May 10, 2010 - An Illinois EPA spokesman said there's still no date set to issue a report about Algonquin homes that may be threatened by chemical contamination near the village's decaying Toastmaster factory. However, she summarized testing results for FEN last week this way: Readings outside two residences were just over the limit and both homeowners have been notified.
IEPA and the Illinois Department of Health announced in November that a plume of groundwater extending south east from the area of the factory was contaminated with elevated levels of volatile organic compounds. Experts said the water didn't pose a risk to residents but, since volatile means "easy to vaporize", they wanted to check to see if outgassing from the chemicals was contaminating area residences. Samples were taken late last year and the results were supposed to have been announced in February.