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Posted By: DVC, 7/1/2021 8:21:05 PM

Toxic fumes and smoke from a burning former paper mill in northern Illinois that officials had believed was long abandoned but actually contained massive amounts of lithium batteries prompted officials to extend an evacuation order into Thursday for residents in the area. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday also asked the state’s attorney general to pursue legal action against Superior Battery, the property owner, for contaminants released into the air and water as well as for improperly handling waste. The fire that started in Morris around midday Tuesday prompted city officials to order the evacuation of 3,000-4,000 people in some 950 nearby homes, a school, church and small businesses.


Tons of stored lithium batteries, from phone size to electric or hybrid car sizes caught fire, all by themselves, apparently. Extremely difficult to extinguish. Great to have out in your garage. Not clear, but perhaps old worn out ones.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: BarryNo 7/1/2021 8:27:58 PM (No. 833107)
I wonder if someone was using the old mill as a dumping ground? It's expensive to actually recycle those things. Check who has contracts for recycling those things locally, and you might find something. Someone collects taxpayer money for collecting old batteries, then sweeps them under the rug to increase their profit.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: bad-hair 7/1/2021 8:43:25 PM (No. 833121)
Lithium batteries once on fire will kill you with noxious gasses. And you really can't put the fire out. Love your new Tesla by the way.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: formerNYer 7/1/2021 8:47:33 PM (No. 833122)
And Xiden is pushing electric cars and those batteries are a deadly carcinogenic disaster waiting to happen, lithium-ion batteries are a chemical mess chemical for humans and the environment.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: PostAway 7/1/2021 9:10:05 PM (No. 833137)
It is no longer surprising that a person with a name like Jin Cheng is responsible for poisoning yet another slice of America by using our country alternatively as a dumping ground/playground. Cheng says he’s way undercapitalized but is ready to clean up the mess he caused “as much as (he) can”. It’ll be revealing to see if and how he is punished by the legal system.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Geoman 7/1/2021 9:23:27 PM (No. 833141)
Just like Obama's EPA "accidentally" polluted Colorado's Animus River with toxic mine tailings, Biden's regime is doing more to pollute the atmosphere with its lithium fetish than all of the natural gas burning electric plants since the beginning of time.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bamboozle 7/1/2021 9:51:53 PM (No. 833152)
Mafia controlled waste hauler?
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 7/1/2021 9:55:24 PM (No. 833154)
There's no such thing as a moderately screwed-up democrat state. When those people do it, they go all the way.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lake Dweller 7/1/2021 10:04:03 PM (No. 833158)
Way too many convenient fires and/or explosions at US industrial sites. I know Democrats hate the country, but why would they destroy everything?
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