- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

CICERO, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is seeking enforcement action against a Cicero company after an oil spill reached a nearby canal.

The EPA said Tuesday that it’s asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office to obtain an order requiring Olympic Oil Ltd., to stop the spill, determine its size and clean up contaminated soil and water. The facility blends and packages petroleum lubricating oil and antifreeze products.

The agency says an investigation last Friday found that petroleum products had spilled over an onsite containment structure and run into the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Containment booms were placed in the canal and a trench was dug to contain the petroleum from the containment area. Officials say 1,650 gallons have been collected and removed so far.

Company officials did not immediately comment.


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