At the Center of Controversy

By: Joe Hamilton
By: Joe Hamilton

Students are concerned about the environmental impact that the building of a Wal-Mart SuperCenter is going to have on a nearby nature center. They want Wal-Mart to rollback this idea.

Students from Boylan and Hononegah High Schools voice their opposition to the proposed development of a Wal-Mart SuperCenter in the field off Perryville and Bell School Roads. These protestors are concerned about what type of impact the SuperCenter will have on the existing plant and animal life.

The development will affect more than two acres of natural wetlands so Wal-Mart is having the Army Corps of Engineers look at moving the nearby wetlands and a tributary to the Kiswaukee River to make room for a SuperCenter .

But Wal-Mart says that they are complying with the Illinois EPA. A Wal-Mart spokesman told 23 News that they haven’t been told that the development of a SuperCenter next to their current store will threaten any species or threaten critical habitats, but protecting the environment is something these protestors don't think
Wal-Mart is really interested in.

Always low prices is something Wal-Mart is known for, but some are now wondering at what cost will have that have on the environment here?

It is unknown what impact if any this protest will have on constructing the new Wal-Mart SuperCenter. Public debate is said to over and Wal-Mart plans to have the SuperCenter opened by next summer.

Just last month voters in California overwhelmingly rejected Wal-Mart's proposal to build a SuperCenter. This new development was put on the April ballot. Now there will be an environmental review or public hearing.


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