Reservoir plan raises concerns about landfills

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) -- A proposal to build a 2,000-acre reservoir in Anderson is drawing concerns from residents worried about hidden landfills and potential pollution.
 
Madison County officials say the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir in Anderson would improve flood control, create prime real estate and boost economic development. The reservoir could also offer recreational activities for the public.
 
The project would involve building a 2,500-foot-long earthen dam along the White River and would cost between $300 million and $400 million. The Herald Bulletin reports the proposal has drawn questions about its impact on the environment.
 
City leaders say initial environmental assessments show small landfills under two shopping centers consist primarily of construction debris and that test wells installed to monitor groundwater at former General Motors sites haven't revealed significant pollution.

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