On Tuesday, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is planning to assess soil for lead contamination near the former American Lead reclamation facility in Indianapolis. IDEM says the site was previously used for industrial purposes dating as far back as the late 1800s, as well as for secondary lead smelting operations from 1946 to 1965.
Specifically, IDEM says soil testing will be performed in rights-of-way along residential streets near the facility, which is located at 2102 Hillside Avenue.
According to IDEM, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency previously conducted lead soil investigations and removals in the American Lead Environmental Advisory Area in 2005, 2007, and 2016.
The area of contamination is defined as 25th Street to the north, Ralston Avenue to the northeast, along the railroad to Interstate 70 with I-70 forming the southern border, and the Monon Trail to the west. IDEM says there are properties in the area “where contaminated soil was not removed because the property owner at the time did not grant EPA or IDEM access; or results from samples showed lead concentrations below the mandatory cleanup levels.”
IDEM says its staff will be field testing soils in areas previously unsampled.
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