The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are fighting to end remediation work at the site of what was once a top-secret radar training school.
McDowell Grove off Raymond Avenue was the site of Camp McDowell, a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp that the Department of Defense later took over in 1942 so students could practice radar detection during World War II.
The barracks, garages, and shops have long since been removed but the Army is still responsible for any chemical contamination that may still be there.
After years of testing the water and soil, the Army Corps has found that there’s nothing to be concerned about and no further work needs to or should be done.
“In these areas that are preserves, you end up possibly doing more damage than what that level of contamination is,” said Andrew Evens, Senior Geologist for the Army Corps of Engineers. “So why spend the money to tear up this park when there’s really no need?”
They have until September 26th to work with the public to prevent the government from continuing further remediation work.
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