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Congressional District # 03


EPA ID# INN000510229
Last Updated: November, 2011

Site Description

Required field.  The Lane Street Ground Water Contamination site is located at the edge of Elkhart, Indiana, on the northeast side. The site includes a plume of contaminated groundwater that extends toward the south from an industrial park, under County Road 6, to an area of homes located along Lane Street. The source has not yet been identified. The contamination includes trichlorethene (TCE) and other chlorinated solvents at levels higher than what are considered safe. It was discovered in August 2007 when a resident reported contamination in a well water sample tested because unrelated contamination had been discovered under an adjacent street. The site was proposed for inclusion on the National Priorities List (NPL) in April 2009. The site was finalized on the NPL on September 14, 2009.

Site Responsibility

Required field.  The site is being addressed through federal and state actions.

Threats and Contaminants

Required field.  The groundwater has become unacceptable as a source of drinking water. The contaminants of concern in the groundwater include TCE, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, cis-1,2-dichloroethene, trans-1,2-dichloroethene, 1,1-dichloroethene, and 1,1-dichloroethane. TCE is a volatile organic chemical (VOC) used primarily as an industrial solvent. The most common use of TCE is to remove grease from fabricated metal parts and some textiles. It is also an ingredient in some products.

Cleanup Progress

Required field.  Following the discovery of the contaminated well at one of the homes on Lane Street, the wells at other homes on the street were sampled and analyzed. The wells at several homes were found to also be contaminated. Initially, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) furnished bottled water to about 13 homes whose wells were either contaminated or were near contaminated wells. Later, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) provided water filtration systems to these 13 homes. After further investigation of the contamination, US EPA connected the 26 homes on the street and adjoining streets that had private wells to the municipal water supply, completing this in November 2008. The other homes on Lane Street were already connected to the municipal water supply.

The next steps will be further investigation of the contamination to determine its extent and to try to determine its source. This will be followed by a determination of the best means for addressing the contamination.


Remedial Project Manager, U.S. EPA
bernard schorle (schorle.bernard@epa.gov)
(312) 886-4746


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