Stage of Clean-up: Construction Underway
Conditions at proposal (June 24, 1988): Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail) has operated a rail yard on County Road 1 at the southwestern edge of Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, since 1976. Previously, the 675-acre property had been a rail yard for New York Central Railroad (1956-68) and Penn Central Railroad (1968-76). The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has documented numerous spills at the rail yard since 1976. In June 1986, EPA's emergency removal program was asked by the Elkhart County Health Department to confirm analyses indicating that local wells were contaminated with CARBON TETRACHLORIDE and TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE). EPA's investigation identified five areas covering about 5 acres requiring further study: the diesel shop, the area surrounding OIL and water tanks, several areas where wastes may have been buried, the shop where car tanks were cleaned, and the Crawford Ditch, which flows into the St. Joseph River. More...
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