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IL Attorney General sues local mine for use of "toxic chemicals"

by Aaron Price | Image: Foresight Energy
by Aaron Price | Image: Foresight Energy

1/9/2022 | 8:19 a.m.

FRANKLIN COUNTY - Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has officially filed a lawsuit against the Sugar Camp Mine in Franklin County.

The lawsuit, filed on January 7, 2022, alleges that the mine company violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act by releasing thousands of gallons of potentially hazardous PFAs chemicals to extinguish an underground fire.

The lawsuit alleges that Sugar Camp Mine created a "water pollution hazard" by releasing the chemicals, and was in violation of the company's pollution permit.

“Sugar Camp jeopardized public safety and irresponsibly violated both state environmental statutes and the constraints of its permit by misusing dangerous ‘forever chemicals’,” Raoul said.

“Exposure to such chemicals can cause long-lasting damage to the environment and poses a serious risk to public health. My office will work to ensure that Sugar Camp is held accountable for the damage it has done by using these chemicals.”

The lawsuit seeks penalties of up to $50,000 for each violation, and additional civil penalties of $10,000 for each day the violation continues.

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