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Construction Complete at American Chemical Service

October 2004
Griffith, Indiana

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say construction for the American Chemical Service Inc. Superfund site is complete. The final phase of the cleanup began in early 2001, and was expected to be done in mid-2005. But a recent inspection of the site showed there is no need for additional work.

EPA and Indiana Department of Environmental Management experts checked the site Sept. 23, and found the equipment treating the ground water and soil working as it should. That meets the criteria for declaring the site construction to be "complete."

ACS recycled chemicals from 1958 until 1975 when it voluntarily stopped using two disposal areas on the property and covered them. These chemicals contaminated the ground water underneath the plant.

Open House and tour scheduled

EPA and IDEM officials will be available to answer questions about the cleanup during an open house:

3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20
Griffith Town Hall, 111 North Broad St.

Tours of the site will also be available during the open house, with shuttle buses leaving from the Town Hall beginning at 3 p.m.

view of American chemical service site with cleanup completed

A view of the American Chemical Service Superfund site, where the cleanup is now complete. To get a sense of scale, note the parked car at the left-hand edge of the photo.

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