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City of Quincy continues to pay for maintenance on old landfill

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The city of Quincy has another garbage issue on its hands, this one dealing with an old landfill.
   
City officials say they're paying around $80,000 a year to maintain Landfill 2 and 3 off Rock Quarry Road.

City engineer Jeffrey Conte says the main concern is keeping the groundwater flowing off the site, instead of seeping into the ground, to keep the dangerous pollutants from spreading.
  
Conte says this landfill was in use before the Environmental Protection Agency came into existence, but now, he says it doesn't meet EPA standards.The city is one of ten partners that must pay for maintenance and repairs, but he says it's mainly a health concern.

"Stuff that's breaking down, there's methane gas generated when the garbage breaks down, and materials that were toxic that were dumped down there to keep that all under the ground where it was buried," Conte says.

Monday night the city council listened to a second reading of an ordinance that would add around $80,000 to keep paying to maintain this landfill.
   
The current arrangement with the EPA has been in place since 1995, and Conte says it's not going anywhere.

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