Waukegan gets clean-up grant
Waukegan has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up an 11-acre site along Lake Michigan. The funds will be used at the former Fansteel property, 801 S. Market St., according to an announcement Thursday by Mayor Sam Cunningham and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider. The property was formerly used for industrial operations until 1987 and is contaminated with chloroform, heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and PCBs. The site was purchased by a developer in 2004 but remains vacant and only partially cleaned up since work halted in 2009 for financial reasons. Cunningham said the grant will allow for final cleanup and will open the area for redevelopment opportunities.