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IDEM > Compliance > Land Compliance > Confined Feeding Operations Compliance > Open Dump in Scipio, Jennings County Cleaned Up Open Dump in Scipio, Jennings County Cleaned Up

January 2006

IDEM oversees cleanup at an open dump through a Supplemental Environmental Project in Scipio, Jennings County

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IDEM Action

Investigated and oversaw a cleanup at an open dump that included approximately 317 tons of solid waste.


Rural property, Scipio, Jennings County.

Potential Human Health & Environmental Threats

Potential rodent and insect infestation, fire and contamination from solid waste.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) facilitated an agreement with the property owner of an open dump and a respondent, who was involved in another enforcement settlement to jointly clean up the solid waste at the site. The parties voluntarily agreed to participate in an environmentally beneficial project, known as a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) as part of their settlements.

In April 2005, an IDEM Agriculture and Solid Waste Compliance Inspector conducted an inspection at this residential site in Scipio. He found approximately 2 acres of solid waste piled and scattered throughout the woods behind a dwelling. The property owner did not have the financial resources to properly clean up the site.

IDEM arranged for the cleanup to be completed through a SEP. By utilizing a SEP, a party involved in a different enforcement case agreed to pay a portion of the penalty to IDEM and use the balance to clean up this open dump.

The cleanup included salvaging several mobile home frames, several tons of scrap metal and recyclable appliances. Approximately 317 tons of solid waste, which included five mobile home shells, two steel above ground fuel tanks, household appliances, demolition debris and three 40-cubic yard dumpsters containing waste tires were hauled to a permitted sanitary landfill for proper disposal.

Open dumping is a violation of Indiana Rules 329 IAC 10-4-2 and IAC 10-4-3. It poses threats to human health and to the environment. Waste tires dumped outside make an ideal breeding site for disease-carrying mosquitoes, insects and rodents. Fires at these sites are often difficult to extinguish. They can cause a substantial amount of air pollution that can create large amounts of residue and contaminate nearby air, land and water.

In January 2006, the cleanup at the site was completed.

Rick Schroeder
Environmental Manager II, Inspector
Agriculture & Solid Waste Compliance
(317) 308-3389

Janet Arnold
Senior Environmental Manager
Office of Enforcement
(317) 232-7201