Zionsville Times Sentinel

April 24, 2013

Dow site passes first environmental study

Two minor concerns and Phase II study remain

By Matt Werner
Staff Writer

Zionsville — Progress has been made on the potential Dow land purchase as a May 23 deadline draws near.

The Redevelopment Commission met for two and a half hours Monday night, April 22, to discuss the proposed land deal for approximately 94 acres east of Dahlia Drive along 106th Street.

Brian Wilson, a principal with August Mack Environmental, presented the commission with the results from a Phase I environmental study.

Wilson said the study looks at site inspection, historical review, regulatory files and interviews. The study cleared the property of environmental issues with a couple exceptions.

“There have been a number of investigations concerning the site,” he said. “We found that after the buildings were demolished in the late 1980s, there was a lot of debris and waste deposited on the site. There were a number of chemicals of concern that were all at a low level and not harmful to human health.”

Wilson said Dow entered into a Voluntary Remediation Program through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in 1996.

“There was about 100,000 cubic yards of waste excavated from the site, and 31 tons of impacted soils that were removed,” he said. “In 2008, the site was split into Remediation Area 1 and Remediation Area 2. The first area received a certificate of completion in 2004; the second area is still ongoing.”

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.