Morris wells test positive for toxic chemicals

December 28, 2009 3:29:43 PM PST
High levels of several toxic chemicals have been found in some private wells in the town of Morris, about 60 miles southwest of Chicago in Grundy County.The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois EPA found high levels of arsenic, lead and other potentially harmful chemicals in at least 5 wells.

The state EPA and the Grundy County Health Department have not called for an investigation.

According to the Tribune the Illinois EPA wouldn't talk about the tests, but a spokesperson said the chemicals are naturally occurring and a nearby landfill had not failed any tests.

The company that owns the landfill tells the Tribune it tests for leakage quarterly and has never been cited for a violation.