Authorities investigating IL fertilizer spill

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and others are investigating the spill of liquid nitrogen fertilizer in north central Illinois. 

Ag co-operative, BCS, self-reported the spill of about 20,000 gallons of product on March 28th at a facility near Weston, Illinois.

In a written statement to Brownfield, BCS managing member Dan Brucker says, “We are currently working closely with all necessary governmental agencies, including the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, to determine the extent of any impact on the environment. We are proactively taking necessary steps to address any areas impacted and mitigate any damage caused. BCS LLC is dedicated to meeting and upholding environmental best practices.”

The facility is located near Rooks Creek on the McLean-Livingston County line where a fish kill was reported by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources last week.   The kill stretched 20 stream miles and affected an unknown number of fish.

IDNR biologists and conservation police are continuing to work with Illinois EPA to investigate the cause of the fish kill. 

A request for comment from the Illinois EPA has not been returned at this time.

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