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IL Attorney General sues Bartonville road salt firm for water pollution

Mon, 14 May 2012 17:25:51 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Illinois Attorney General has filed a water pollution suit against a Peoria County minerals operation. Carri Scharf Materials of Bartonville receives road salt by barge and conveys it over the Illinois River levy to stockpile for future sale. According to the suit by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, three years of tests show salt residue below the conveyor belt on struts and supports, indicating spillage into the river. State EPA water testing allegedly shows water discharged from a subsurface drainage system has elevated concentrations of chloride and cyanide. Both are anti caking devices used in road salt to prevent crystals from hardening and to make it easier to spread on roads. State officials say this is potentially toxic to aquatic life. Lisa Madigan says the conditions at the facility are a significant threat to fish and plant life.

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