Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the latest to file a lawsuit related to groundwater pollution from the Wood River Oil Refinery in Roxana, Illinois. The suit against WRB Refining, Shell Oil, and ConocoPhillips, now Phillips 66, alleges contaminants from the refinery, including oil, gasoline and hazardous wastes, have leaked into the town's groundwater. A spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office, Scott Mulford, says it's time for the responsible companies to restore the groundwater under and around the refinery to precontamination conditions:
"The lawsuit itself at this point is seeking the statutory maximum civil penalty of $50,000 per violation, and an additional $10,000 penalty for each day of violation."
The Attorney Generalís lawsuit follows similar suits filed earlier this spring by the Village of Roxana and individual property owners. A spokesperson for Phillips 66 could not respond to the specifics of the lawsuit but said the groundwater contamination occurred under a previous refinery owner, Shell Oil. In an e-mail, Shell says it has been working to address what it calls "historic subsurface impacts."
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