ROCKTON, Ill. (WTVO) — Chemtool is being told to cleanup after last summer’s massive fire and explosions at its Rockton plant.
The Illinois Attorney General, along with the Winnebago County State’s Attorney, said that the court-enforceable order requires Chemtool to safely manage any remaining contaminants, as well as bring the site into compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
Chemtool will also have to reimburse the Illinois EPA and Winnebago County for their costs in responding to the fire. The fire started June 14 of last year. A worker with an outside contractor hit a pipe while using a scissor lift. Mineral oil began falling from the valve, pooling onto the floor.
Workers were setting up containment booms when the fire started. About 70 employees were working at the time, though no one was hurt. There were dozens of explosions, and everyone within one mile of the plant was forced to evacuate from their homes.
The fire burned for several days, and the evacuation order was lifted four days later on June 18.
The new order is part of the state’s lawsuit against Chemtool.