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EPA wants public input on cleanup of Bailly ash site

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The U.S. 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 park."

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) 697-2568.

-- By website at

-- By email to

-- By USPS to Kirstin Safakas, U.S. EPA Region 5, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604-3590

Please note that the project's contacts will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. (ET) on Monday, Aug. 3, to answer your questions live. Dial into EPA's conference line at (312) 667-5632, conference code 1344648, to speak with an EPA staffer about the Bailly Generating Station.

All comments must be postmarked by Aug. 19. To read the proposed plan, watch the pre-recorded presentation, or learn more about the site, visit


Posted 7/7/2020




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