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Fifth and Hill

Excavation work at 5th and Hill site sparks outrage from health care group

By Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media - Excavation work continues at the site that once housed a manufactured gas plant in Champaign.

Ameren Illinois is working on the corner of 5th and Hill Streets to clear soil that is suspected of having traces of the pollutant coal tar.

Most of the work to remove the soil has taken place underneath a large protective tent, but on Thursday workers dug about three feet of dirt outside of the tent.That sparked concerns from the health care advocacy group, Champaign County Health Care Consumers.

The group said a monitoring device that checks for dangerous chemicals went off, raising the possibility that nearby communities might be at risk.

Sean Powers/Illinois Public Media/A bulldozer removes soil that is suspected of having traces of the pollutant coal tar on the corner of 5th and Hill Streets in Champaign on Thursday, June 9, 2011.
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Champaign council recommends case-by-case review for groundwater ordinance

By Illinois Public Media News - Champaign’s City Council has recommended that it consider repealing the city’s groundwater ordinance – but on a case by case basis. 

A capacity crowd attended Tuesday night’s 4-hour study session, urging the council to force the Illinois EPA and Ameren to conduct a full remediation of the former manufactured gas plant site at 5th and Hill streets, that includes neighboring properties.

Resident Lillian Driver operates a day care out of her home, where evidence of 6 different chemicals was revealed in a recent test.

Dan Petrella/CU-CitizenAccess - Ameren Illinois' cleanup of the former manufactured-gas plant at Fifth and Hill streets in Champaign continues.
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Neighbors, environment experts discuss former toxic site

By Dan Petrella/CHAMPAIGN -- Residents of a Champaign neighborhood surrounding a former manufactured gas plant have gained a new ally in their push to change a law that they believe allows the power utility AmerenIP to leave contaminated groundwater at the site.

Acton Gorton/CU-CitizenAccess/A tent covers the site of a former manufactured gas plant that is now undergoing cleanup operations. The site is located at Fifth and Hill streets in Champaign.
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