Well being officers are asking folks affected by a Rockton, Illinois, chemical plant explosion to share their experiences, together with whether or not they’ve skilled new or worsening well being issues.
The Winnebago County Well being Division is conducting the survey concerning the June 13 Chemtool plant fireplace in collaboration with the Illinois Division of Public Well being and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention/Company for Poisonous Substances and Illness Registry.
The hearth close to Rockton in northern Illinois despatched black smoke into the sky for days and prompted the evacuation of a whole bunch of properties. Nobody was injured.
The voluntary survey is on the market on-line till July 15.
“The aim of the survey is to raised perceive the affect of the Chemtool fireplace on the well being of the people who had been within the space,” Administrator Sandra Martell stated. That features “first responders, volunteers and in the event you had been passing by in that space.”
Martell stated the survey shouldn’t be meant to indicate that hazardous supplies had been recognized within the space. She stated knowledge will probably be analyzed and aggregated “to get a whole image of what the impacts had been to our neighborhood.”
Survey members are requested the place they had been through the fireplace and the way they might have been uncovered, resembling coming involved with particles, the air or the water. It additionally consists of questions on results on pets and livestock.
The survey will be accomplished on-line at www.wchd.org/fire or by calling the hotline at 815-972-7300 by July 15, 2021.