Quinn demands answers about tainted water

April 21, 2009 3:15:53 PM PDT
Governor Pat Quinn is demanding answers from suburban Crestwood officials about the discovery of chemicals in the town's water supply. For more than two decades, residents of Crestwood have been getting Lake Michigan water mixed with water taken from a well.

Twenty three years ago, The Environmental Protection Agency ordered Crestwood officials to stop using the well except for emergencies because its water showed high levels of vinyl chloride.

But the well water was used until 2007.

The governor say Crestwood residents deserve an explanation.

"The residents should be notified no matter what. I don't care what the law says, I think its important to go beyond the law so everybody in Crestwood gets a full report about what went on here," said Quinn.

The EPA says it anticipates taking legal action against the village of Crestwood.