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Franklin, IN

Franklin, IN

Franklin Site Investigations

The Indiana State Department of Health site provides additional information.

IDEM Ongoing Investigations (click on the Virtual File Cabinet (VFC) links below to access all site documents):

  1. Former Warrior Oil
  2. Former Franklin Power Products (400 N. Forsythe Street)
  3. RCO Reed Corp.
  4. Hurricane Development (former Houghland Tomato Cannery)
  5. Former Arvin Industries

Hurricane Creek: Three surface water samples were collected on August 23. No detectable volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were found in any of the sample locations.

Short Term Air Monitoring: IDEM conducted ambient air testing on August 29 in six locations around the city. All six ambient air samples were well below IDEM Remediation Closure Guide Residential Indoor Air Screening Levels for PCE and TCE.

Stationary Air Monitor: Franklin Active Adult Center stationary air monitor installed on October 1, 2018. 

EWA/Mundell Report: IDEM committed to re-sampling three of the homes and the ambient air site due to the levels of contaminants detected as shown in the EWA (Mundell) air sampling report.

  • EWA/Mundell sampling location #6: IDEM re-sampled this home on August 14. No detections of PCE or TCE were found in the indoor air, crawlspace or ambient air.
  • EWA/Mundell sampling location #13: IDEM re-sampled this home on October 16. No detections of TCE or PCE were found in the indoor air, basement or ambient air.
  • EWA/Mundell sampling location #12: IDEM re-sampled this home on October 17. No detections of TCE or PCE were found in the indoor air, crawlspace or ambient air.

Ground Water and Soil Gas Sampling: Drilling was completed on August 28 and three ground water samples were taken. Soil gas samples were collected on September 6.

Paris Estates Well Sampling: Sampling complete. None of the nine VOC chemicals, including TCE and PCE,  were found in the water above the laboratory detection limits at any of the 24 homes tested. Individual results are available on the interactive map.


Office of Land Quality (OLQ) staff created the following IDEM guidance documents to help identify cleanup methods, technologies, or other tactics to use at contaminated sites in Indiana.


Franklin, like other cities and towns in Indiana, has a long commercial and manufacturing history. Environmental contamination in the city of Franklin has become a concern to its citizens. Residents have called attention to cancer cases in their community which they believe may be linked to environmental issues.

Exposure to volatile organic compounds can happen in many ways, but most commonly occurs when chemicals move through soil into ground water and subsequently are taken up into drinking water wells. Vapors may also migrate through sewers and into structures (vapor intrusion).

These same chemicals may be present in residences and businesses through the use of certain consumer products such as cleaners, adhesives, lubricants, dry cleaning, and stain removers.

Former Webb Wellfield:

Two of three wells in the former Webb Wellfield were contaminated with the chemicals cis-1,2-dichloroethylene and trans-1,2-dichloroethylene based on findings from routine samples collected from the wells in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. These chemicals are volatile organic compounds that were identified in the ground water at the former Webb Wellfield in quantities that did not threaten the potability of the water supply in Franklin. However, upon finding increasing concentrations of these contaminants over time, Indiana American Water chose to discontinue the use of these two wells in 2007 and by 2013 had closed all three wells. By doing so, the potential threat of exposure to contaminants (ingestion via drinking the water) was eliminated and the continued safety of Franklin’s water supply was ensured.

At no time during the operation of the former Webb Wellfield was the water from any of the wells considered unsafe for public consumption.

As a result of the contamination found in the former Webb Wellfield, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) conducted investigations to determine the source of the contamination. IDEM found tetrachloroethylene and trichloroethylene contamination in the soil and ground water west of the former wellfield (Houghland Tomato Factory). The investigation was referred to IDEM’s State Cleanup Program and is currently part of an enforcement-led action. IDEM will ensure remaining routes of human and environmental exposure, if any, are eliminated.


Franklin Power Products, Inc. and Amphenol Corp. conducted an environmental investigation and cleanup at their former Franklin, Ind. industrial facility under two Administrative Consent Orders issued by U.S. EPA’s RCRA Corrective Action program in 1990 and 1998. U.S. EPA determined that a former owner and operator, Bendix Corp., released volatile organic compounds and other chemicals into the environment.

U.S. EPA is responsible for overseeing the investigation and cleanup of the Amphenol site.

Edison Wetlands Association/Mundell Report:

Recent sampling by the Edison Wetlands Association (EWA) in Franklin has suggested that vapor intrusion of chlorinated compounds may be occurring at some locations in Franklin.

IDEM has reviewed the sampling information and does not believe that vapor intrusion has been demonstrated at any of the 14 sampled residences. As a precaution, IDEM has pledged to re-sample four locations: three homes and one ambient air site.

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