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Come back and clean up your mess in DePue, IL!

Support the cleanup of DePue, including full restoration of Lake DePue, removal of the slag pile and other hazardous substances from the plant operation’s site and the entire DePue community.

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Seventeen years ago, the community of DePue, IL and Lake DePue were named Superfund sites by the Environmental Protection Agency due to the high levels of pollutants, such as zinc, lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and mercury. These contaminants were caused by the smelting of metals for the automotive and appliance industries, chiefly by companies ultimately owned by ExxonMobil and CBS/Viacom Corp. The village of DePue has yet to be cleaned up by parties responsible and the well-being of DePue’s residents and ecosystem is therefore in constant jeopardy.

Help us gather 1,838 signatures, one for each resident of DePue!

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This petition was delivered to:
  • ExxonMobil and CBS Viacom
  • The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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