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[IDEM] Legal Chop Shop receives state award for environmental accomplishments
Start Date: 1/4/2013
End Date: 1/4/2013
Entry Description

Wrecked vehicles being stockpiled in salvage yards can contain antifreeze, gasoline, oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, batteries, mercury switches and tires. If not managed properly, these yards can pose an environmental threat.


Legal Chop Shop, 2532 Goshen Road, Fort Wayne, Ind., was inducted into the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM’s) Indiana Clean Yard – Gold Level environmental recognition program on Thursday.


“I am pleased to see companies like Legal Chop Shop help lead the industry down a better path,” said IDEM Commissioner Thomas Easterly. “This is a great example of how we can work with a particular business sector and help them find ways to improve their processes while protecting Hoosiers and our environment.”


To pursue Indiana Clean Yard recognition, auto salvage yards begin by contacting IDEM for an environmental self-evaluation checklist. After correcting any problems as determined by the checklist, the yard becomes eligible for IDEM’s Indiana Clean Yard award. If the facility chooses to go through the rigors of additional requirements, they can achieve Indiana Clean Yard – Gold Level status. Achieving the highest certification level signifies that the auto salvage facility has gone beyond environmental regulations to show that they care about the community and are committed to protecting the environment.


IDEM launched its current initiative for auto salvage facilities in 2007 with a State Innovative Grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. IDEM staff members have since conducted hundreds of inspections around the state to help steer Indiana’s 650-plus auto salvage recyclers toward better environmental stewardship and encourage their compliance.


To register or receive more information about the Indiana Clean Yard and Indiana Clean Yard — Gold certifications, call IDEM at (800) 451-6027, ext. 4-6960. Auto salvage recyclers can obtain free, confidential compliance assistance and request confidential site visits by contacting IDEM’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance toll free at (800) 988-7901. For more information, visit the IDEM Web site at

About Auto Recyclers of Indiana
The Auto Recyclers of Indiana ( serves the interests and concerns of the automotive recycling industry of Indiana. 

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. 


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