EPA Clean Up To Start In September


Danville – The federal EPA is telling residents of Hegeler they will be cleaning up 39 contaminated residential properties starting in mid-September.

The properties were likely contaminated by an old zinc plant that closed in 1955.  The contaminants include lead and arsenic.

“For each contaminated property we anticipate five to seven days from excavation to putting down clean sod,” said Colleen Moynihan of EPA Region 5.

This is just one phase of the clean-up process.  Old dirt will be trucked away and replaced with clean soil and sod.  The contaminated dirt will be placed on the site of the zinc plant and will be removed as part of a later clean-up of the main plant property.

Residents tell WAND News they are concerned their property values are being hurt and worry they will not be able to sell their homes.  

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