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The Indiana Clean Yard program was envisioned as a way to encourage businesses to take responsibility for ensuring that the environment and the community where they are located are protected. The intent is to allow salvage recyclers to self monitor environmental conditions at their site and fix any problems identified. This approach can be used instead of IDEM routinely inspecting facilities looking for environmental problems and if found, issuing enforcement actions. The first step in taking personal responsibility for protecting health and the environment is to conduct a self inspection of the facility. IDEM has developed a comprehensive environmental checklist for the facility to complete during the inspection. IDEM has also developed a complimentary workbook and DVD to help business understand the regulations and complete the checklist. If compliance problems or environmental concerns are found, the facility makes note of the issue on a form called the “Return-to-Compliance Plan” and indicates a schedule for achieving compliance or cleanup. In doing so, the facility is committing to remedying any problems. The program benefits everyone – the business, the community and the government. Businesses will run clean and productive facilities, the community will feel secure in knowing that the business in their neighborhood is protecting them from harm that could result from business operations, and the government (IDEM) can focus attention on those businesses who don’t participate and who pose significant environmental problems.
Anyone who operates a salvage recycling business or who recycles, sells, or salvages scrap metal from vehicles in any way, can participate.
Eligibility for certification as an Indiana Clean Yard is based on determining that your facility complies with environmental regulations, holds necessary licenses and approvals, and maintains an effective recycling program. Determination of your facility's compliance will be based on a review of your self-evaluation and the information you submit. Once a facility conducts the self-evaluation and completes the Auto Salvage Recyclers Certification Program Environmental Checklist and any Return to Compliance Plans, they sign the Auto Salvage Recyclers Certification Program Certification Statement and indicate on the bottom of the form that they want to be an Indiana Clean Yard. Finally, the facility submits the forms to IDEM. Once the facility completes any cleanup or compliance issues according to the schedule in their Return-to-Compliance Plan, OR, if the facility indicates they are in compliance, IDEM will contact the facility to reconfirm the company’s commitment to being an Indiana Clean Yard. IDEM will also confirm any cleanup or compliance issues, and ask a few general questions. Finally, IDEM will schedule a time to officially congratulate the newest Indiana Clean Yard.
Indiana Clean Yard - Gold Level is a level of recognition reserved for auto salvage operations that not only meet the criteria to be an Indiana Clean Yard, but have made an even greater commitment to environmental protection. Gold Level status is achieved by:
To be considered for Gold Level status please check the box on the Auto Salvage Recyclers Certification Program Certification Statement (found on the IDEM Forms page) and write “Gold Level” under the box to indicate your interest. An IDEM representative will then contact to you to schedule a visit and review with you any BMPs you have implemented at your facility. Gold Level recognition will be awarded based on the number of relevant BMPs implemented at your facility. A score of 75% or better on the BMP checklist earns Gold Level Status. Your score will be calculated by an IDEM evaluator. The equation used to calculate your score and an example of how to calculate your score is given below:
An auto salvage business may submit their application at any time. The program is continuous and on-going.
In order to maintain your Indiana Clean Yard or Indiana Clean Yard – Gold Level status, you must conduct the Environmental Self-audit and submit the Environmental Self-Audit Checklist, any necessary Return to Compliance Plan Forms and the Certification Statement to IDEM by the expiration date of your receipt of the award.
If you find a question where neither “yes” nor “no” is an appropriate answer in your situation, do NOT select either of those answers. Instead, write a short explanation in the space regarding your circumstance. For example, on page 3 of 8, question #4 asks “Do you use a registered transporter for your shipments of used oil?” If you do not ship any used oil because you recycle or burn all oil on site, then neither ”yes” nor “no” is appropriate response. Instead, write something like “we do not ship any used oil because we ...”.
The following are a couple of questions that contain errors:
On Page 3 of 8:
#5. Do you have a total on-site oil storage capacity that exceeds one-thousand-three hundred-twenty (1320) gallons?
Yes No - Submit RTC Plan
“No” should NOT have “submit RTC Plan” after it. Therefore, if you do not have capacity that exceeds 1320 gallons, you may simply check NO and strike thru “submit RTC plan”.
On Page 6 of 8
#2. Do you use solvents?
Yes – Submit RTC Plan No
“Yes” should NOT have “submit RTC Plan” after it. Therefore, if you do have solvents, you may simply check YES, and strike thru “submit RTC plan”.
On Page 8 of 8
#12b. Did your facility identify the source(s) of the contaminant(s) and eliminate them?
Yes No – Submit RTC Plan
If you had no contaminants in your storm water sample, then you may skip the question. To further clarify, you may then write in the space “no contaminants identified.