Environmental Protection Agency has announced an enforceable agreement with
Northern Indiana Public Service Company to clean up contaminated soil at 12
residential properties and one municipal property near the Town of Pines
Superfund site in Porter County.
NIPSCO will hire a
contractor to conduct the cleanup and will pay all cleanup costs under the
terms of the agreement.
slated for cleanup have elevated levels of arsenic, thallium, and lead
resulting from coal combustion byproducts,” EPA said.
In November 2014,
EPA required NIPSCO to begin sampling the soil at properties near the Town
of Pines Groundwater Plume site. At EPA’s direction, NIPSCO has expanded its
soil sampling efforts to determine whether additional properties will
require cleanup in the future.
EPA anticipates the
removal work to begin in late spring. NIPSCO is currently working with
property owners to gain access for cleanup and has submitted a work plan to
EPA for review and approval. Work will begin once the plan is approved and
NIPSCO has access to the properties.