- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CALUMET CITY, Ill. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed adding a northern Illinois pesticide manufacturing site to its National Priorities Lists of Superfund sites.

The former Estech General Chemical Co. produced fertilizers and insecticides at the 54-acre site in Calumet City from 1952 until 1969 and produced sulfuric acid there until 1982.

A wrecking company at the same site also disposed of soft auto debris - called “auto fluff” - in the late 1980s and early 90s.

Tests show soil, groundwater and auto fluff contaminated with PCBs, pesticides, metals and other chemicals. The EPA in 1999 installed a soil barrier over about 27 acres of auto fluff, which is 20-feet deep in some places.

Superfund is a federal program that investigates and may clean up complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites.

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