Title: Environmental Administrator - Bill Gonet
Address: P.O. Box 311
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Through a Delegation Agreement between the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) and Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Environmental Protection Department (MCEPD) regulates all of the operating solid waste facilities in the county permitted or regulated by the Illinois EPA Bureau of Land. The active landfills include the Litchfield-Hillsboro Landfill near Litchfield, and the Ameren Energy Generating Co. Landfill located at the Ameren Power Plant near Coffeen. We also inspect closed landfills (2) and investigate illegal dump sites.
The MCEPD enforces the applicable Environmental Protection Act statutes, Illinois Pollution Control Board regulations, and landfill permit conditions set by the Illinois EPA.
For the active landfill, these regulations and permit conditions govern hours of operation, types of material accepted, daily operations, cover materials, litter control, leachate collection, gas management and protection of groundwater quality. The landfill is inspected at least once a week and focus is on:
- methods of operation
- number of personnel and type of equipment to process solid waste in a timely manner
- evaluation of daily, intermediate and final cover
- litter control
- odor control
- load checks for unpermitted wastes
- salvage and/or scavenging activities
- leachate (liquid contaminated by waste) management
- gas management
- groundwater monitoring and remediation
Closed Landfill Inspections
Closed landfills are inspected approximately once per year to evaluate:
- final cover, vegetation, erosion control
- public access control
- leachate seeps
- evidence of open dumping
Illegal Dump Site Investigations
State statutes and regulations also apply to wastes that are illegally disposed of on public or private property. Illegal dump site investigations are usually initiated within a day or two after being reported.
Copies of all inspection and investigation reports are sent to the Illinois EPA. If violations are found and they are not satisfactorily addressed through voluntary compliance, enforcement actions are pursued through the Montgomery County States Attorney’s Office and/or the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.
To report complaints related to the solid waste facilities or for illegal dumping activities, contact the MCEPD at 217-532-9624.