Angry Crestwood residents question EPA officials

May 9, 2009 (CHICAGO)

"My assumption was the Illinois EPA was supposed to protect us and not the politicians," one woman said during the meeting.

A large crowd turned out to ask officials about reports the village drinking water was tainted. More than 20 years ago, the Illinois EPA discovered contaminants in the well. Crestwood officials reportedly promised to use it only in emergencies. However, an investigation alleges they knowingly mixed well water with water from Lake Michigan.

Congressman Bobby Rush sponsored Saturday's meeting. Residents asked questions and expressed their concerns.

Last week, federal agents raided Crestwood village offices, looking for evidence of environmental crimes.

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