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Updated: February 10, 2014 12:05PM



A chemical operator at the Blue Island Phenol plant in Alsip, who was seriously burned in a Dec. 13 explosion at the plant, is asking a Cook County judge to order the company to preserve any evidence from the blast.

Kevin Scarbrough, of Evergreen Park, wants to ensure that Blue Island Phenol does not destroy any evidence, including all audio and video logs, documents concerning any service or maintenance work performed at the plant and all documents related to a 2008 fire at the plant, 131st Street and Homan Avenue, according to the motion. Such a filing typically is made prior to a lawsuit being filed.

Neither Scarbrough or his attorney could be immediately reached for comment.

A Cook County judge last month ordered the manufacturing unit at the chemical plant where the fire occurred to remain closed until the cause of the explosion, which severely injured another worker besides Scarbrough, is determined.

The Illinois attorney general’s office sought the order to keep the unit offline until the company reports the results of its inquiry into the cause to the office, which sued Blue Island Phenol on Dec. 27, alleging, among other things, multiple violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act by the company.

The IEPA also wants the company to hand over information to help determine the blast’s environmental impact, including data on chemicals and air emissions that the explosion released.

Sun-Times Media Wire



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