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Franklin Site Investigations

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.

Indianapolis Deep Tunnel System

The Indianapolis Deep Tunnel System (IDTS) is part of a federally-mandated plan to reduce the amount and frequency of raw sewage overflows into local rivers and streams. During large storm events, the IDTS will transport and store sewage underground until it can be treated at a wastewater treatment plant.

The Office of Land Quality (OLQ) regulates facilities located above the tunnel system. OLQ’s Indianapolis Deep Tunnel System Map [PDF] shows wellhead protection areas, sites in the Indiana Finance Authority’s Indiana Brownfields Program, alignments for the Fall Creek Deep Tunnel and the White River Deep Tunnel, and these types of regulated facilities:

  • Hazardous waste sites
  • Solid waste processing facilities and incinerators
  • Sites in OLQ’s State Cleanup Program, Voluntary Remediation Program, Underground Storage Tanks Program, and Leaking Underground Storage Tanks Program
  • Sites on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List
  • Sites with institutional controls

OLQ compiled the map on March 27, 2014. It is currently awaiting the remaining IDTS alignments for Lower Pogues Run, Pleasant Run, and the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector and Pump Station. OLQ obtained the IDTS information from Citizens Energy Group on October 25, 2013.

Indiana Harbor & Shipping Canal Confined Disposal Facility (CDF)

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in conjunction with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region V are preparing to issue PCB Alternative Disposal approvals to the United States Army, Corp of Engineers (USACE) for the disposal of PCB impacted sediments that will be dredged from the Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal.

Site 0153 Groundwater Contamination Site

IDEM has prepared an alternative proposed plan for the Site 0153 Groundwater Contamination Site.

Tell City General Electric Site Investigation

IDEM’s Hazardous Waste Corrective Action Program is overseeing General Electric’s (GE’s) investigation of releases of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at and from GE’s facility in Tell City. VOCs have been found off-site in ground water and in soil gas. Defining the extent of this contamination and preventing exposure to it in both environmental media is the focus of GE’s on-going work.