EPA talks clean-up at zinc facility in Danville

Jul 24, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on the cleanup of one of the most hazardous sites in the U.S.

An estimated 109 homes located near a zinc facility in Danville, Illinois were exposed to high levels of arsenic and lead.  

Douglas Toole is the director of the county’s environmental health department. He says one proposed plan would replace contaminated soil around the site with clean soil. 

“It may not be the ultimate solution to it, obviously every time the wind blows or we get a hard rainfall,  some of that may wash over, but hopefully it’s not going to get as far as people’s yards where it is now.” 

Site operations ceased in 1987. In 2003, the EPA put up a chain-link fence to block people from coming onto the site.

EPA officials will speak this evening with residents of the affected homes to get more ideas on how to fix the pollution.