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Rockford beach closes down for testing after anhydrous ammonia spill

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Closed until further notice. A Rockford beach, supposed to be open for its third day of the season Monday, has been shut down since last Thursday waiting for water tests to come back. According to the Rockford Park District, this is a response to last week's anhydrous ammonia spill.

Dead fish were spotted in a pond at Conserv FS on South Meridian Road. Investigators say last Tuesday, a tanker backed into a pipe, breaking it open. Roughly three miles east of that pond is Standfield Beach in Levings Park. According to the Park District's website, the beach is shut down for Illinois Environmental Protection Agency testing. Friday, investigators took samples at Standfield. Results were negative, but the IEPA re-tested Monday morning. Chief Lifeguard Brett Fraser think it's better to be safe than sorry, but it would've been a nice weekend for people to be at the beach.

"We've got fish jumping out of the water, we've got frogs jumping in and out of the water and the water is clear and pretty odor-free." -he says.

According to Fraser, results from Monday's testing haven't come back yet, but he expects the beach to re-open Tuesday at noon. He thinks about $100 in revenue was lost Monday.

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