Request for Assistance: Letter to Illinois PIRG about the Mega-Dump

The following letter about the proposed county mega-dump is addressed to the Illinois Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). I swiped it off of Facebook; speaking of which, the Stop the DeKalb County Mega-Dump Group on FB has grown to 453 members and 9 officers in little more than a week.

On to the letter…

John A. Duerk
DeKalb, IL 60115

February 21, 2010

Illinois PIRG
407 S. Dearborn, Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60605

RE: Landfill Expansion in DeKalb County, Illinois

To Whom It May Concern:

Here in DeKalb County local citizens are very concerned about the proposed expansion of a landfill that is operated by Waste Management. At this time, county officials plan to increase the amount of garbage it receives from 350 tons to 2000 tons every day. Much of this will come from two other counties: McHenry and Kane. Since this landfill is situated amidst farms and close to a grade school, and because Waste Management has a history of polluting, we believe that the massive expansion will compromise both human health and the surrounding environment. The group of citizens that has taken an interest in this matter are organizing meetings and creating a website to inform the general public, but we need some help. Can your organization provide any insight or guidance regarding our campaign strategy as well as a connection to a sympathetic lawyer in the area that could assist with potential litigation?

For more information, here is a good article on this issue from the Daily Chronicle:

Thank you so much for your time. I eagerly await your reply.


John A. Duerk