Mt. Vernon Register-News

March 8, 2013

AG: Sauk Village must remove chemical from water


Associated Press

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SAUK VILLAGE (AP) — Sauk Village must continue cleaning a toxin from the town's drinking water supply.

A court order filed Wednesday in Cook County says the town must continue using air stripping equipment installed to remove vinyl chloride that was detected in two of the town's wells last summer.

Vinyl chloride is a colorless gas used in manufacturing, the long-term exposure to which can increase the risk of cancer. Officials say it's difficult to trace the source.

Illinois' attorney general's office and the Environmental Protection Agency say the equipment must be used until a permanent fix is found.

Sauk Village is prohibited from using a third well, which has been out of service since 2009 because of contamination.

Sauk Village is a town of about 11,000 straddling the Cook and Will county line.