ROCKTON (WREX) — Residents waiting to find out what chemicals were inside Chemtool at the time of a massive fire last month will have to wait a little bit longer.
A judge ruled today that documents about the chemicals inside of Chemtool will be made available, but only to attorneys and experts involved in the case.
The documents include a site map which lays out where chemicals were at the site and how much of each chemical was there. The earliest Chemtool could be forced to make those documents public is at the next court date, which is scheduled for Sept. 22.
Earlier this month, Winnebago County State's Attorney J. Hanley and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a lawsuit against Chemtool Inc.
Raoul and Hanley allege that the fire and efforts to control the fire resulted in smoke, particulate matter and unknown quantities of other contaminants being released into the environment.
The lawsuit also includes allegations of air and water pollution, creating a water pollution hazard, and unauthorized waste disposal. Raoul and Hanley allege that Chemtool is liable for damages and for the costs the state and Winnebago County have incurred in responding to the incident.
Raoul and Hanley’s lawsuit seeks to require Chemtool to assess the extent of the contamination, and take immediate corrective actions to address the release of pollutants to air, water and land. The lawsuit also seeks to compel Chemtool to take preventative actions to avoid the future release of pollutants, and pay civil penalties.
Click here to read the full lawsuit.