Illinois EPA urges legal action against battery company over Morris fire

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is recommending the state attorney general’s office pursue legal action against Superior Battery, the unlicensed business that was storing as many as 200,000 pounds of lithium batteries that caught fire in Morris on Tuesday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate.

In its recommendation, the Illinois EPA “alleges Superior Battery Inc. has caused, threatened, or allowed the discharging of contaminants to the air and water, and disposed or abandoned waste at an unregulated facility.”

Its referral is called an “enforcement action,” requesting the state move to penalize the company for several alleged violations.

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