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Open house to be held Thursday for Joliet Township groundwater survey

JOLIET TOWNSHIP – One more home is being hooked up to a public water supply after a high level of sulfates – linked to the former Cytec Industries plant on McKinley Avenue – was found in groundwater.

A project team monitoring the groundwater will hold an open house from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 402 Singleton Place in Joliet, for those interested in information about the groundwater monitoring project, which began in 2003.

The church is in the area being monitored for high levels of sulfates linked to a chemical plant that operated in the area for more than 80 years.

About 20 homes have been taken off private wells and hooked up with public water supplies since monitoring began, said Ken Milo, project manager for Cytec.

Milo said the area of contamination has been stable, and it’s not clear why sulfates were detected in another well. Where groundwater sulfates exceed levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency, Cytec pays to have the property connected to a public water supply and pays water bills while the current owner has the property, Milo said.

The plant, which is no longer in operation, was an American Cyanamid plant for most of its life. It opened in 1921 as Superior Chemical, which sold the plant in 1931 to American Cyanamid. Cytec acquired the plant in 1993 and sold it in 2003 to C&S Chemical Inc.

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