Continued concerns about contamination

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Some people are still concerned about ground and water contamination in their neighborhood.

It goes all the way back to the 1800s when an Ameren site was on 5th and Hill streets. It left a lot of waste on the site. It left in 1953, but people are concerned what’s left over is dangerous.

The biggest concern right now is Ameren isn’t being as transparent as it needs to be. Ameren is required to post test results on the groundwater at the site four times a year.

Those results haven’t been posted to the website since 2015. Campaign leaders say they’re fighting for the rights of residents. They believe they have been kept in the dark.

City leaders say Ameren has finished its clean up. The groundwater is analyzed quarterly and analyzed by the EPA. Ameren is working with Illinois EPA regulations to clean up the site.

All the coal tar has been removed from the main site, but some people think the contamination has gone offsite.

Ameren representatives say the reason for the delay is a transition to a new consultant. They say they understand there’s been a gap in posting. They say their priority was collecting samples but didn’t realize they hadn’t posted them in a timely manner.

The consultant is responsible for compiling and analyzing the water reports. Ameren then evaluates that information. They plan to have their website updated by the end of this week with that analysis.

In the meantime, the public is welcome to call Ameren and ask for reports over the phone. Ameren wants the public to know they are not trying to hide anything. 

There will be a meeting to fill the community in on the test result situation.

Community Meeting
Douglass Branch Library
6:30 pm, Thursday

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