Runoff Forces Closure Of Kickapoo Park Fishing Pond
A fishing pond at Kickapoo State Park in Vermilion County is closed until further notice… as the Illinois Attorney General’s office investigates runoff from waste produced at the nearby Bungee Milling Plant.
Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources says the pond will remain closed as a precaution – with no timetable for reopening. Spokesman Chris Young says his office has referred the enforcement of the case to the Attorney General.
According to the News-Gazette ... a local trucking business hired by Bunge has dumped 380-thousand tons of fly ash from the plant on private property near the park over the past 20 years. Fly ash is a byproduct of coal combustion, and can be harmful to the environment.
A section of Bunge North America's massive downtown Danville facility will close in two months.
About 100 employees will face layoffs when the plant's soybean processing operation comes to an end. Bunge spokeswoman Deb Seidell says the Danville site doesn't have the soy-oil refining facility that newer plants have.
"When you crush the soybeans and you get the protein meal and you get the oil, generally that oil needs to be further processed before it can go into the food stream," Seidell said. "From Danville it has to be trucked or sent by rail somewhere else to be refined because there's not a refinery attached to Danville."
But Seidell says there are no plans to build that refinery because the capacity for processing soybeans is outstripping demand. She says management and staff employees will receive outplacement assistance and severance while Bunge will negotiate with unions over the impact on other employees.
Bunge plans to keep its soy and corn elevators and dry corn mill open - they employ about 185 workers.
Hundreds rallied last year to save Kickapoo State Park near Danville from closing. What a victory! Because of those efforts, more than 1 million people will get to enjoy Kickapoo State Park again this year.
Kickapoo State Park is home to a 2,800-acre playground that includes mountain biking, camping, hiking, hunting, bird watching, scuba diving, fishing, skating, sledding and picnicking. Kickapoo Park is a great place to spend time with others, alone or as a family.
What are you doing on Saturday, April 25th?
Your help is needed to help clean up the park for all to enjoy.
Hello, my name is Lynn Wolgamat of Keep Vermilion County Beautiful. In partnership with WILL and the Great American Cleanup, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful is sponsoring clean up day at Kickapoo State Park in Oakwood on Saturday, April 25th from 8am until 1pm. You may have seen the announcement on WILL-TV or heard about it on WILL radio.
On April 25th, we're looking for hundreds of people to help plant trees, cut back walking trails, pick up litter and clear the ponds and river of garbage. Gloves and bags will be provided for the clean-up. Kickapoo Landing will provide canoes to adults who want to participate in the river clean-up. Lunch is free for everyone who helps. Last year 140 people participated. With your help, we can double or even triple that number.
If you are interested in cleaning up Kickapoo Park on Saturday, April 25th, please contact Jason at 443-6803. That's Jason at 443-6803. Or visit the WILL website for more information at will.illinois.edu. That's will.illinois.edu. Look for the article "Volunteer for Clean-Up Day at Kickapoo."
Clean-up day at Kickapoo State Park is a partnership between Keep Vermilion County Beautiful and WILL.