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Public comment on NIPSCO Bailly plant cleanup extended

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public-comment period on the proposed cleanup plan for Area C of the NIPSCO Bailly generating facility in Chesterton through Oct. 18.

Indiana Dunes National Park has been impacted by a solid waste management unit in Area C, EPA said.

‘In the 1960s and 1970s, NIPSCO used the solid waste management unit to dispose of ash created from burning coal to generate electricity,” EPA said. “The ash is buried about 25 feet underground. Coal ash contains various hazardous metals, and the primary contaminant of concern in the park is a metal called boron. Underwater water, or groundwater, is in contact with the ash and carries the underground contamination into the park.”

A pre-recorded presentation on the proposed cleanup plan is available at

The project's contacts will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, to answer questions live through a conference line, accessible at (312) 667-5632, conference code 1344648

Comments on the proposed plan may be submitted through Oct. 18 in the following ways:

-- By confidential voicemail at (312) 886-6015.

-- By fax at (312) 697-2568.

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-- To Kirstin Safakas, U.S. EPA Region 5, External Communications Office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604-3590

To read the proposed plan, watch the pre-recorded presentation, or for more information about the site, visit



Posted 7/29/2020




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