What started as a report of a bad smell has turned into a weeks-long cleanup of a chemical spill in Willowbrook.
Willowbrook Village Administrator Tim Halik said work continues to clean up a spill of what is believed to be ethylene glycol, a form of anti-freeze, from the ground and retention pond in the 7700 block of Quincy Street.
A witness called Tri-State Fire Protection District Oct. 7 complaining of a “terrible odor” in the industrial park across the street from Willowbrook Village Hall, Halik said. Numerous Dumpsters and other equipment are on the property. Although nobody was on the scene Oct. 22, residents have reported seeing crews in full-body protective gear working on the site.
Tri-State Deputy Chief Jack Mancione said the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is working to determine the source of the leak, as well as who will have to pay for the cleanup.
“I think it’s going to be a big one,” Mancione said.
Mancione said the public is not at risk and the liquid did not enter the sewer or water system.
“There was nothing that was dangerous to the citizens or the community,” he said.
Calls to the IEPA for further details were not returned Tuesday.