finishes emergency cleanup at Cadie Auto Salvage
United States. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) Region 5 completed an emergency cleanup of hazardous materials
at Cadie Auto Salvage in Belvidere, Illinois.
The site was previously used as an auto hauling and salvage yard
until the business closed in 2007. EPA contractors removed approximately
250 compressed gas cylinders and 60 drums and other containers.
More than 90 different known or suspected chemicals were transported
to facilities that specialize in hazardous waste disposal. Other
contaminants included waste oil and about 760 gallons of flammable
liquids. Additionally, contaminated soil was excavated and transported
The cylinders were originally owned by Environmental Technical
Services Corp. (ETSC). ETSC went out of business in 2003, when
it’s believed the containers were transported to the site.
Although the drums and containers have been removed, some environmental
issues remain, including petroleum contamination. The site is
near residential homes and a school. Tests of local wells did
not show any contamination of drinking water.
EPA spent approximately $320,000 on the cleanup.