Superfund Site Profile
The 1-acre Central Illinois Public Service Company (Ameren CIPS) site is located at 917 south Webster Street in Taylorville, Illinois. A manufactured gas plant operated at the site from 1892 until 1932. The coal gasification process produced a byproduct called coal tar. Coal tar is a mixture of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene as well as a class of compounds known as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which include compounds such as naphthalene and benzo(a)pyrene. As a result of the operations, coal tar contaminated the soil, groundwater, surface water and sediments around the site.