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Cicero company ordered to clean up oil spills near canal

(CICERO) State officials secured a court order Friday that will force a west suburban oil production facility to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater near the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

The order requires Olympic Oil Ltd. at 5000 W. 41st St. in Cicero to clean up the effects of a series of oil spills that began earlier this summer, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office said in a statement.

Since at least late July, oil and other pollutants have been leaking from the facility, contaminating soil and storm water that flowed into the adjacent canal, the statement said.

“This order will ensure the company takes the necessary steps to clean up the waterway and to prevent future overflows from contaminating the surrounding area,” Madigan said in the statement.

Olympic Oil will also be required to submit new soil and water samples, and a report detailing the progress of the cleanup to the Illinois EPA and the AG’s office.

The facility blends and packages petroleum lubricating oil and antifreeze products, the statement said. A status hearing in the case is set for Dec. 4 at the Daley Center.