State environmental regulators say a former plastics plant in central Illinois where a 2004 explosion killed five people is now all but demolished and cleaned up.
The explosion at the Formosa Plastics plant in Illiopolis happened on April 23, 2004. Federal safety officials ruled a worker mistakenly opened a valve on a high-temperature reactor. The small town is 25 miles east of Springfield.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman Kim Biggs tells The State Journal-Register in Springfield (http://bit.ly/1lrbXc1 ) that a couple of
There are 90 aging coal-ash pits in Illinois — piles of slag left behind when coal is burned for energy. Now coal-ash residue is starting to show up in the water supply. Environmental groups are asking for tougher state regulations.
The Sierra Club of Illinois and the Prairie Rivers Network are among a number of environmental groups lobbying the state to hold energy suppliers accountable for coal-ash pollution.