Sludge spill

A holding tank at the Caterpillar facility in southwest suburban Rockdale, Ill., was broken open Sunday, spilling about 65,000 gallons of oil sludge and contaminating at least a 3-mile length of the Des Plaines River.
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( Tribune photo by John Smierciak / February 9, 2009 )

A holding tank at the Caterpillar facility in southwest suburban Rockdale, Ill., was broken open Sunday, spilling about 65,000 gallons of oil sludge and contaminating at least a 3-mile length of the Des Plaines River.

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