Wondering what’s up with the Conrail Rail Yard Superfund site?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will bring the community up to speed on cleanup progress at an upcoming public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Elkhart Public Library, 300 S. Second St., Elkhart.
Officials from the EPA and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will talk about recent activity at the site and answer questions from the public one-on-one.
The 2,500-acre Superfund area includes the rail yard off C.R. 1, the Osceola Drag Strip and other areas of contamination northeast and northwest of the yard, including residential neighborhoods on C.R. 1, Charles Avenue, Vistula Street and LaRue Street, according to past reporting by The Elkhart Truth.
The EPA defines a Superfund site as “an uncontrolled or abandoned place where hazardous waste is located, possibly affecting local ecosystems or people.”
Between 2004 and 2012, 4,350 pounds of volatile organic compounds were removed at the rail yard. An additional 2,030 pounds were removed from the drag strip during that time.
For special accommodations at the meeting or for additional information, contact Janet Pope, community involvement coordinator, by July 9 at 800-621-8431, ext. 30628, or firstname.lastname@example.org.