The Northwest Herald is reporting that last Thursday, IDOT officials told concerned business owners and residents that the soil beneath their feet tested positive for high levels of TCE, a dangerous chemical that causes nervous system problems, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma and possibly death. The contamination was found when IDOT did routine testing in preparation for the building a bypass. The source of the contamination is alleged to be from a Toastmaster factory that has been long closed. IDOT is planning to buy the building and land, and remove the contamination from the soil there. They believe that will cut off the contamination.

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