Algonquin Land May Be Tainted Officials Say They've Found Volatile Organic Compounds near Former Plant

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Byline: Kerry Lester

Land in downtown Algonquin could be contaminated, officials say.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Transportation officials have found "higher than normal levels" of certain types of volatile organic compounds east of the abandoned Toastmaster factory on Washington Street.

According to a joint news release by the IEPA, IDOT and village of Algonquin, no health risks have yet been identified for residents living in the area. The villageEs water system is not affected, and no private wells are believed to be in the area.

But the IEPA and the Illinois Department of Health plan to meet with home and business

owners in the coming weeks to discuss more testing and possible remedies.

The agencies discovered the elevated levels when they were taking soil and groundwater tests for construction of the Western Bypass, which is being built to alleviate congestion at Routes 62 and 31. …