Carthage is hopeful a switch of contractors will lead to the end of its responsibility for the old municipal landfill.
Indianapolis-based American Environment will take over monitoring the site. The company was the low bidder at $43,000 per year. It will also try to find a way to bring groundwater pollution levels into compliance with federal EPA regulations
Mayor Jim Nightingale hopes the firm brings " some new ideas out there that down the road we can present them to the EPA and get us out of the landfill business.”
Bushnell hoped to avoid spending the $650,000 for catalytic converters on the engines at its power plant. Mayor Steve Russell said the city keeps the plant as a back-up and doesn't run it regularly.
However, maintaining the power plant brings in $25,000 monthly payments.
Russell said the city buys electricity from a consortium, the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency. The agency makes those payments for the city's generating capacity. One condition is that the power plant meets EPA regulations. New regulations require the installation.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has cited Colchester for 28 violations of water quality regulations. The violations occurred from January through August of last year. The EPA gave the city 90 days to comply.
The city has been working to solve its water woes. It has completed one phase of the project.. The next two phases will take up to 2 1/2 years and cost up to $4 million.