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.