WASHINGTON (WEEK) — Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has obtained an order against the owners of Washington Senior Living in a lawsuit after a diesel fuel leak led to evacuations and soil contamination last December.
The order requires Washington Senior Living LLC and SC Washington Property LLC to take immediate action to address pollution in and outside the facility.
According to the lawsuit previously filed in January, the senior living facility located at 1201 Newcastle Road reported a diesel fuel leak on December 30, 2020 that was discovered two days earlier.
Strong fumes from that leak forced the evacuation of 35 of the facility’s residents for several hours with some relocated within the facility.
Raoul alleges the defendents did not take the necessary actions as requested by the Illinois EPA to address the release of fuel.
"The diesel fuel leak exposed Washington Senior Living residents to hazardous fumes, and the companies did not take adequate steps to address contamination," Raoul said. "This order will require the companies to take steps to evaluate and address any lingering contamination, and ensure residents are safe from the harmful effects of diesel pollution."
The lawsuit says state EPA inspectors visited the facility on December 31 and discovered a strong diesel odor.
Further investigation found that diesel fuel had seeped into the soil as well as the City of Washington’s storm water system, which drains into a tributary of Farm Creek and ultimately into the Illinois River.
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March 10, 2021 at 03:58PM