EPA cleaning up contaminated soil

By Maggie Hockenberry , Lindsey Gordon , Anthony Antoine | aantoine@wcia.com

Published 07/14 2014 01:02PM

Updated 04/28 2015 02:05PM

Latest: 6:06 pm, 4/27/15, Monday
VERMILION COUNTY -- A hazardous site is getting cleaned up. EPA officials found soil with arsenic and lead. The toxic dirt came from the old Hegeler Zinc Processing Plant.

The case has been ongoing for more than eight years. Neighboring communities were tested. Crews will go and remove contaminated soil starting in August. Leaders expect it will take all fall to finish.
Latest: 10:04 pm, 7/24/14, Thursday
TILTON -- The EPA plans to clean up soil contaminated with arsenic and lead in a local neighborhood. Thursday, a meeting was held to talk to neighbors about how they plan to do it. The toxic dirt came from an old zinc processing plant.

Residents were given a chance to voice their concerns. Clean-up should take three months and cost more than $4 million. People can submit comments on the plan to the EPA until August 8.
Update: 4:46 pm, 7/24/14, Thursday
VERMILION COUNTY -- The EPA plans to clean up toxic soil near dozens of homes in Tilton. Hegeler-Zinc was a smelting plant which eventually closed, but homeowners lived nearby. Soil tested positive for arsenic and lead.

The EPA will remove and replace the soil. Clean up could take three months and cost more than $4 million. A public meeting will be held Thursday night.

Vermilion County Soil Meeting
Palmer Arena, Danville
July 24
6:30 pm
Original: 10:04 pm, 7/11/14, Friday
VERMILION COUNTY -- Some people in the county could be living on dangerous ground. The EPA sampled soil in Hegeler about a year ago. That's just south of Tilton.

The results are in and the soil tested high for lead and arsenic. 27 properties were tested and 27 more still need to be. Neighbors are worried about the possible effects.

There will be a public meeting at the Palmer Arena, in Danville, July 24.

Vermilion County Soil Meeting
Palmer Arena, Danville
July 24
6:30 pm

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