CCHCC believes that one
aspect of health care justice is a healthy environment. People deserve to live
in safe and healthy neighborhoods with unpolluted water and soil and clean, fresh
air. Issues of environmental protection often intersect with environmental
racism and issues of poverty. Working on environmental health and justice
issues frequently requires working in coalition or collaboration with other
In the past, CCHCC has participated
in the community organizing campaign that resulted in the closing of a medical
waste incinerator that was emitting toxic pollution into a low-income
neighborhood in Champaign-Urbana.
CCHCC's current work on environmental health and justice is focused on
organizing the 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign. This Campaign is a
collaboration between CCHCC and residents of the
5th & Hill neighborhood. The 5th & Hill Neighborhood Rights Campaign is
working to address the issue of the toxic site at 5th and Hill Streets in
northern Champaign. The site is the location of a former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP).
CCHCC is also working to protect the Mahomet Aquifer from toxic waste being dumped at the Clinton Landfill. The landfill, which is owned by PDC/AREA Disposal, sits directly above the Mahomet Aquifer, and has created a new kind of dump in order to receive highly toxic, carcinogenic chemical wastes, including Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) wastes.
Over 750,000 people in 14 counties rely on the Mahomet Aquifer’s water for their drinking, cleaning, agricultural, and industrial needs. There is no greater environmental or public health threat facing Central Illinois than the possible toxic contamination of the Mahomet Aquifer.
Please explore our website to find out more about this campaign and how
you can get involved!