Burning of tornado debris irks Illinois village

COAL CITY, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois village's decision to burn tornado debris has put it at odds with a neighboring town.

The village of Diamond hired a contractor to burn debris from November's tornado, but has halted the activity temporarily after complaints from residents and the mayor of nearby Coal City.

Coal City Mayor Neal Nelson tells The (Joliet) Herald-News thatthick, black smoke drifted over some of his residents' homes, prompting complaints to village officials and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The burn site was in unincorporated Grundy County just north of Coal City.

Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc says the contractor had an IEPA permit to burn the debris, which is allowed in designated disaster areas.

But she's working to get the burn site moved closer to Diamond's village limits.

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