Some of Iowa’s hazardous waste is being dumped in Illinois to avoid Iowa’s regulations

The I-74 Bridge connecting Iowa and Illinois. Photo by sailorwind, Flickr.

A report from WQAD indicates that some organizations and people in Iowa are taking their hazardous materials to Iowa in order to avoid Iowa’s stricter regulations.

The demanufacturers in Iowa are carefully monitored, and apply fees for the removal of toxic waste such as PCB’s, mercury and Freon. The Illinois demanufacturers are given more freedom.

WQAD sent a reporter to one Illinois demanufacturer with hazardous waste material, and the company disposed of the waste without first removing the toxic chemicals.

See the video of WQAD’s trip to the Illinois demanufacturer here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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