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The City of Evanston filed suit in federal court against Chevron U.S.A., Inc. and E-Town Community Ventures, LLC on March 19, seeking an order compelling Chevron to clean up the site of a former Texaco gas station at Church Street and Darrow Avenue and for an order against Chevron and E-Town for the costs incurred to remediate the site. The corporate successor to Texaco is Chevron, and E-Town is the current owner of the site says the complaint.

The complaint alleges that the soil and groundwater at the site “are contaminated with petroleum, gasoline and their byproducts …” The complaint also alleges on information and belief that the soil and groundwater at the neighboring properties east of Darrow and south of Church Street are contaminated.

An engineering report, however, says the contamination to the east may be associated with the historical use of that property as a factory and laundry facility.

The complaint alleges that Texaco owned and operated a gas station and auto repair service station at the site from 1925 until the late 1990s, after which time the site has been vacant. In 2012, the City retained an environmental consultant to investigate the nature of the contamination at the site. The consultant reported that five of six soil samples which were analyzed have contaminant concentrations in excess of applicable EPA regulations, and that four underground storage tanks were still on the site: two 2,000-gallon tanks filled with water and gasoline, and two 3,000-gallon tanks filled with water.

The time for Chevron and E-Town to answer the complaint has not elapsed.