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ROANOKE - A squabble with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) over procedures used to test for soil contamination after the removal of an underground storage tank was a big topic during Monday's village board meeting.

“It infuriates me we have a bureaucracy that’s costing us money,” board president Mike Smith said. “I want to sit down with the IEPA and get this process resolved.”

According to Ken Miller of American Environmental, he is maintaining correspondence with the IEPA, which has refused to sign off on several different proposed methods to sample and test the soil under the tank. He added a change in administration with the agency has made it more difficult to deal with them. Changes and delays in the project could cost the village up to $18,000 more than originally projected.

Miller added the process started nearly two years ago, but does not foresee any possible contamination.

See article on May 10 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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