CHICAGO (CBS) — More than a month after a massive fire at a chemical plant near Rockford, groundwater tests have raised new environmental concerns.
Tests have found elevated levels of some harmful metals – including including antimony, cadmium, chromium, and nickel – in the groundwater near the Chemtool plant in Rockton, Illinois, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.READ MORE: From Hotels To Retailers, Staffing Shortage Crisis Persists In Chicago -- And It's Affecting Customers
Elevated metal levels were found in 16 of 20 monitoring wells on the site of the former Beloit Corp. toxic waste Superfund site, where the Chemtool plant is now located.READ MORE: City Leaders Hope New Campaign Will Boost Vaccination Rate, But Health Professionals Say It Will Take Time
Testing of private wells near the site will begin soon.MORE NEWS: A Closed CPS Charter School Leaves Student Without Transcript He Needs For College
Until then, the Illinois Department of Public Health is warning people who live near the fire and have private wells to use bottled water for drinking and cooking.