Waukegan, IL


Waukegan, IL

The City of Waukegan is home to an estimated 87,729 residents, and it’s located in Lake County, IL.

This report will help you become better acquainted with Waukegan and the surrounding area by addressing the following questions:

  • Are there any hazardous sites in Lake County, IL?
  • How clean is the air in Lake County, IL?
  • What’s the average radon level for homes in Lake County, IL?
  • Is the water in Lake County, IL safe to drink?

Hazardous Sites near Waukegan, IL

There are five Superfund sites in Lake County, IL. Superfund sites, like Wauconda Sand & Gravel in Wauconda, IL, are areas that have been contaminated with hazardous substances. If not for the cleanup efforts orchestrated by the EPA, these sites could endanger people living in nearby communities.

The EPA uses the Hazardous Ranking System (HRS) to quantify the risk a contaminated site poses to human health and the environment. Sites assigned HRS scores of 28.5 or greater qualify for placement on the National Priorities List (NPL), and are eligible to receive federal funding for cleanup efforts.

Before the EPA deletes a site from the NPL, it conducts reviews to ensure the cleanup was sufficient. As a result, some sites remain on the active site list long after cleanup activities are complete.

For more information about the Superfund sites located in the Waukegan, IL area, be sure to review the map and background information provided below:


Map Legend:

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A. Wauconda Sand & Gravel (HRS Score: 53)

The Wauconda Sand & Gravel site is located in Wauconda, IL.

Contaminants found at the Wauconda Sand & Gravel site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
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B. Johns-Manville Corp. (HRS Score: 38)

The Johns-Manville Corp. site is located in Waukegan, IL.

Contaminants found at the Johns-Manville Corp. site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • Chromium
  • Lead
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C. H.O.D. Landfill (HRS Score: 35)

The H.O.D. Landfill site is located in Antioch, IL.

Contaminants found at the H.O.D. Landfill site include:

  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Benzene
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D. Yeoman Creek Landfill (HRS Score: 33)

The Yeoman Creek Landfill site is located in Waukegan, IL.

Contaminants found at the Yeoman Creek Landfill site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Cyanide
  • Lead
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E. Outboard Marine Corp. (HRS Score: No Data)

The Outboard Marine Corp. site is located in Waukegan, IL.

Contaminants found at the Outboard Marine Corp. site include:

  • Arsenic
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Cis-1,2-Dichloroethene
  • Naphthalene

Air Quality in the Waukegan, IL Area

The two most widespread forms of air pollution are ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot). Exposure to these harmful pollutants, for even just a short period, can have adverse effects on your health.

Thanks to data collected by air monitoring equipment located across the country, the American Lung Association (ALA) is able to assess and track our air quality using three metrics:

  • Ozone
  • Short-term Particle Pollution
  • Year-round Particle Pollution

In their 2019 annual report, the ALA rated the air quality in Lake County, IL as follows:

Ground-Level
Ozone Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Short-Term
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: A-F

Year-Round
Particle Pollution

Grading Scale: Pass/Fail

DNC (Data Not Collected): Data on associated pollutants were not collected in this county or county equivalent.
INC (Incomplete): Associated pollutants are being monitored in this county or county equivalent, but data were insufficient to assign a grade.

Radon Levels in Waukegan, IL Area

Air quality inside your home can be impacted by a number of factors, including the presence of hazardous substances in building materials (asbestos, lead, formaldehyde, etc.) and local radon levels.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas you cannot see or smell. It can build up inside your home and negatively impact your indoor air quality as well as your health.

To provide a guideline, the EPA assigned one of three zones to each U.S. county and county equivalent:

  • Zone 1 (higher radon levels)
  • Zone 2 (moderate levels)
  • Zone 3 (lower levels)

Indoor radon readings in Lake County, IL are expected to average from 2 to 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L), so the county has been assigned EPA Radon Zone 2.

EPA Radon Zone

According to the EPA, you should consider acting to reduce your home's radon level if it measures between 2 and 4 pCi/L, so if you're contemplating buying a home in Waukegan, IL, you should have a radon test performed.

Water Quality in Waukegan, IL Area

In accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the EPA sets regulatory limits for drinking water contaminants known to cause adverse health effects.

The following Lake County, IL water provider(s) violated the maximum allowable level for one or more regulated contaminants:

Filter ValueWater SystemContaminantHealth Effects
17097Briarcrest Sbdv Homeowners AssociationCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Briarcrest Sbdv Homeowners AssociationGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Countryside Lake Subdivision -Lake Co PwCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Elm Oak Mutual Water SystemCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Elm Oak Mutual Water SystemGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Fields of Long GroveCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Fields of Long GroveGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Glenstone Sbdv HoaCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Grandwood Park Subdivision - Lake Co PwCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097GurneeCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Heiden Gardens CondosCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Heiden Gardens CondosGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Lake Barrington Shores SubdivsionBariumIncrease in blood pressure
17097Lake View MHPCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Lake ZurichBariumIncrease in blood pressure
17097Lake ZurichCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Lake ZurichGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097MundeleinCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Park CityArsenicSkin damage or problems with circulatory systems, and may have increased risk of getting cancer
17097Park City MHPCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Promontory Pointe Homeowners AssociationCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Promontory Pointe Homeowners AssociationGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Round LakeCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Round LakeGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Round Lake BeachCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Royal Melbourne Homeowners AsnCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Royal Melbourne Homeowners AsnGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Shoreline Trc MHPCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097The Preserve At Long GroveCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Vernon Hills - Lake Co PwCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097VoloBariumIncrease in blood pressure
17097VoloCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Wadsworth Oaks SubdivisionCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Wadsworth Oaks SubdivisionGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097WaucondaCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097West Shore Park SubdivisionCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Whispering Lakes Water System, Inc.Combined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Whispering Lakes Water System, Inc.Gross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Wildwood Subdivision - Lake Co PwCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Wildwood Subdivision - Lake Co PwGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer
17097Wynstone Water CompanyBariumIncrease in blood pressure
17097Wynstone Water CompanyCombined Radium (-226 and -228)Increased risk of cancer 
17097Wynstone Water CompanyGross Alpha, Excl. Radon and UIncreased risk of cancer

In addition to setting enforceable standards for harmful contaminants, the EPA also established guidelines to assist public water providers in managing the taste, odor and color of their drinking water.

To find out more about what’s in your drinking water, contact your utility company and request a copy of the latest Consumer Confidence Report.


Sources and Methods

Hazardous Sites: Identified using a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), hazardous sites detailed on trendingtowns.com represent sites contained on the National Priorities List (NPL) as of November 25, 2019.  The NPL is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories.  All site-related data was sourced from the EPA.

Air Quality: Grades for ozone, short-term particle pollution, and year-round particle pollution were obtained from State of the Air 2019, a report compiled by the American Lung Association.

Radon Zones: Radon zone designations were obtained using a public use dataset provided by the EPA (September 11, 2019).

Water Quality: Drinking water violation data was sourced from the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), a public use database provided by the EPA.  The dataset included violations submitted to the database as of the third quarter of 2019.

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