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HazMat crews respond after 200 gallons of fertilizer leaks into storm drain in Volo

200 gallons of liquid fertilizer leaked into a storm drain at the intersection of Cornerstone Drive and Remington Drive in Volo Saturday morning | Photo: Google Street View.

Approximately 200 gallons of liquid fertilizer leaked from a truck into a storm drain Saturday morning in Volo, police said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Fox Lake Fire Protection District along with hazardous material teams responded around 10:10 a.m. to Cornerstone Drive and Remington Drive in Volo for a call of a chemical spill.

Police found a TruGreen Fertilizer truck that had leaked around 200 gallons of liquid fertilizer into a storm drain. Fire crews determined the fertilizer that leaked into the storm drain did not pose an immediate hazard to the surrounding community, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

Fire crews dammed the storm drains to try and prevent the fertilizer from flowing further into the drains, officials added.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Lake County Health Department and the Village of Volo were notified. Police said an environmental group was called to the scene for clean-up and decontamination.

The cause of the leak appeared to be from a faulty container holding the fertilizer, police said.


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