EPA Begins Cleanup of Illegal Dump

Monday, Jun 14, 2010  |  Updated 5:30 PM CDT
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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Monday began cleaning up a vast and very illegal dump in South Suburban Markham.

Tires, vehicles, boats, trailer homes, and general construction and demolition debris litter the ground on the 12 acre site, posing multiple problems above and below ground.

"This may be the largest illegal dump site the Agency has encountered," said Illinois EPA Director Doug Scott. "I’m grateful that, with the help of the Village of Markham, the Attorney General and several other agencies, we can work toward a cleanup of this environmental and public health hazard.”

A large and stubborn fire in April led to the discovery, of the site, which is tucked near where the Tri-State Tollway intersects 159th Street.

Crews expect to have the cleanup complete by the end of June.

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