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Wabash Environmental Technologies Waste Services Site

Site Information
  • Terre Haute, IN (Vigo County)
  • EPA ID# INN000509961
  • CERCLIS listing
  • Non-NPL, Removal only site
  • Alias(es): N/A
  • Photos
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628

On-Scene Coordinator
Theresa Holz (holz.theresa@epa.gov)
312-886-6845 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66845

Background

Wabash Environmental Technologies (WET). operated a used oil processing facility on First Street from 2001 to 2004. In December 2004, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)ordered the business to cease operations after finding serious environmental violations. The site also contains a wastewater treatment facility.

In 2005, EPA and IDEM had to remove 220,000 gallons of liquid from the treatment facility that was threatening to overflow its storage tanks after heavy rains.

The property is located in a mixed industrial, commercial and residential area. An apartment complex sits 200 feet away and a park, a day care center and four churches are also nearby.

IDEM asked EPA to use its authority under the federal Superfund law to step in and remove the health threat posed by the improperly contained chemicals.

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November 2013 update

Wabash Environmental Technologies, LLC (WET) and W.E.T. Waste Services, LLC (W.E.T. Waste Services) operated at the site which is located in Terre Haute, Indiana.  W.E.T. Waste Services transported, accumulated, and processed used oil and other materials containing hazardous substances at two main buildings at the site.  WET and W.E. T. Waste Services ceased operations at the site after they received a cease-and-desist order from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) on December 17, 2004. W.E.T. operated a wastewater treatment facility in the southwest portion of the site.  U.S. EPA conducted emergency removal activities in 2005 to address the threat of release of hazardous substances from overtopping of those tanks.  On May 8, 2008, IDEM requested U.S. EPA assistance to perform a site assessment after the City of Terre Haute expressed concerns about the large volume of materials left abandoned in the on-site buildings. On June 11-13, 2008, U.S. EPA conducted a site assessment.  The site assessment identified several hundred drums, improperly stored laboratory chemicals, large quantities of used oil, and potentially shock sensitive compounds in the laboratory building.  Portions of the site buildings were deteriorated with leaking roofs, and there was evidence of trespassing throughout the site.  On December 15, 2008 USEPA personnel and contractors began removal activities and completed those activities and demobilized from the site on April 15, 2009. All activities under this action are complete.

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