Lebanon — The fate of Hot Pond is now in the hands of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management as the city is waiting on results of soil and other material testing.
Additional test samples were taken from the pond Friday, Oct. 11, said Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis. They know the material pulled from the floor of the pond is lime, he said, but IDEM wants to make sure there isn’t anything else in the lime.
“We don’t believe there is anything else in there,” Lewis said. “Once the results are back, we can start hauling it away and then figure out what to do.”
Dredgers have gone 20 feet down and are still finding lime, he added. If they have to go down to 35 feet, and if IDEM says the city has to clear it all out, that could cost around $750,000.
“Then the city would have to decide if it’s worth the money, or if we should just fill it in,” Lewis said. “It’s all up in the air.”
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