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Toxic Pollution in Union, Illinois


Romanucci and Blandin, LLC represents over one dozen residents who have developed cancers and have lived in Union, IL. These lawsuits are currently pending in McHenry County.  We have discovered more than three dozen Union residents with cancer who reside within 0.25 miles of Central Wire and Phibro-Tech, including those who have attended Evergreen Academy – the grade school which borders the two chemical dumping factories. 

Potential health impacts of the dumping

The VOCs dumped have been found to cause health problems including:

  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma;
  • Autoimmune disease;
  • Thyroid Cancer;
  • Impaired fetal development;
  • Bladder Cancer;
  • Liver Cancer;
  • Kidney Cancer; and
  • Breast Cancer

Techalloy began dumping in excess of 300,000 gallons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) including TCE and PCE into the soil and groundwater in the 1960s.  Currently, the plume of VOCs extends two miles in a general northwest direction, past Goodmark Nurseries.  Evidence suggests that the groundwater will remain contaminated for the next 30 years as the VOCs remain in the water, soil, and air vapor.  Southern California Chemical Company, Inc., now Phibro-Tech, also dumped VOCs that leached onto Evergreen Academy. 

These chemicals remain in the soil and groundwater and can seep into homes and buildings in air vapor form.

Mass tort attorneys and class action cases

The Union, Illinois toxic pollution attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin know how to navigate these complex cases and bring justice to victims, and sometimes settle these cases without going to trial. In addition to the Union, Illinois case, our team also leads the environmental pollution case related to Sterigenics in Willowbrook, Illinois, we are lead counsel related to a hazardous chemical spill in Beach Park, Illinois and we are co-lead counsel related to the Chemtool fire in Rockton, Illinois.

With headquarters in Chicago, Romanucci & Blandin approaches a mass tort action or class action as a way to provide monetary compensation and hold a culpable person or institution financially accountable and responsible for the economic, physical and emotional damages that have occurred to a large group of individuals or families.

Our law firm has a team of attorneys and staff with years of experience with mass tort and class action litigation. Our team includes partners who guide the process and share their deep knowledge of these types of lawsuits. Each client and each situation is different, and your claim is treated with great care and respect as the team investigates what happened and determines the best path to justice for you.

At Romanucci & Blandin, our mass tort attorneys and class action attorneys research the most up-to-date regulatory changes, state laws and federal laws and hire trained and experienced experts to work as expert witnesses and consultants on your cases. We will evaluate your injury and claim and research the relevant statute of limitations applicable to your case. Whether it is to review medical bills and laws or know state agencies and governmental agencies and how they operate, we work to locate and utilize the best expert witnesses across the country who are experienced in all the relevant state laws. We work collaboratively with other law firms when the circumstances call for that and are proven leaders of these large group cases.

Free consultation on your case

The mass tort attorneys and class action attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin have proven success in these types of cases. If you or a loved one has been impacted by the Union, Illinois toxic pollution, please contact our office at, 312-458-1000 or click here to discuss your personal circumstance. There is never a fee until you are compensated for your injuries at the end of the case.

Disclaimer: The content found on this page is not legal assistance and contacting the mass tort and class action lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin’s law office for a free consultation regarding personal injury cases and wrongful death claims does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. 


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