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The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is investigating a 10-mile-long fish kill in part of the Sangamon River that it has traced to "the state's largest dairy," IEPA officer Bruce Yurdin said Friday night.


The agency would not name the dairy, but Illinois' largest dairy is in East Central McLean County, about 200 miles south of Chicago and close to the fish kill.


Yurdin, who is the IEPA's manager of field operations, said that a complaint came in to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Monday about "dead fish and frogs and a coffee-colored" discharge in the water.


The DNR confirmed the fish kill in 9 miles of Lone Tree Creek and one mile of the Sangamon River. The IEPA has linked the discharge to the dairy through an agricultural tile drainage line that ended in the creek, which is a tributary of the Sangamon River.

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