Settlement reached on Summit, Illinois, hazardous waste
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Region 5 and the United States Department of Justice
announced a $2,055,373 settlement for cleanup costs at
the former IWI site, located in Summit, Illinois. A group
of 23 companies will reimburse the government for cleanup
work completed in October 2003.
The late Glenn Wellman operated four companies at the
1.7-acre site from the late 1960s until the late 1990s.
The businesses manufactured, cleaned and repaired stainless
steel totes designed to store up to 600 gallons of liquid
- typically flammable or corrosive materials such as
adhesives, inks, oil and paint. The property was abandoned
A nine-month cleanup effort by a Chicago-based, EPA Superfund
team resulted in the safe disposal of 683 tons of contaminated
soil, 568 tons of hazardous sludges, 568 drums and 52,300
gallons of hazardous liquids from a railroad tank car,
sumps and totes at the site. The remaining structures
on the property were razed.