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IDEM > Compliance > Land Compliance > Confined Feeding Operations Compliance > Open Dump near White Lick Creek in Hendricks County Cleaned Up Open Dump near White Lick Creek in Hendricks County Cleaned Up

July 2005

IDEM oversees cleanup of open dumps near White Lick Creek in Hendricks County

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) facilitated and oversaw the cleanup of several open dumps at a rural property along White Lick Creek, near Clayton in Hendricks County.

In April, Tim Hotz, IDEM Solid Waste and Agricultural Compliance Inspector conducted an inspection of the property. The solid waste included used tires, household trash, cars, appliances and scrap metal in numerous dumps on the property, which had accumulated over 30 years. In the main dump, he found large quantities of solid waste along a steep embankment of White Lick Creek.

In July, a contractor was hired to clean up the dumps, which included transporting all solid waste to a permitted facility and/or metal recycler for proper disposal. In addition, the embankment along the creek had to be restored. The actions included re-grading the 40 foot high and 100 foot wide embankment and laying rip-rap to stabilize and reinforce the bottom 15 feet of the bank. The remaining upper portion of the bank was reseeded and covered with a layer of straw and netting.

IDEM, along with other federal, state and local agencies, regulate the disposal of solid waste inIndiana. Open dumps and waste tires stored outdoors make an ideal breeding site for disease-carrying mosquitoes, other insects and rodents. Fires at these sites often are difficult to extinguish. The fires can cause a substantial amount of air pollution, which can create large amounts of residue and contaminate nearby air, land and water.

IDEM oversaw the cleanup, which was completed to the agency’s satisfaction to be protective of human health and the environment by the end of July.

For further information about this cleanup, call the following staff directly or at IDEM’s toll-free number, (800) 451-6027

Tim Hotz
Section Chief
Agricultural and Solid Waste Compliance Section
(317) 308-3054

Charles Grady
Agricultural and Solid Waste Compliance Section
(317) 308-3115