EPA Alleges Improper Removal of Asbestos Containing Material Against Springfield Company


SPRINGFIELD – Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett has referred an enforcement action to the Illinois Attorney General’s office against P. Mills, LLC, for causing, threatening or allowing the discharge of asbestos  into the environment so as to cause air pollution.

P. Mills, LLC is the owner of the former Pillsbury Mills Complex in Springfield.

Owners of the site are in the process of preparing structures for demolition.

In the referral, Illinois EPA asks the Attorney General to seek an Agreed Interim Order to include the State’s remediation expectations and secure the site to ensure no further work occur in contaminated areas except by those properly licensed to conduct such activities.

A news issued by the Illinois EPA documented the following sequence of events:

On August 4, 2015, IEPA received a complaint alleging the improper removal of asbestos-containing material. A
Illinois EPA staff visited the site on August 5 and found the site secure with no activity occurring.

Illinois EPA inspectors returned to the site on August 6 and observed workers at the site. A partial inspection identified evidence of improper removal of asbestos-containing materials.

Arrangements were made with the property owner’s attorney for the site to be open for a follow-up inspection on August 7, 2015. Illinois EPA inspectors arrived at the site on August 7 to conduct a more thorough inspection, documenting areas where disturbed asbestos is present and obtained samples.

The Illinois EPA inspection identified numerous violations of State and Federal law. Through the referral, Illinois EPA is seeking prompt enforcement action and proper remediation of the site. The Agency requests a licensed project designer design and submit for acceptance, a program to determine the scope of asbestos contamination and the methods and procedures to be utilized to remediate asbestos contamination resulting from improper removal and disposal activities at the site. A licensed asbestos abatement contractor must also be retained to implement the program.

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