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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) Public Comment form

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently completed a Statement of Basis document to clean up Area C of the NIPSCO Bailly Generating Facility in Chesterton, IN. Area C includes NIPSCO’s historic coal ash disposal areas which have impacted a portion of the adjacent Indiana Dunes National Park. The facility area that has impacted the National Park is called Solid Waste Management Unit 15, or “SWMU 15”. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, SWMU 15 was an area of the facility where NIPSCO disposed of ash created from burning coal to generate electricity. The ash is currently buried beneath soil and sits underground to a depth of about 25 feet. Coal ash contains various metals and the primary contaminant of concern in the park is a metal called boron. Underground water, or groundwater, is in contact with the ash and is carrying the underground contamination into the park. EPA is interested in your comments on the proposed cleanup plan. The comment period runs from July 6 through August 19, 2020. Send your comments to EPA Community Involvement Coordinator Kirstin Safakas before midnight, August 19, 2020: