November 5, 2000
Spray Mercury Inside Homes
- Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and county prosecutors
filed a five-count lawsuit against Illinois-based Nicor, Inc.
contractors in an attempt to quickly clean up mercury contamination
in homes and buildings in 10 northern counties.
alleges that Nicor, Pennsylvannia-based Henkles &
McCoy, Inc., and Minnesota-based Northern Pipeline Construction
endangered public health and welfare, caused air pollution and
dumping, improperly disposed of waste and created a public nuisance.
are asking for an immediate injunction order
setting forth a rapid and supervised assessment and clean-up
20 a homeowner in the Chicago suburb of Mount Prospect
reported a silvery substance in the basement. Since the Mercury
on July 24, Nicor has reported that more than 280,000 homes
Illinois will be tested for mercury contamination, and that
efforts have commenced as testing continues.
inhaled over long periods of time, can cause nerve damage,
respiratory failure and kidney damage. For more information,
is, how many other communities are being contaminated
with Mercury and other hazardous materials coming from their
Check to see if you have a Mercury regulator installed on your
shown below in the No. 1 GIF, and contact your gas utility immeadiately
have it removed and tested for Mercury: