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May 29, 2012

MADIGAN FILES LAWSUIT ALLEGING POLLUTED GROUNDWATER AT WOOD RIVER REFINERY IN ROXANA

Springfield — Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court alleging that past and present operators of the Wood River Refinery allowed contaminants to enter the groundwater under the refinery and migrate beyond the refinery’s property line in the village of Roxana.

The 3-count complaint names WRB Refining LP, the current owner of the refinery, and several former owners and operators, including ConocoPhillips and Shell Oil, and alleges that contaminants including oil, gasoline and hazardous wastes leaked into and permeated the groundwater at the Wood River Refinery.

“These companies must be held accountable for the environmental and public health damage caused by this contamination,” Madigan said. “This lawsuit seeks a complete assessment and a plan to restore the quality of the groundwater and subsurface to pre-contamination conditions and to protect the people living in Roxana.”

Madigan’s lawsuit seeks the statutory maximum civil penalty of $50,000 per violation and an additional $10,000 penalty for each day the violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act continued. In addition, Madigan is asking the court for reimbursement of costs incurred by the Illinois EPA in the investigation and cleanup.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Morgan is handling the case for Madigan’s Environmental Bureau.

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