SPRINGFIELD –Illinois EPA emergency responders and water quality specialists are in Tazewell County again today in response to yesterday’s release into Prairie Creek, on Allentown Road west of the Village of Allentown, of several hundred gallons of a mixture of 28 percent nitrogen and 13.3 percent of an herbicide containing Atrazine. The address is reported to be 24815 Allentown Road. In addition, approximately 60 gallons of diesel fuel were released in the vehicle accident that caused the release. The spill resulted in a large and “complete” fish kill downstream of the incident site.
Along with the Morton and Pekin fire departments and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois EPA continues to monitor the situation, and is collecting periodic samples to determine how quickly the chemical is moving downstream and the effectiveness of the remedial measures being taken.
The Illinois EPA cautions anyone using the water from Prairie Creek between the spill site and the Mackinaw River (approximately eight miles) as drinking water for animals, recreation or any other purpose to avoid the area until the water is determined to be safe through testing.
While concentrations of the chemicals appear “milky” in the water, the chemicals can still be dangerous even after the water appears to be clears.