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[IDEM] Agencies seek public comments on a “Commercial Storer of PCB Waste Approval” being sought by Bedford Recycling, Inc., Bedford, Indiana
Start Date: 1/24/2014 All Day
End Date: 1/24/2014
Entry Description

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) invite the public to provide written comments on the plan Bedford Recycling, Inc. is proposing for the storage of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste from the decommissioning of military sea mines. The approval will allow Bedford Recycling to temporarily store the sea mine anchor chains, which are coated with an anti-fouling compound containing PCBs, prior to disposal at a permitted off-site disposal facility. IDEM and U.S. EPA will issue separate approvals under state and federal regulations for this project.


The proposed plan calls for the sea mines to be transported from a U.S. Military installation to the Bedford Recycling facility. The sea mines have already had the main explosive removed. Bedford Recycling will then remove the anchor chain assembly from the remaining mine. All non-contaminated scrap metal will then be further processed at the Bedford Recycling facility, while the PCB impacted chain will be sent off-site for proper disposal.


The public can review copies of Bedford Recycling, Inc.’s application and each agency’s draft approval at these links:


      U.S. EPA:


Additionally, physical copies will be made available for public viewing in the Bedford Public Library at 1323 K Street, Bedford, Indiana. Individuals also may review physical copies of the documents by visiting IDEM’s Central File Room, on the 12th floor of the Indiana Government Center North building, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis. The file room is open Monday through Friday, excluding official holidays, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (local time).


IDEM and U.S. EPA will accept written public comments until the close of the comment period on February 28, 2014. The public should mail or e-mail written comments on the draft approvals to:


• Karen Kirchner, U.S. EPA Project Manager, RCRA /TSCA Programs Section, LR-8J, EPA Region 5, 77 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL. 60604-3590, via e-mail at; and via fax at (312) 692-2417.


• George Ritchotte, IDEM Industrial Waste, 100 N. Senate Ave., MC 66-20 IGCN 1101, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251, via e-mail at, and via fax at (317) 234-0428.


IDEM and U.S. EPA will consider and respond to public comments received and make determinations about the final approvals.


About IDEM

IDEM ( implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and our environment.



Contact Information:
Name: Barry Sneed
Phone: (317) 232-8596
Entry Type:
Press Release
Entry Category:
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  • Category:
  • Business & Agriculture
  • Agency Name
    Environmental Management, Indiana Department of

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