Crestwood mayor: Drinking water not hazardous

April 22, 2009 9:45:06 AM PDT
The mayor of Crestwood is breaking his silence about the village's use of a well contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. Robert Stranczek is sending letters to Crestwood residents and businesses. In the two-page letter obtained By The Chicago Tribune Stranczek does not deny the village pumped water from its contaminated well for more than two decades.

But Stranczek stresses that the well has not been used since 2007. That's when the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency found cancer-causing vinyl chloride in the water and ordered the village to shut off the well.

State officials have said the health risks were minimal because the well water was diluted with treated lake water in the village's distribution system.

Stranczek says that the drinking water did not contain hazardous substances beyond what the law allows.


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