Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on a recently
completed "Statement of Basis" document to clean up Area C of NIPSCO's
Bailly Generating Facility.
Area C includes
NIPSCO's historic coal ash disposal sites, which have impacted a portion of
the adjacent Indiana Dunes National Park.
"The facility area
that has impacted the National Park is called Solid Waste Management Unit
15, or 'SWMU 15,' EPA said in a statement released last week. "In the 1960s
and 1970s, SWMU 15 was an area of the facility where NIPSCO disposed of ash
created from burning coal to generate electricity. The ash is currently
buried beneath soil and sits underground to a depth of about 25 feet. Coal
ash contains various metals and the primary contaminant of concern in the
park is a metal called boron. Underground water, or groundwater, is in
contact with the ash and is carrying the underground contamination into the
EPA will make its
cleanup plan final after reviewing all comments from the public. The
Statement of Basis may be modified based on new information or public
comments, "so your opinion is important," EPA said.
EPA will review all
documents received between today, July 6, and Aug. 19.
Ways to submit
comments on the Statement of Basis:
-- By confidential
voicemail at (312) 886-6015.
-- By fax to (312)
-- By website at