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Ottawa Radiation Areas

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Cheryl Allen (allen.cheryl@epa.gov)
312-353-6196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 36196

Remedial Project Manager
Nabil Fayoumi (fayoumi.nabil@epa.gov)
312-886-6840 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66840

City of Ottawa Contact
Arnie Bandstra (engineer@cityofottawa.org)
815-433-0161 x 41


(where to view written records)

Reddick Library
1010 Canal Street
Ottawa, IL


Beginning the week of August 24, EPA and its contractors will begin removing contaminated soil at the NPL-4 site. Workers will be operating heavy equipment within the property area located on the south side of N2753rd Road/Canal Road from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will also be heavy truck trac in the area. The work is expected to continue into September. During digging and loading operations, dust controls will be put in place.

Postcard update (PDF) (1p 123K)


The Ottawa Radiation Areas site, located in LaSalle County, Ill., consists of 16 areas polluted by radioactive materials. The 16 areas are scattered throughout the city of Ottawa and places outside the city. The areas were put on the National Priorities List as one site because the same wastes polluted each area.

The pollution came from the Radium Dial Co. (from 1918 to 1936) and Luminous Processes, Inc. (from 1937 to 1978). These businesses made glow-in-the-dark dials for clocks and watches using radium-based paint. Building demolition material and soil, polluted with radioactive waste, were used as fill material in the Ottawa area. Many of the 16 areas are residential sections and include some buildings.

EPA removed the polluted soil in the residential areas first and is now working to clean up the rest of the areas. EPA has cleaned up 13 areas.

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