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Congressional District # 08


EPA ID# INN000509938
Last Updated: March, 2012

Site Description

The 18.5-acre Elm Street Groundwater Contamination site ("Elm Street site") is located in Terre Haute (Vigo County), Indiana.  Surrounding land includes an apartment complex and open/recreational land to the north, commercial and residential property to the east, commercial and industrial property to the south, and the Indiana American Water Company and Wabash River to the west.  The site is roughly bounded by Locust Street to the north, North 3rd Street (U.S. Highway 41) to the east, railroad tracks to the south, and the Wabash River to the west. 

In the 1980s several wells in Terre Haute's Elm Street municipal well field were found to have volatile organic compound (VOC) contaminants in them.  The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)identified three potential source areas for the VOC contamination  through the site assessment process.  The potential source areas include (1) the Gurman Container and Supply ("Gurman") property located at 800 North 3rd Street, (2) the Ashland (formerly known as BiState Products) property located at 118 Elm Street, and (3) the Machine Tool Service (MTS) property located at 701 North 1st Street.

Site Responsibility

The Elm Street Groundwater Contamination site is being addressed by a combination of federal and state actions.

Threats and Contaminants

Contaminants observed at the Elm Street site and potential source areas include VOCs such as tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), trans-1,2-dichloroethene (DCE), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA), 1,1-dichloroethane (DCA), and xylene.  Ingestion of contaminated water or dermal contact with contaminated soil could lead to human health effects.

Note: the Elm Street well field was later expanded to include a radial collection system in area of uncontaminated groundwater to supply the bulk of the drinking water for the city of Terre Haute.  The original municipal wells are used intermittently to supplement water demand for the area.  The drinking water supply, distributed by the Indiana American Water Company, meets EPA standards.

Cleanup Progress

EPA initially contacted the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) Gurman, Ashland, Consolidated Recycling, and MTS, to invite them to conduct a remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS) at the Elm Street site via the Superfund Alternative Site (SAS) process.  A remedial investigation is a study of the nature and extent of site contamination; a feasibility study is a study of site cleanup options.  The PRPs declined to perform the RI/FS and negotiations were terminated on February 1, 2006.

EPA listed the Elm Street site on the National Priorities List (NPL) on March 7, 2007.  EPA contacted the PRPs again to invite them to perform the RI/FS after it was listed on the NPL.  An agreement could not be reached and negotiations were terminated on February 22, 2008.

EPA is conducting the RI.  Phase I field work for the RI was completed in the fall of 2009.  A report for the Phase I field work was finalized in January 2012.  It is anticipated that the Phase II field work will commence in the spring of 2012.


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
howard caine (caine.howard@epa.gov)
(312) 353-9685





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