The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened the 45-day public comment period for the proposed cleanup plan of an inactive power plant in Chesterton.
The proposal addresses the cleanup of Area C of the Northern Indiana Public Service Co.’s Bailly Generating Station, which abuts the Indiana Dunes National Park.
Area C includes former coal ash disposal areas that threaten wildlife in the Dunes with boron contamination.
The cleanup proposal includes the excavation and removal of 92,000 cubic yards of coal ash. The coal ash would then be taken to a lined landfill on the grounds of the Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield.
The proposal also includes mixing 86,000 cubic yards of coal ash found below groundwater level with a cement mix to immobilize contamination.
The EPA will accept public comments through Aug. 19. The agency will also host a virtual question and answer session Monday, Aug. 3.
Ways to comment:
By confidential voicemail: (312) 886-6015
By fax: (312) 697-2568
By website: https://www.epa.gov/publicnotices/forms/hazardous-waste-cleanup-northern-indiana-public-service-company-nipsco-public
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: Kirstin Safakas
U.S. EPA Region 5
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604-3590