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Runoff Not A Concern in Hoopeston Fire Cleanup
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is no longer concerned about water runoff from a tire recycling facility in Hoopeston that was destroyed by a fire in June.
Agency officials have been monitoring the cleanup, and say half of the debris has been cleared from the site. But tons of rubber and metal still need to be removed from the north side of the property, and testing of groundwater continues.
"Actually, we're very lucky as far as contamination goes," Joyce Munie of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said. "The facility itself is probably 90 percent concrete. There were mostly buildings on parking lots, so ground contamination hopefully will not be of great concern."
After the remaining debris and one building is demolished, more testing will be done on-site.
The agency said there's no reason for residents to be concerned at this point, and cleanup will continue until the property meets standards.