Landfill ordered to take steps to prevent leaks

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 2:00 p.m. CDT

DEKALB (AP) — A state court has ordered a northern Illinois landfill where noxious gases leaked and drifted to a nearby school to take precautions to ensure that doesn't happen again.

A DeKalb County judge this week ordered Waste Management of Illinois, Inc., to implement multiple measures. They include installing a weather station to continuously report conditions at the site.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says the Jan. 14 leak sickened dozens of students and teachers at Cortland Elementary.

Waste Management spokeswoman Lisa Disbrow says the company's taken responsibility for what she called an "isolated incident." And she says it agreed in advance to the provisions in the judge's order.

Madigan's office also filed a related civil lawsuit. Disbrow says the company is reviewing it, but she declined to comment further.

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