WBEZ | Crestwood http://www.wbez.org/tags/crestwood Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Contaminated water trial starts in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/contaminated-water-trial-starts-chicago-106781 <p><p>The trial has started for a former suburban Chicago water official accused of lying about how the village drew drinking water from a tainted well for decades, apparently to save money.</p><p>The one-time Crestwood official, Theresa Neubauer, has pleaded not guilty.</p><p>A federal judge asked Monday during jury selection whether any would-be jurors ever worried about the quality of the water in their communities. At least one said he had.</p><p>Prosecutors say Crestwood continued drawing drinking water from the well even after environmental officials warned cancer-causing chemicals had oozed into it.</p><p>Neubauer is the first official from the village of 11,000 to go to trial over the allegations.</p><p>Earlier this month, co-defendant Frank Scaccia chose to plead guilty rather than take his case to jurors.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/contaminated-water-trial-starts-chicago-106781 Crestwood officials indicted over well water http://www.wbez.org/story/crestwood-officials-indicted-over-well-water-90468 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/archives/images/cityroom/cityroom_20100305_san_111436_Stat_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Two former water department officials from suburban Crestwood were indicted Thursday for allegedly lying to environmental regulators about the village's drinking water.</p><p>Frank Scaccia, a retired certified water operator, and Theresa Neubauer, a former water department supervisor, allegedly lied to regulators for more than 20 years about using a water well to supplement Crestwood's drinking water supply from Lake Michigan.</p><p>Scaccia's employment with the Village was terminated in 2010. Neubauer is the Village's chief of police, and she's been placed on administrative leave pending further review. The two have been charged with 23 counts.</p><p>The city of Chicago tests and treats Lake Michigan water for contaminants.&nbsp;And municipalities that purchase the water are exempt from monitoring it for certain contaminants.&nbsp;But Crestwood officials allegedly chose not to report the use of the well and did not conduct the required testing of the water.</p><p>Vinyl chloride, a carcinogen, had been detected in the Crestwood water.&nbsp;The well in question has been shut down since 2007.</p><p>The federal indictment does not allege the actions of the Crestwood officials put residents or the environment at risk.</p><p>In a statement, the Village of Crestwood says it's "saddened" by the indictment. Village officials say they are cooperating in the government's investigation. But the Village says the indictment confirms that there is "not now and never has been any concern with the safety or quality of the drinking water in Crestwood."</p></p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 22:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/crestwood-officials-indicted-over-well-water-90468