Regulators still unsure of what caused illness at Cortland Elem. - – Rockford’s News Leader

Regulators still unsure of what caused illness at Cortland Elementary


In a report released this week, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says it's still not clear what kind of gas made sent dozens of Cortland Elementary students and staff to the hospital earlier this month.

Despite that, the owners of the landfill near the school were cited for multiple violations. The IEPA says work will be conducted to get an underground sample of the gas that was released January 14.

The 18-page report says no evidence of toxic gas was found after the release at the Waste Management landfill, but the IEPA says Waste Management violated an air pollution law and didn't follow stipulations in its permit. The company was also cited for not burning or treating the gas at the site.

A spokeswoman from Waste Management said the company is looking over the report.

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