Waste Management

A number of local governments across Illinois are getting money to inspect pollution-control facilities and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.

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Dozens of students and staff at Cortland Elementary School received medical treatment Jan. 14 after complaining of nausea.

The smell from Waste Management's nearby landfill entered the school's ventilation system after  a construction worker unearthed old garbage. The company says strong winds carried the odor to the school.

DeKalb school district Assistant Superintendent Doug Moeller says a certified industrial hygienist will present the findings of his investigation Thursday night (2/6/14).

IEPA Reports Violations In Cortland Leak

Jan 24, 2014

Illinois regulators have issued a report on this month’s landfill leak that sickened dozens of students and teachers at a DeKalb County school.

Illinois EPA Probes Landfill Leak

Jan 16, 2014

The Illinois EPA continues to look into this week's incident at Cortland Elementary School.

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67 Cortland Elementary School students and staff members were admitted to Kishwaukee Hospital's emergency room today after complaining of nausea: they were sickened by a strong smell from the nearby Waste Management landfill.

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It was a long and contentious gathering in the Cortland Township maintenance garage last night: about 75 registered voters showed up to decide whether to take legal action to stop Waste Management’s planned landfill expansion there. 

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A group fighting landfill expansion in DeKalb County is going to take a new approach, pulling township government into the case. 

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The proposed expansion of the DeKalb County landfill is now in the hands of three appellate court judges.