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EPA unveils plans to clean up DePue

Posted by wlpo on June 23, 2016

While cleanup of contaminated soil left from New Jersey Zinc and, later, Exxon and CBS is a lengthy process, Illinois EPA officials say its moving in the right direction.

At an informational session in the DePue Gym Wednesday, several illustrations explained how a homeowner’s yard will be split into zones, tested, and cleaned if it’s found to be contaminated. According to Connie Sullinger with the IEPA Toxicity Assessment Unit, crews will see how far down the soil is contaminated in that part of the yard. They will then remove the contaminated soil and replace it with clean soil.

The sample areas are conservative, but would reduce the risk of further contamination, according to IEPA Project Manager Charlene Falco. Falco says the reason the project took so long to get going involved disputes between the state, Exxon, and CBS. She says the “responsible parties” estimate that once the cleanup starts, everybody’s yard will complete in 2.5 years.

There are still several areas of the cleanup which will need to be completed. If you want to comment or ask a question about the cleanup, you can go to the public meeting next Wednesday in the DePue Gym from 6-8.

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