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IDEM Oversees a Cleanup at an Open Dump in Mooresville Using a Supplemental Environmental Project

Site Snapshot

IDEM Action

Investigated and oversaw a cleanup at an open dump that included more than 213 tons of solid waste.

Location

Rural residential property, Mooresville, Morgan County

Human Health & Environmental Threats

Potential rodent and insect infestation, fire and contamination from solid waste impacting nearby water resources.

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

An IDEM inspector from the Agriculture and Solid Waste Compliance Section found open dumping at a private prope rty. Solid waste, including household trash, tires, used auto parts and scrap metal was scattered throughout the property in a rural area in Mooresville, Morgan County.

The property owner had performed a partial cleanup at the open dump. However, the party did not have the financial resources to complete the cleanup. Through a SEP, a person involved in a different enforcement case agreed to pay a portion of the penalty to IDEM and use the balance for the cleanup.

Approximately 213 tons of solid waste were removed. The cleanup included separating the waste tires, metal and other trash. Tires were transported to a recycler. Metals were hauled to a metal reclamation facility. Trash was disposed at a permitted landfill.

Open dumping is a violation of Indiana rules 329 IAC 10-4-2 and 329 IAC 10-4-3. It poses threats to human health and the environment. Whole 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 that can create large amounts of residue and contaminate nearby land and water.

In June, the cleanup was completed to IDEM's satisfaction to protect human health and the environment.

For further information about IDEM's cleanup actions at this site, contact staff at the following phone numbers:

Tim Hotz
Inspector Senior
Agriculture & Solid Waste Compliance
(317) 308-3054
(317) 232-7201

Janet Arnold
Environmental Manager
Office of Enforcement
(800) 451-6027
(800) 451-6027

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