is also signing
an agreement to railroad some of their garbage to this plant and purchase the
ethanol produced for their fleet of vehicles. The technology is very clean
and is well below all Federal EPA requirements. Far cleaner then any dump.
They will pay $2.50 per ton in host fees and 3 cents per gallon of ethanol
produced to local government generating 10's of millions dollars. Garbage
removal cost for residents and businesses will be reduced by 66%.
To watch the meeting, please
For a copy of the handout sheet you
can print out, provide by the Lake County officials, please click here
Lake County Indiana
In addition to the hand out,
they are also making available thousands of dollars of research material they
did on the business plan and science being used by this company. A
major accounting firm studied the business plan and Purdue University
did a study of the science. Both organizations gave a glowing report.
A plant in Arkansas is available for touring. See it here
Kankakee County Board Will Appeal The Proposed Garbage Dump
January 13, 2009
The Kankakee County Board voted 23 to 2 in favor of appealing the proposed
Fred Barbara and
garbage dump to the Illinois Supreme court at today's county board meeting. Only two county board members opposed appealing to the Illinois Supreme Court. They were county board member Karen Campbell (who recently retired from working for the city of Kankakee) 932-1803 and county board member Leo Whitten, 929-0792. They believe the proposed Chicago regional garbage dump should be allowed to dump garbage directly into the aquifer, in the immediate water shed of the river, next to Minnie Creek which drains directly into the river upstream from the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe. Three other county board members were absent.
This is a huge victory for the community. Thanks to all who got involved and a big thank you to the Kankakee County Board!
State Rep. Phil Novak sell out the area's
clean water source to boost his salary and pension by participating
in Governor Blagojevich's "Pay for Play"?
You be the judge!
December 14, 2008
In the summer of 2002,
submitted their first application for a 236 acre Chicago
regional garbage dump to the City of Kankakee through their company Kankakee
Regional Landfill, LLC. The site they chose is a very flood prone area next to
Minnie Creek which drains directly into the river two miles away, up stream
from the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe. The city council held a hearing and
gave their OK to the proposal after being promised millions in garbage host fees.
From there the application
went to the Illinois Pollution Control Board. The IPCB had a different
opinion; they turned it down on the grounds the proposal failed to prove
protection of the health and safety of the community. Barbara
and Volini responded by appealing the decision all the way to the Illinois
Supreme Court where they lost. While the appeal was going on,
they filed a second dump application with the City of Kankakee in the
summer of 2003 for the same 236 acre location. This was during the first
year of the first term of the newly elected governor, Rod Blagojevich.
The city council once again approved the dump proposal.
Coincidentally local State
Representative Phil Novak resigned his state rep seat and the newly
elected governor appointed him to the IPCB as chairman, effective December 1
of that year. According to an April 27, 2008 Chicago Tribune front page
"The governor's $25,000 club" Phil Novak threw
a fund raiser for Blagojevich in July, 2002 which raised $19,000.
It also stated that on July 9, 2002, he personally donated $25,000 to
Blagojevich campaign fund bringing his total donations to $26,000 and was appointed to the Illinois Pollution
Control Board as chairman on December 1, 2003 at a salary of $102,800.
The Tribune article says this was a substantial boost in salary for
Mr. Novak and a substantial boost to his state pension, when he retired
in 2005. It is very unusual for a new person on the IPCB to be appointed
When the second Barbara and
Volini dump application was sent to the IPCB under Phil Novak, it was
approved even though the previous IPCB had ruled the opposite and was
backed up by the Illinois Supreme Court.
Did Phil Novak get a significant
boost to his salary and his pension for a short term appointment to
the IPCB in exchange for campaign donations and the promise to approve
a dump for friends of the governor and Mayor Daley? Has our water
supply i.e. the river and deep aquifer, been sold out through one of
the governor's Play to Pay schemes? Will the Kankakee County
board appeal the Phil Novak Pollution Control Board decision
in favor of the dump to the Illinois Supreme Court? They will
be voting at the January 13, 9:00 AM board meeting to either quit or
to continue the fight by appealing.
Attorney Edward R. Vogt offers free representation
to the county to fight the proposed
Volini garbage dump. See
his letter below.
Mr. John J. Boyd
Kankakee County States Attorney
450 E. Court St., Kankakee, Il 60901
Dear Mr. Boyd:
As previously discussed, I
will be happy to represent the County, pro bono, in the Illinois
Supreme Court, to assure continuation of the County's fight against
the proposed water polluting Barbara/Volini landfill.
It is essential for the protection of
the health, safety and welfare of all residents that this landfill be stopped.
This letter confirms my earlier
oral offer to represent the County.
Your failure to respond to
my request, in writing, will be deemed to be a denial of my request.
Yours Very Sincerely,
Edward R. Vogt
Attorney at Law
Kankakee, Il 60901
Petitions The Illinois Supreme Court To Have The Fred Barbara/Tom Volini Garbage Dump Approval Overturned.
November 5, 2008
Through its attorney Edward Vogt, POWER filed a petition with the Illinois Supreme Court, asking the Court to overturn the 3rd. District Appellate Court's approval of the city sponsored Fred Barbara/Tom Volini garbage dump.
POWER has been fighting for nearly 5 years to protect the public's health, safety and welfare from the toxic ravages of a proposed water contaminating garbage dump.
The petition is highly critical of the location of the proposed dump, which if built, will be blasted down into the aquifer, which supplies water to our rivers and our water supply. The petition is equally critical of the proposed theoretical architecture of the landfill, which is fatally flawed
The Illinois Supreme Court previously overturned the first Barbara/Volini application for its failure to protect the public's health, safety and welfare. The present application, under appeal, is substantially the same as the one previously denied by the Illinois Supreme Court.
POWER needs financial assistance to continue its work. If the appeal to the Supreme Court does not result in a denial the group is prepared to sue the City, the Applicant and the State of Illinois for violating the Federal Clean Water Act. Other such suits have been successful and resulted in denial of other water threatening garbage dumps.
POWER is a tax-deductible 501C3 charitable organization. All donations are fully tax deductible. Please send all donations to POWER P.O. Box 169 Bradley, Illinois 60915 or if using a credit card, please click on the PayPal donate button on the left.
Illinois Supreme Court
Orders The Third District Appellate Court To Vacate Their April 24 Decision.
June 6, 2008
POWER has learned the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the
The County's motion for a
supervisory order. As a result, the Illinois Supreme Court, in the
exercise of its supervisory authority, has directed the Third District
Appellate Court to vacate their April 24 decision to reverse their 2006
denial of the second Barbara/Volini landfill application. The Appellate
Court is directed to reconsider the case including all the other issues
raised by the parties to the appeal which the Appellate Court failed to
rule on. The parties to the appeal are the County of Kankakee and POWER
through Mr. Byron Sandberg. Several issues have been argued including
protection of the health and safety of the community.
Kankakee County Board Votes In favor Of
Continuing The Legal Battle Against The City of Kankakee Backed Garbage
May 14, 2008
like to publicly thank the 22 Kankakee County board members who voted
yes to go forward with the legal battle against the proposed
Fred Barbara and
Tom Volini garbage dump near Minnie Creek which dumps directly
into the river upstream from the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe.
This proposal would literally dump garbage directly into the deep aquifer
by blasting out several feet of bedrock to form the base of a 200 feet
high mountain of garbage. The IEPA refused to stop this travesty
after they were pressured by a Cook County lobbyists,
Larry Suffredin hired by Barbara and Volini, all politically
connected to Mayor Daley and Governor Blagojevich.
Action by the Kankakee County Board was
needed because the Appellate Court decided to reverse their 2006 decision
against this proposal thereby allowing it to go forward. This was the
case sponsored by
through Mr. Byron Sandberg with the
help of local retired attorney Ed Vogt. The County also argued their
own case at the Appellate Court at the same time which resulted in the
County's landfill attorney and Mr. Vogt supporting each other's case against
the proposed dump. At this point the Appellate Court has failed to rule on
the issues the County's attorney argued.
Sadly County Board members Kelly McLaren
and Karen Campbell voted No and therefore support the dumping of
garbage directly into the deep aquifer next to Minnie Creek.
consistently supported this dump proposal. Karen Campbell is a City
of Kankakee employee and should have abstained from voting on this issue
because of her conflict of interest. Kelly McLaren is running for Recorder
of Deeds this coming November and is seeking local Union Bosses support.
Union Bosses have been huge supporters of the Fred Barbara/Tom
Watch the Attorneys and
the Kankakee County Board discuss the County's legal battle to stop
the Fred Barbara/Tom Volini proposed garbage dump which is backed by
City of Kankakee Mayor Green and local Union bosses.
Click to view video
Garbage-To-Ethanol Plants Are Being Built Elsewhere. Why Not Here?
May 1, 2008
Please click on this link
It will take you to some very informative
short video clips on Coskata, Inc.
This is the company General Motors is in partnership with in Warrenville, Illinois which is building garbage-to-ethanol plants. Warrenville is near Aurora. They are planning to build these plants on a global basis. There is no reason why we can't get one here.
Even if Mayor Green and Barbara -Volini win their dump, it will be cheaper to process garbage into ethanol then dumping it. Don't forget all the jobs that these plants create.
Lake County Indian projects a savings of $12,000,000 per year in garbage removal costs for their County with the building of two garbage-to-ethanol plants by two other companies within their county and the creation of 250 jobs and hundreds more in construction jobs. See article here
Why can't this be done here? If City of Kankakee Mayor Green and our Kankakee County economic development leaders made the same effort to get a garbage-to-ethanol plant as they have for garbage dumps, it would happen!
POWER Fundraiser A Success!
February 11, 2008
Protect Our Water, Environment, and
River (POWER) wishes to thank
the 60 attendees and 24 local merchants or donors who helped make our
February 10 Valentine's Dinner, Dance, and Silent Auction a truly
elegant evening and a smashing success.
We extend our gratitude to: Andrea Taylor and Family, AnteUP Productions, Applebee's Restaurant, Aurelio's Pizzeria, Brickstone Brewery and Restaurant, Car Care Auto Center, Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Fifth Avenue Car Wash, Groucho's Coffee Cafe, Jeff Jarvis and Family, Hampton Inn, King Music, Love Shop, Oberweis Dairy (Happy Cows LLC), Paramount and Meadowview Theatres, Papa John's Pizza, Romer's Bakery/A Piece of Cake, Skinney's Pizza, TGIFriday's Restaurant, The Chicago Dough Company, Tholen's Landscape and Garden Center, TrendSetters College of Cosmetology, TriStar Martial Arts Academy, and Village Home Furnishings. Thank you for helping protect the water supply and health of Kankakee Valley citizens and the health of the Kankakee and Iroquois rivers against potential toxic leachate from the two proposed landfills.
IPCB AFirms 3-17-04 County Board Decision.
January 24, 2008
Illinois Pollution Control Board affirms the March 17, 2004 decision by the Kankakee County Board denying siting of a 302 acre garbage dump by Waste Management, Inc.
The Board finds that the proceedings before the County were fundamentally fair and Waste Management was not prejudiced by the proceedings. The Board further finds that the County's decision relating to the need for the facility (415 ILCS 5/39.2(a)(i) (2006)), the facility's design to minimize the impact on surrounding property (415 ILCS 5/39.2(a)(iii) (2006)), and the traffic patterns (415 ILCS 5/39.2(a)(vi) (2006)) is not against the manifest weight of the evidence. The Board therefore affirms the County's decision to deny siting for the landfill expansion proposed by Waste Management.
Waste Management has 35 days to appeal this decision against them to the Appellate Court. Click here to view the case details
Illinois Pollution Control Board to hear Waste Management's Appeal.
December 7, 2007
The Illinois Pollution Control Board will hear Waste Management's
appeal of the 2003 Kankakee County Board rejection of their proposed
302 acre, 200 feet high Chicago regional garbage dump which would
be located within walking distance of the river and upstream from
the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe.
IPCB will hear the case in Chicago and make a decision by January
24. If Waste Management wins their appeal, under the law, the IPCB
would remanded the dump proposal back to the County Board for another
vote. In their appeal, Waste Management contends the County board
members, who voted No to three of the 9 criteria required by law
to win approval, did not base their decision on evidence presented
by Waste Management during their garbage dump hearing. Waste Management
has been asking for delays since 2003.
This is one of two proposed Chicago regional garbage dumps to be
sited in the immediate water shed of the Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers.
The other garbage dump is being proposed by Town & Country Utilities
owned by Tom Volini and Fred Barbara. Fred Barbara was recently
implicated in a Chicago mob trial and according to Chicago newspapers,
is a close friend of Chicago Mayor Daily. If both dump proposals
happen, a total of 600 acres, 200 feet high in garbage would be
dumped by as many as 600 semi-trucks daily.
Fred Barbara and Tom Volini are being sued by the Illinois EPA.
August 5, 2007
Fred Barbara's company, Kankakee Regional Landfill
LLC and Tom Volini's company, Town & Country Utilities, Inc., developers of the proposed
Chicago regional garbage dump with the City of Kankakee,
are being suited over illegal dumping near their proposed dump site.
Read the law suit here. Pictures obtained by POWER
of the illegal dumping of semi-truck loads of construction debris
and other garbage were turned over to the IEPA which has resulted
in this suit. The case has been filed with the Circuit Court in
the Kankakee County Court House. It is scheduled to be heard September
27, 9:00 A.M. room 204. An answer to this case by Mr. Barbara and Mr. Volini
due by August 29.
June 6, 2007
Illinois EPA Hearing To Be Held Wednesday June 13 at 6:00 PM In
The KCC Auditorium
POWER, OUTRAGE, Mini Creek Drainage District and other local groups
requested the IEPA to hold a legal hearing on Mr. Volini's latest
dump proposal for a Chicago regional landscape dump to be located
next to his proposed Chicago regional garbage dump. Both are to be
located next to Mini Creek which drains directly into the Kankakee
River up stream from the Aqua Illinois water intake pipe, a source
of water for thousands.
This latest proposal must be stopped. Just like his garbage dump
proposal, this is in an area that has little or no clay protecting
the shallow and deep aquifers from being polluted. It is also in
an area that is flood prone. The water table is near the surface.
Please click on Expert Reports and read what three independent scientists
have to say about the unsuitability of the hydro geology in that
area for dumping any garbage because it will result in polluting
the river, Mini Creek and the ground aquifers. Water supply for
thousands of people and wild life.
Urgent, Please attend this hearing. You will be given the opportunity
You can also send written comments to
Stephanie Flowers, Hearing Officer (#21)
Re: Kankakee Regional Landfill L.L.C.
1021 North Grand Ave. East, P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9276
Written comments can be sent now and up to 30 days after the hearing
date. This means July 13, 2007 is the deadline for written comments.
Thursday March 22, 2007
City of Kankakee/Tom Volini Proposed Chicago Garbage Dump Suffers
Major Set Back!
Tom Volini of Town & Country Utilities and the City of Kankakee
suffered a blow to their proposed Chicago regional garbage dump
today. The Illinois Supreme Court announced their decision to overrule
the Appellate Court and to affirm the Pollution Control Board's
decision to disallow the proposed Town & Country/City of Kankakee
Chicago regional garbage dump because the applicant failed to prove
protection of the health and safety of the community.
With this decision, Town & Country's first application for
this garbage dump proposal is now stopped. A second application
for this dump proposal is currently on appeal with the Appellate
Court . A decision by the Appellate Court against Town & Country
Utilities would likely end this dump proposal unless Town &
Country attempts a third application which would start the whole
process over from the beginning with a multi-week hearing conducted
by the City of Kankakee.
Supreme Court Summaries
Opinions filed March 22, 2007
Nos. 101619, 101652 cons. Town & Country Utilities, Inc. v.
Illinois Pollution Control Board
Appellate citation: No. 3–03–0025 (unpublished order
under Supreme Court Rule 23).
JUSTICE FITZGERALD delivered the judgment of the court, with opinion.
Chief Justice Thomas and Justices Freeman, Kilbride, Garman, Karmeier,
and Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
In 2003, the city of Kankakee received an application for a new
solid waste landfill, to be located on a site recently annexed to
the city. After hearing testimony, the city approved the application,
but the county of Kankakee and others objected and appealed to the
Pollution Control Board. The Board reversed the city ‘s decision.
Judicial review in such matters is in the appellate court, rather
than the circuit court. The appellate court for the Third District
reversed the Board’s decision, finding that the result reached
at the local level should be deferred to.
On appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, the issue presented was:
on judicial review, which body should have its decision subjected
to the manifest weight standard--the city or the Board? In the opinion
issued today, the supreme court held that the decision to be reviewed
is that of the Board. This result is required by statute. The appellate
court’s ruling was error on this question.
Evaluating the result reached by the Board, the supreme court
held that its decision, rejecting the city’s approval of the
landfill application on the basis of the evidence then presented,
was not against the manifest weight of the evidence. The appellate
court was reversed.
Monday, November 20, 2006
POWER Beats Volini/City of Kankakee In The Appellate Court
POWER received word today that the Appellate Court has ruled in our
favor and against the Volini second application to site a Chicago
regional garbage dump with the City of Kankakee.
POWER sponsored this case on behalf of POWER supporter Byron Sandberg
and was represented by attorney Ed Vogt.
POWER also has hired Dr. G. Fred Lee, a nationally known landfill
expert from California. See Dr. G. Fred Lee's background at http://www.gfredlee.com
See his full report on the Volini/City of Kankakee dump proposal at
POWER also has worked with Stu Cravens. A hydro geologist in Illinois
All this was done by raising money through various fund raisers such
as garage sales, raffle, etc.
Volini 2 was overturned by the Appellate Court in Ottawa. They ruled
that Volini violated the 172 Landfill Siting Legislation which prohibits
filing a second time with the same application within two years of
the first application.
Now Mr. Volini must win the case filed against him at the Illinois
Supreme Court by the County of Kankakee. That case deals with the
issue of public safety in regards to polluting the river and the ground
aquifers. The water source of thousands in the area.
At this month's County Board meeting an attempt was made by Mayor
Green to have the County Board withdraw their Supreme Court Case.
The motion to withdraw failed on a 11 to 8 vote.
The bottom line is it ain't over until its over and the little
guys can fight city hall and win.
Friday March 03, 2006
POWER has received word by mail the IEPA has granted a permit to
Tom Volini/ City of Kankakee to go ahead and start construction
of the infrastructure for their Chicago regional garbage dump. They
have not been granted a permit to dump any garbage at this time.
If they do get the permit to dump garbage (this is a big if because
of the legal cases they have to beat including the POWER/OUTRAGE
supported case), they will be piling it over 200 feet high by first
digging through the shallow aquifer into the primary deep aquifer.
This dump will dig into and remove several feet of bedrock believe
it or not.
We feel this was a political decision hurried up because of legislation
recently introduced in Springfield to stop landfills from being
sited within 6 miles from an airport. This dump will be less then
three miles from the Kankakee Airport. They also needed to get this
done before the election while Governor Blagojevich. is still in
office. Tom Volini and his partner Fred Barbara have ties to Mayor
Daily and Governor. Blagojevich. The Chicago papers did several
articles on Fred Barbara and his connection to organized crime,
the trucking scandal and Mayor Daily.
The IEPA completely ignored two top notch scientists, Stu Cravens
and Dr. G. Fred Lee both of whom, based on the science of the area,
filed opinions with the IEPA stating this dump is based on junk
science and will ultimately pollute the ground water and river with
garbage leachate. Dr. G. Fred Lee suggests we go to Federal Court.
He also says a landfill with this design is illegal in many states.
The fight is not over, we may go to Federal Court. In addition we
have a case at the Appellate Court and the County has a case, if
they accept it, at the Illinois Supreme Court.
When this garbage dump leachate pollutes the water supply, Volini's
company will likely file bankruptcy and the taxpayers of the city
of Kankakee will be responsible for the clean up and water rates
will go sky high to make Kankakee river water drinkable. Such a
POWER urges area citizens to write or call our State Legislators
to push for immediate passage of Senate Bill 2501 and its companion
House Bill 5515. Sponsored by State Senator Steve Forby and State
Representative Richard Bradley. This bill would immediately outlaw
the construction of landfills within a six (6) mile radius of any
general aviation airport.
Such a restriction would have killed the Volini dump if the IEPA
hadn't already issued a permit for it but it is not too late to
get this Bill passed to kill the County/Waste Management Chicago
regional Landfill proposals as it is also about three miles from
the Kankakee Airport and is not currently being considered by the
IEPA. The prohibition will take effect immediately after passage
of the Bill and prohibit any municipality or county from approving
a request for siting a landfill within a 6 mile radius of an airport.
It will also prohibit the IEPA from issuing a permit for a landfill
situated inside the six mile radius.
State Senator Debbie Halvorson: 241 W. Joe Orr Rd. Chicago Heights,
60411 (708) 756-0882
State Senator Gary Dahl: 103 Fifth St., P. O. Box 260 Peru, 61354
State Representative Lisa Dugan: 135 S. Schuyler Ave. Kankakee
60901 (815) 939-1983
State Representative Careen Gordon: 760 E. Division Coal City 60416
Urge them to call the bills to the Senate and House Floors for
Please get the word out to your friends and neighbors in the Kankakee
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