Illinois EPA Seeks Details About Alsip Chemical Fire

December 19, 2013

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is asking a judge to order operators of a Chicago-area chemical plant damaged in an explosion and fire to provide details about why it happened and how to prevent a recurrence.

The EPA says it has asked the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to seek a court order requesting the information from Blue Island Phenol.

The plant manager has said two workers were injured last Friday during the explosion and fire in the southern suburb of Alsip.

The EPA says it’s unclear what chemicals were involved in the fire. The agency wants Blue Island Phenol to conduct an analysis and submit it for state review, calculate the level of chemical releases and outline cleanup plans.

Company officials did not immediately return a message on Monday.

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