According to a recent report, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued several violation notices to Demolition Excavating Group. In June 2012, the demolition company reportedly received a violation notice after illegally dumping debris from a demolition site near a creek.
Shortly after that notice was issued, DEG dumped debris at a sand and gravel business in Pekin. The owner of Pekin Sand & Gravel was reportedly shown paperwork by DEG that stated there was no asbestos in the debris they were dumping. However, an IEPA investigation discovered the debris was not clean.
According to IEPA, the debris should not have been dumped at Pekin Sand & Gravel. IEPA issued a second violation notice to DEG, but DEG moved the debris back to the demolition site before the notice could be delivered. However, the debris should have been taken to a landfill.
While it is possible that DEG did not realize their debris was not clean and could be harmful, demolition companies are expected to dispose of debris appropriately.
This situation demonstrates how one company failed to comply with standards put into place to protect our community and environment. The extent to which DEG's dumping of debris could harm people in proximity to the unclean debris is unclear. However, since IEPA rejected the debris from being reused for road construction, it seems the debris could be harmful.
We might not know when harmful chemicals or minerals are around us, which is why IEPA and other organizations investigate these types of situations. Even still, harmful chemicals can be around us without our knowledge of their presence. If a person suffers an illness as a result of exposure to a chemical like asbestos, the person may want to look into filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Source: Pekin Times, "Demolition fallout," Sharon Woods Harris, Feb. 8, 2013