Contaminated Site Cleanup In Terre Haute Ahead Of Schedule

Crews began cleaning up an old coke and carbon plant in June, aiming to remove contaminants from the soil and groundwater.

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Photo: Jimmy Jenkins

This contaminated field was once the site of the Terre Haute Coke and Carbon plant.

The formerly contaminated site of a coke and carbon plant in Terre Haute will be cleaned up and ready for redevelopment in 2014.

The efforts, which began in June, aim to remove contaminants from the soil and groundwater as the result of the plant’s industrial waste. Contaminants found include lead, arsenic, benzene and naphthalene.

Steve Stanford, senior project manager at Weaver Boos Consultants, says the project will be completed ahead of schedule and well under its initial budget.

“Approximately 90 percent to 95 percent of the contaminated soil scheduled to be removed has been removed,” he says. “We received favorable contract bids early in the project, making it more economical than previously thought.”

Terre Haute residents expressed concerns that the process of extracting and transporting the contaminated soil would pollute the air.

However, Stanford says the contractors have implemented environmental and safety controls, and he is unaware of any complaints of additional pollution.

The project has been in the works for almost 20 years.

The Coke and Carbon Plant closed in the late 1980s. Now, the 49-acre swath of land is owned by the Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission.

Complete restoration of the area will begin next spring, when 29 acres of the area is expected to be ready for commercial and industrial use.

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