Legal action possible after spill in Ill. creek

April 27, 2012

Associated Press

A chemical spill that killed fish in a central Illinois creek could lead to legal action.

The state Environmental Protection Agency is asking the attorney general to ensure the company involved in Tuesday's spill cleans it up thoroughly and keeps any chemicals from reaching the Mackinaw River.

The EPA says a truck carrying a mixture of herbicide and fertilizer hit a guard rail, tipped over and landed in Prairie Creek in Tazewell County. It spilled between 700 and 1,000 gallons, along with 60 gallons of diesel fuel, killing fish in the creek.

Officials tried to keep the chemicals from spreading by placing dams and absorbent booms in the creek. They also used vacuum trucks.

But they said Thursday that those efforts had "a limited effect."