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  • Introduced by:¬†Raymond A. Dieter, MD, Delegate, for DuPage County Medical Society

    Subject: Quarry Water Contamination

    Referred to: Reference Committee C

    Whereas, Illinois has 60 retired or underused quarries that accept dumping of so-called clean construction debris; and

    Whereas, typically materials are dumped with no checking or certification that the debris is contaminant-free; and

    Whereas, unlike landfills, Illinois quarries are largely unregulated and do not have liners that prevent dumped contaminants from potentially permeating water sources1; therefore, be it

    RESOLVED, that the Illinois State Medical Society advocate state regulations that 1) monitor groundwater around quarries used for dumping, 2) end reliance on quarries to regulate themselves, and 3) establish and enforce standards about what materials may be dumped in quarries; and be it further

    RESOLVED, that ISMS submit a resolution to the American Medical Association directing it to advocate for such regulations at the federal level.

    1  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-quarry-landfill-water-pollution-democrats-edit-0322-jm-20170321-story.html

    Existing ISMS policy related to this issue:

    ISMS endorses compliance with 1979 water radium limits and supports stringent guidelines for handling radium. (HOD 2004; Last BOT Review 2014)


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