Toxins in the air: Central Illinois factories and plants release millions of pounds of risky chemicals

Source:, May 14, 2024
By: Vivian La

The Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) facility in Decatur, which processes grain products into food ingredients and ethanol, released 2.7 million pounds of toxic chemicals in 2022, including one that can damage the central nervous system.

In Champaign, just blocks away from a residential neighborhood, the Kraft Heinz factory, which makes food products, is one of 14 facilities in the U.S. to emit 16,000 pounds of fumigant to kill termites.

The Viscofan factory in Danville, which makes casings for meat products, released 3 million pounds of a chemical that can cause long-term neurological effects to those in the workplace. Read more.

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