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Greenup Recycling and Auction House

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Contact Information

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

EPA On-Scene Coordinator
Sam Borries (borries.samuel@epa.gov)
312-353-8360 or 800-621-8431, ext. 38360


Greenup Recycling Inc. stored and packaged plastics for recycling at the warehouse on-site. Greenup Auction House refurbished and stored antique furniture in a building on the property. Both properties are located at 100 E. Illinois St, Greenup, IL. An alleged arson blaze destroyed both structures on May 19, 2010. The site covers the former Ettelbrick Shoe factory, which operated from the 1920s to the 1980s.

The fire destroyed the businesses and left only rubble and building debris at the site, which is unfenced and unprotected. The Illinois EPA asked EPA to assume oversight for the location in late August 2010.

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Site Updates

May 2011

Over the next three to four weeks, contractors under the supervision of US EPA will be removing hazardous materials left behind when the Greenup Recycling and Auction House burned down in 2010. US EPA will remove asbestos and lead from the property.

Contractors working for US EPA will set up fencing around the entire site. They will then be moving in equipment such as loaders, forklifts and an office trailer. Seven or eight people, who at times may be wearing protective suits and respirators, will be working on the site to remove and dispose of the building debris safely.

You may see crews spraying water on the debris to control dust. Additionally, air monitors will be set up to protect residents and workers from dust and debris potentially stirred up by the cleanup work. You may see additional truck traffic in the area. A safety plan will help US EPA reduce traffic risks.

EPA Plans Removal of Hazardous Materials (PDF) (2pp, 1.5MB) May 2011

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