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Trustees Defer Vote on Jiffy Lube Agreements

Leaky storage tanks under the Libertyville facility resulted in contamination of groundwater and soil under Rockland Road and Milwaukee Avenue.

agreed Tuesday night to defer a vote on an agreement with Jiffy Lube International, Inc., over future remediation of soil that could be necessary due to leaky underground storage tanks at the Libertyville facility.

Village board meeting documents state that "underground storage tanks located at the Jiffy Lube facility, 445 S. Milwaukee Avenue, in Libertyville experienced leakage resulting in an investigation and incident number being assigned by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency." The contamination area, or plume, extends beyond the Jiffy Lube property line to under Rockland Road and Milwaukee Avenue. Both the groundwater and soil were affected.

The board was presented with two agreements Tuesday night. The first was a Highway Authority Agreement between the village and Jiffy Lube International, Inc., and would provide "that the village will prohibit any party from utilizing groundwater from any area within the plume as noted in the exhibits attached to this agreement."

The second agreement was an indemnification agreement that states: "Jiffy Lube International Inc. has agreed to indemnify the village against any incremental costs in the event that during a construction or repair of Rockland Road, contaminated soil is discovered." The agreement "requires that Jiffy Lube reimburse the village for all such expenses, including legal costs associated with the review and preparation of these documents."

Mayor Terry Weppler, however, expressed concern about future costs should the Jiffy Lube company ever go out of business.

"I worry about down the road, because at some point are we going to put this on the taxpayers' shoulders?" said Weppler.

Trustee Richard Moras agreed, noting that in the event of a bankruptcy, it would be up to a judge to decide whether Jiffy Lube International would be liable for the costs.

"I think there is some potential liability in the future if we go through with this," said Moras.

Trustees agreed to defer their vote until they can obtain more information on the issue.

Bill Overton July 26, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Here is yet another landmark decision by our elected officials on behalf of the people of Libertyville. This stuff is still leaking into the soil and groundwater at this moment (for how long and to what extent the damage is anyone's guess). It's obvious to anyone that immediate action is absolutely necessary, and they table it. Hooray! First, they let Aldridge Electric pollute the village with the noise and flicker of their wind turbine and now they let Jiffy Lube ruin the soil and water. What's next, a nuclear plant downtown?
Brian L. July 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
This is asinine. How is this not being resolved right away?
gary schlesinger July 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
why not force jiffy lube to do the work that needs to be done to fix this? why let it continue with an agreement not to use the water? this is nuts. come on village, stand up for what is right and needed and get this fixed by jiffy lube now. why worry about a bk in the future? if fixed now, then that is not even a possibility.
Hawks Fan July 27, 2012 at 03:54 PM
From what I understand - the problem isn't getting worse.... the agreement will be in place to have Jiffy Lube pay for the cleanup when the roadway is eventually ripped up for repair... why would the village want to rip up the intersection now, if there's no reason to do so? Kind of a waste.....
Donny July 30, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Nowhere in this article does it state that it is still leaking / flowing into the ground.

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