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Investigated and oversaw a cleanup at an open dump that included more than 1,000 waste tires.
Evansville, Vanderburgh County
Insect infestation, fire and potential fire residue contamination to nearby land and water
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) reached an agreement with the property owner at a waste tires 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 property. More than 1,000 waste tires were piled and scattered at the site and in a nearby wooded area in Evansville, Vanderburgh County.
The property owner did not have the financial resources to clean up the open dump. 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.
The cleanup included cutting the tires into quarters, shredding and hauling the waste to an approved solid waste management facility for proper disposal.
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 July, 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:
Southwest Regional Office
Agriculture and Solid Waste Compliance
Office of Enforcement