April 16, 2018

EPA Begins Cleanup Of Former Indianapolis Battery Store Site

The Indiana Battery Company site, at 1302 S Bedford St. in Indianapolis, was the location of a retail battery sales store from approximately 1962 until 2008. - EPA

The Indiana Battery Company site, at 1302 S Bedford St. in Indianapolis, was the location of a retail battery sales store from approximately 1962 until 2008.

EPA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency has begun removing lead- and arsenic-tainted soils from the former site of a battery retail store in Indianapolis.

Crews with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started the work Friday at the now-defunct Indiana Battery Co. site . Workers will excavate the hazardous substances at the site and install a protective cover to prevent contaminated soil from entering a nearby stream.

The site on Indianapolis' southwest side was the location of a retail battery sales store from about 1962 until 2008.

A citizen who alerted the EPA about the site's contamination wrote in a complaint that "truckloads" of batteries had been buried there.

EPA investigators confirmed that lead-acid battery related wastes containing elevated lead and arsenic were used in fill buried at the site.

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