Monday, July 27, 2009

IL Towing Co. Accused Of Posing Health Threat

Here's the WREX-TV news story:

ROCKFORD (WREX) - There's a call for action against a towing company accused of dumping materials that contained disease carrying mosquito larvae in a residential area.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Doug Scott has asked the Illinois Attorney General's office to pursue action against Northern Illinois Towing for open dumping and illegal management of waste tires which contained the mosquito larvae.

Northern Illinois Towing is located at 2501 Kishwaukee Street in Rockford, in an area where there are many homes.

During an EPA inspection, approximately 1,000 waste tires were found, some containing stagnant water that can serve as a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

The inspection also turned up evidence of open dumping of items like: empty gas containers, used batteries, drums containing unknown materials, evidence of burnt debris, landscape waste and various types of general waste and debris.

The city of Rockford has already condemned all of the buildings at the site, but the Illinois EPA is asking the towing company's owner to make sure all of the materials are properly disposed of before the buildings are torn down.

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