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Officials confirm Rockton air and water is safe

According to the Illinois EPA, the air and water around the Rockton Chemtool plant fire site were found to be safe after numerous tests.
Credit: Close-up of fire from WLS chopper

ROCKTON, Ill — Officials from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the air and water around the site of the Rockton Chemtool plant fire is safe.

In a press release published on Friday, July 9, officials detailed testing efforts done by the IEPA and the National Guard into the air and water quality in the area in the aftermath of the fire on June 14.

Experts collected a variety of samples from the area, including ash, wipe, run-off and river water from the site and the area aound the Chemtool facility. 

Reportedly, all but one of the samples was found to have levels of hazardous material below the residential exposure limit.

The experts also looked at Rockton's water supply and conducted tests, finding that all of the samples they collected were compliant with drinking water and groundwater standards. No negative impacts to the community's water supply were found.

As cleanup and remediation efforts continue, officials conclude that the fire and the efforts made to combat it have not impacted the location's air and water.

“After learning about the Chemtool fire in Rockton, I activated the Illinois National Guard and multiple other state agencies mobilized to provide resources and support to local authorities, working together with the shared goal of preserving the health and safety of community residents,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “As we have in the days following the emergency, my administration will continue to work closely with local stakeholders as the community recovers.

For more information and detailed testing results, visit the Chemtool fire page on the IEPA website.