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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - McLean County residents and businesses dumped much more garbage in 2014 over a year earlier - waste that goes to a landfill that could be full in fewer than two years. Ecology Action Center reports garbage collection increased 16 percent in 2014, to 226,000 tons. 

A central Illinois county has approved a settlement with a landfill company, stemming from a dispute over failed plans to store toxic PCBs in the facility over an aquifer.

A company that for years has planned to store toxic PCBs in a landfill sitting atop a central Illinois aquifer now says it's giving up the idea.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added an extra layer of regulatory protection for a central Illinois aquifer by declaring it a primary source of drinking water.

A bill aimed at protecting the Mahomet Aquifer from hazardous chemicals has been introduced in the Illinois House.  Urbana Democrat Carol Ammons’ measure would bar landfills from accepting PCB waste or specified levels of manufactured gas plant waste, if their runoff goes into the Mahomet Aquifer.

A landfill in East St. Louis will soon begin full operations of a facility that converts waste emissions into natural gas. The landfill operator will sell the gas they produce to Ameren Illinois, which can be used to heat homes. 

The Peoria City/County Landfill is set to get a revenue boost with a proposed legal settlement.  The settlement follows two years of talks between the City, County and landfill operator, Waste Management. The proposed deal would require the company to pay $130,000 more in annual fees to deposit trash in the landfill. Landfill committee member and Peoria City Councilman Ryan Spain says the settlement can help tackle revenue challenges, including less trash being deposited in landfill:

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After more than two years of talks, the Peoria City/County Landfill Committee has approved a tentative legal settlement with Waste Management.  The company operates Landfill #2 in Peoria County.  The proposed agreement would require Waste Management to pay more in fees for every ton deposited at the landfill to help cover costs.  That rate is going up 65-cents per ton.  The Peoria County Board and City Council also must approve the agreement for it to take effect.  The settlement with Waste Management also would include a landfill road compliance and maintenance plan.