July 31, 2021

Illinois EPA Asks For Legal Action Against Business at Center of Morris Battery Fire – NBC Chicago

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it has referred an enforcement action to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office against Superior Battery Inc., the site of a lithium battery fire in Morris, which the EPA alleged violated the Illinois Environmental Protection Act and Illinois Pollution Control Board Regulations.

The Illinois EPA alleges Superior Battery Inc., 919 E. Benton St., “has caused, threatened, or allowed the discharging of contaminants to the air and water, and disposed or abandoned waste at an unregulated facility.”

“Additional violations may be added” as more information is gathered about the company’s management of the batteries, the Illinois EPA said.

The referral, which asks the attorney general to pursue legal action, said the fire produced “smoke containing potentially dangerous substances” and forced the evacuation of…

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