Neighbors still worry about toxic site

By Anna Carrera

Published 10/31 2013 12:49PM

Updated 10/31 2013 12:53PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Neighbors still have questions about a toxic site near their homes. Families living around Fifth and Hill streets attended a meeting Wednesday night.

People are concerned about some things you may not be able to see. The executive director for Champaign County Health Care Consumers says there's still contamination underground where an Ameren plant used to be.

Company leaders have been working to clean up the area since 2009, digging up dirt and other structures. But, some health leaders say they're concerned about long-term risks which could affect neighbors in the area.

Ameren officials say they've continued to collect data from the site and submit it to the state's EPA for review. They say the EPA has been satisfied with their work so far.

The 3.5 acre lot used to be a manufactured gas plant site. It operated from 1887 until 1953. Coal tar and other production wastes were left on the site until it closed. Ameren began excavating in 2009 to get rid of contaminated soil.

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