November 26, 2018: Attorney General Madigan Announces Settlement With Baxter Healthcare Over Water Pollution. See details of $95K settlement in the Daily Herald article dated 11/26/18. See details here.
December 21, 2017: Illinois Attorney General's Office has filed a complaint against Baxter Healthcare Corporation in the Lake County Circuit Court. See details here.
October 23, 2017: Permit No. 2017-EN-62642 issued on September 29, 2017 to Baxter Healthcare will eliminate Baxter's discharge into Long Lake!
June 17, 2017: Join us for Long Lake Clean Up Day this Saturday! See details here.
May 2, 2017: Baxter CEO says no more Dumping Wastewater into Long Lake in Response to Picket by Long Lake Community! See details here.
May 2, 2017: Long Lake Picketers take pollution complaints to Baxter stockholders! See details here.
April 17, 2017: Baxter Continues with more Exceedance Violations in Q1, 2017! When will they comply with the IEPA or better yet, when will they connect to the Public Sewer?
March 21, 2017: Baxter's 2016 Exceedance Violations Go to Illinois Attorney General's Office See details here.
March 9, 2017: Homeowners, LLISA, and SPILL representatives attended Lakes Region Sanitary District Meeting. See details here.
January 23, 2017: Round Lake residents wait for Baxter Healthcare action to clean up Long Lake See Daily Herald article.
January 12, 2017: Baxter admits to environmental wrongdoing impacting Long Lake as part of the IEPA's ongoing investigation See details here.
November 17, 2016: Baxter meets with LLISA, but provides no solutions and continues delay tactics. See details here.
September 27, 2016: IL Pollution Control Board directed the IEPA to investigate complaint regarding the disposal of "Urgent Product Recalls." See details here.
September 2, 2016: Baxter responds to LLISA. See their response here.
August 1, 2016: Our intial letter to Mr Almeida and Illinois EPA to voice our concerns about Baxter's practices. See our letters.
YES, LONG LAKE HAS A POLLUTION PROBLEM!
Our Long Lake water is suffering from contaminants which drain from the Squaw Creek Watershed area. One source of contaminants flows from Baxter Healthcare International's waste water treatment plant, located at Route 120 and Wilson Road.
What is Baxter Healthcare International dumping into Long Lake?
The Illinois EPA has cited Baxter Healthcare International for numerous violations for chemicals and high BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) levels discharged. Known contaminants include Phospohorus, Nitrogen, Ammonia, Barium, Mercury, Oil and Grease. Violations for BOD levels mean that their discharge affects the dissolved oxygen amounts in lake. High BOD levels are associated with taking oxygen from aquatic life. Decreased oxygen causes fish and insects to die.
Wait, but we are on Public Sewer... aren't they?
No, Baxter has a permit, issued by the Illinois EPA (Permit Number IL0024074). This permit allows them to handle their own wastewater discharge.