A federal agency has begun removing lead- and arsenic-tainted soils from the former site of a battery retail store in Indianapolis.
Crews with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started the work Friday at the now-defunct Indiana Battery Co. site. Workers will excavate the hazardous substances at the site and install a protective cover to prevent contaminated soil from entering a nearby stream.
The site on Indianapolis’ southwest side was the location of a retail battery sales store from about 1962 until 2008.
A citizen who alerted the EPA about the site’s contamination wrote in a complaint that “truckloads” of batteries had been buried there.
EPA investigators confirmed that lead-acid battery related wastes containing elevated lead and arsenic were used in fill buried at the site.