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Illinois EPA seeks injunction against Conserv FS for ammonia leak

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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Illinois Attorney General for an immediate injunctive court order against Conserv FS and Schoff Farm Service.

The IEPA wants the businesses to immediately clean up the area affected by an anhydrous ammonia leak that occurred on Tuesday night. The leak started when an SFS tanker truck hit a valve on Conserv FS' ammonia loading rack.

Local fire crews were unable to fully stop the leak and the tank emptied over the course of the next 12 hours. Crews sprayed water on the leak to minimize the spread of vapor. About 20 tons of the chemical are estimated to have leaked and about 100,000 gallons of water were used by firefighters.

The runoff from the leak and subsequent water is believed to have gone in a branch of Kent Creek and a private pond. Both residents and officials have reported dead fish and vegetation, and a strong odor causing eye, lung, and skin irritation.

So far, Conserv has built dams of limestone on its property to contain the remaining water and installed an aerator in the pond to help dissipate the ammonia. The situation is being monitored by local officials, and officials with the Department of Natural Resources say they do not believe there's any danger to the Rock River or the rest of Kent Creek.

The IEPA has asked the attorney general's office for a court order requiring Conserv FS and SFS to do the following:

  • Contain and remove ammonia-impacted waters and soils continuing to pose a threat of water pollution
  • Review the design and safety features of the chemical storage and loading/unloading areas for deficiencies
  • Implement additional corrective and remediation measures as deemed appropriate

 

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