The former owner and operator of a local oil refinery has reached a $10-million settlement with the state to fund environmental cleanup at the facility over the opposition from the refinery’s current owner.  The settlement comes after years of litigation by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office against Apex Oil Company and the refinery’s current owner, the Premcor Refining Group Inc.

The suit was brought over petroleum contamination at the refinery.  Apex Oil Company Inc., owned and operated the oil refinery located near the village of Hartford from 1967 to 1988.  Madigan’s lawsuit alleged that gasoline and other petroleum products spilled and leaked from the refinery into the land and groundwater during the ownership of both companies.  Under the consent order, Apex will pay $10 million into a trust fund established to support cleanup and remediation activities resulting from refinery and pipeline pollution.  Premcor, which has owned and operated the refinery site since 1988, opposed the consent order with the former owner, and the state's lawsuit against Premcor is ongoing.

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