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Illinois AG Sues Over Refinery's Alleged Pollution

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 2:54pm

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois is suing current and past owners of a southwestern Illinois refinery for allegedly polluting nearby groundwater.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/LHxgpc ) reports that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed the lawsuit in Madison County over the Wood River Refinery on claims that oil, gasoline and other toxins were allowed to spread beyond the plant's property.

Madigan names as defendants the refinery's current owner, WRB Refining LP, and its predecessors ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil.

The village of Roxana filed a similar lawsuit in March.

The companies say they've been working with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to address the matter.

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