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University of Illinois, CEDA, and the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District

Urbana, IL: (Aug-03-07) The US Department of the Interior, the US Department of Justice, the Illinois attorney general's office, the Illinois and US Environmental Protection Agencies, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources brought environmental damage charges against the University of Illinois, CEDA, a cleaning contractor hired by the university, and the Urbana & Champaign Sanitary District. The suit stemmed from a July 2002 incident in which the University of Illinois hired CEDA to clean boilers at the UI's Abbott Power Plant. A substance containing a high concentration of ammonia was released to the sanitary district, which discharged the wastewater into the Saline Branch ditch in east Urbana. The substance traveled south into the Salt Fork, past St. Joseph and Sidney, then east to Oakwood where the Salt Fork merges with the Middle Fork River, resulting in the death of over 100,000 fish. In a settlement reached, the defendants have agreed to pay $566,000 to federal and state agencies to resolve allegations. [NEWS GAZETTE: AMMONIA FISH KILL]

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Published on Aug-6-07


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